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Benin, Mozambique carriers taken off Air Safety List, can now fly to EU nations

Carriers from Benin and Mozambique have been removed from the European Union Air Safety List while the European Commission added one each from Nigeria and Zimbabwe during the latest update. The Air Safety List now includes 181 airlines in countries outside the EU that are either barred or kept from flying to member nations because of safety or regulation issues. “I am glad that we are able to take all …

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Open Skies Policy key to unlocking economic growth in East African region

Nearly 50,000 jobs and over $200 million could be added to the region’s growth domestic product (GDP) per annum if East African Community (EAC) member countries adopt the open sky policy, says a study. The study by the East African Business Council (EABC) approximates that liberalization of the airspace between the six EAC countries could result in an additional 46,320 jobs and $202.1 million per annum in GDP. Evidence suggests that …

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Study reveals that regulatory fees keep East Africa airfares high

Regulatory charges have pushed up ticket prices, which lead to slow rates of air travel in East Africa despite over a decade of liberalization in the aviation sector. These were the findings of a study that was commissioned by the East African Business Council. Regulatory charges alone are responsible for up to 24% of air fares in Kenya where airlines have to pay $50 (Sh5,150) as departure tax in addition …

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Open skies policy not good for EAC carriers, says a study

The market share of the five-nation bloc called East African Community could be compromised by foreign carriers should the proposed open skies policies be implemented, says a recent study. Global management consulting firm InterVISTAS conducted the study on costs and benefits of open skies, which indicated that increased competition from non-national carriers could impact the profitability of airlines in the region. “While increased competition has the potential to weaken the …

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EAC states meet to expedite implementation of single air transport market

The member states of the East Africa Community (EAC) are slated to meet in June to discuss the expedition of the enactment of the single air transport market. EAC Senior Transport Economist Eric Ntagengerwa said that the 14th EAC Sectoral Council on Transport, Communication and Meteorology will be deliberating the recommendations made by the Heads of Civil Aviation and Airports Authorities, to embrace the regional Air Transport Regulations. “The outcome …

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South African Civil Aviation to be scrutinized by ICAO audit team

South Africa’s civil aviation sector will be placed under a microscope in the next two weeks as an audit team from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) commences their assessment of the country’s capabilities in relation to aviation safety oversight systems. ICAO member states – a group that includes South Africa – are tasked conforming with the organization’s Standards and Recommended Practices to ensure that their local civil aviation operations …

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Unruly passengers might face criminal charges – NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that unruly behavior by air travelers will no longer be tolerated and violators might face criminal charges. There has been an increase in the number of attacks on airline personnel by irate passengers whose flights have been either cancelled or delayed. In some extreme cases, passengers went as far as blocking check-in counters or refusing to leave the aircraft. In a statement that …

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Consumer Protection Council and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority end long-running feud

All is well between the Consumer Protection Council and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority after the two parties decided to end their long-standing feud and agreed to work together for the benefit of consumers in the aviation sector. The pact was reached in Abuja during a meeting between the two agencies. The newly appointed Executive Secretary, CPC, Babatunde Irukera, said that they are now turning their attention to the prevailing violations …

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Open Skies for Africa still being opposed

18 years after African countries signed the Yamoussoukro Decision to liberalize air transport on the continent, the landmark pact has yet to make way for Open Skies for Africa. In spite of the support being shown by multilateral organizations, domestic carriers are not so keen about the proposed domestic Single Skies for Africa. The African Union (AU), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), and Economic …

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Air Peace Chief concerned over stringent conditions being implemented on his airline

Nigeria’s Federal Government is now feeling the heat to review the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) it signed with foreign airlines following the difficulty in reciprocation by Nigerian airlines. It was recently revealed that some West African countries and other nations were going out of their way to keep Nigerian carriers from flying into their countries, while enjoying unhindered freedom in the name of “open skies” in Nigeria. Aviation Roundtable …

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