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India in talks with Sri Lank to run airport near Chinese outpost

India is in the advanced stages of negotiations with Sri Lanka to run an airport on the southern part of the island, which has a huge Chinese presence owing to China’s Belt and Road initiative. Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala explained the country had been looking for alternate investors in the Hambantota area, where China has constructed a seaport and is in discussions to establish an investment zone and a …

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ICAO declares Greek airports to be safe

International Civil Aviation Organization Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, has declared Greece’s airports to be absolutely safe. The ICAO boss made the bold comments during a meeting with Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos in Athens. Liu described the results of a recent security check of the said airports to be excellent. The two officials also examined the possibility of an international partnership in civil aviation with a focus on the …

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IATA urges EU to regulate major European airport monopolies

The International Air Transport Association is pushing the European Union to bolster economic regulation of major European airport monopolies by putting the interests of air travelers first. Ensuring better cost-efficiency at Europe’s airports may result in cheaper airfares, more travel opportunities for passengers and enhanced European competitiveness. In turn, this would back jobs and stimulate the economy. The argument for stronger airport charges regulation is seen in how European passengers …

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India pushes for better, more stringent airport security measures

With the International Civil Aviation Organization audit already on the horizon, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has endorsed the ratification of the pending Aircraft Amendment Bill. The bill will provide the aviation security regulator, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), with more powers to make airports more secure. Poor compliance of BCAS audits was cited as the main reason for the pushing of the bill. With the ever-growing threat of …

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Nigeria’s Aviation Minister inaugurates task force to address airport regulatory issues

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika introduced an 11-member taskforce that would address regulatory issues at the airports. The inauguration was done compliance with the orders of Professor Yemi Osinbajo when he was the Acting President – that a committee should be put in place to focus on issues raised by the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON). Sirika said at the event that the taskforce’s mandates were: …

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Nigerian CAA certifies Murtala Muahmmed International Airport

  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has certified Nigeria’s busiest airport – the Murtala Muahmmed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos – after it found that it met global safety and security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). MMIA however, won’t be the last as three more are the follow in the coming weeks. These are the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Mallam Aminu Kano International …

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Indian government seeks to upgrade airports through policy changes

The Narendra Modi-helmed government is planning to upgrade the metro airports into bustling global aviation hubs, similar to that in Dubai and Singapore, starting with a series of policies, which include stalling bilateral deals that benefit rival airports. The move, officials deem, will also tackle the aviation sector’s financial troubles. The Finance and Civil Aviation Ministries believe that there is a pressing need to halt feeding rival airports in Dubai, …

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Air transport groups call on EU to address widespread delays after regulatory changes

Numerous air transport organizations have urged the European Union, in a letter they sent to the European Council of Ministers, to implement measures that would lessen widespread delays after recent regulatory changes. According to the letter, delays have risen at an alarming rate after the implementation of a regulation that sought to increase security for flights departing the EU. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airlines for Europe, the Airlines …

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport to raise service charges

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has announced that they are increasing service charges at airports to make up for the costs of investment in the airport system in a bid to raise the quality of service. Regulation was released last week that indicated that take-off and landing charges would rise by 5% from October 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018, on average. It would actually vary based on rush hours, normal …

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ICAO President praises security and safety protocol at Egypt airports

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu commended the Egyptian airports’ security and safety procedures that were in compliance with international standards. Aliu met with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and lauded the role played by the Egyptian authorities in the technical training field. During the meeting, Ismail harped on the significance of Egypt’s readiness to provide its proficiency in the field of civil aviation through its advanced …

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