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Australia: Federal Government launches inquiry into air travel

Australia’s Federal Government has launched another inquiry into air travel to determine the social and economic impact aviation services had on regional Australia. The latest inquiry comes in the heels of the first one that was tabled in November of last year, after that failed to find out whether airfares were reasonable enough because of a lack of information from carriers. Critics slammed the said probe after it came up …

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls out domestic carriers for excessive fees

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering taking action against local airlines over prickly issues such as exorbitant fees for changing or cancelling flights, and refusing to issue refunds. The ACCC will also be monitoring the reasons for airlines’ decision to cancel flights especially when speculations are ripe that the real reason is often low passenger loads. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims named Qantas and Virgin Australia and told …

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Bahamas signs Air Services Agreements with Qatar, Australia and Finland

The Bahamas has inked Air Services Agreements with Qatar, Australia and Finland. This development raises the number of agreements the Bahamas has with other countries, to 11. Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar shared that the latest pacts were initialed during the 10th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Air Services Negotiation event (ICAN 2017). ICAN offers countries with a common ground to discuss and finalize multiple bilateral air …

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Aviation industry worried about effects of Brexit, says Qantas CEO

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce admitted that the aviation industry is anxious about the impact that Brexit would have on international travel. The Irish-born boss of Australia’s national carrier said that he is hopeful that there would be a “good compromise” and that exit negotiations are “managed carefully.” “We all know it could be a shock for the Irish and the UK economies but [also] for the world economy,” Joyce said. …

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Australia ushers in new measures to strengthen security at airports

Australia has unveiled new regulations in a bid to strengthen security at its airports. Amongst the changes made to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 were the introduction of security screening for airport employees, stricter access controls and additional training on security alertness. The changes were made to make airside areas more secure and alleviate the threat of an attack initiated from the inside. “Airport workers, together with their vehicles …

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Papua New Guinea and Australia sign amended Air Services Agreement

Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia have come to terms on the revised Air Services Agreement (ASA) between them. The pact – which was signed by Transport Ministers Westly Nukundj for PNG and Darren Chester from Australia – would bring to fore new innovations in safety, security along with economic opportunities at the numerous entry points that are serviced between the PNG and Australia. The agreement, signed by Transport Ministers …

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Nepal and Australia close to signing Air Services Agreement

Nepal and Australia have made significant strides and are getting nearer to signing the first bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA), as Nepal Airlines is raring to start operations to the Land Down Under after acquiring new long-range planes. Nepal’s Civil Aviation Ministry officials bared Australian officials had responded positively to the proposal, and sent its response on the draft ASA prepared by Nepal. “We are preparing to send our views …

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Qantas Chief says airfares won’t rise even if security upgrades are implemented

Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce has said that airfares won’t be bumped up even if extra security measures are implemented to turn away potential terrorist attacks. Joyce backed the additional security measures to help tighten safety and security of passengers at Australia’s air terminals, and added that he doesn’t believe this would add even more expense to air passengers. “Despite extra security after 9/11 … (airfares) haven’t risen in the …

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Australian PM mulling deregulation of regional air routes

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is looking at deregulating air routes to lower flight prices in regional Western Australia. Turnbull visited the North West last week and said that he would look closely at the possibility of deregulating domestic air routes to allow more competition into the market. The Australian PM’s comes at a time when the State Government is launching an inquiry into the cost of regional airfares, including …

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Australian Federal Government mulls plan to bring domestic airport security standards to international level

Australia’s Federal Government is considering a plan to bring domestic airport security standards to the level of international ones, a move that is being described as long overdue and “absolutely necessary”. Should these changes be implemented, passengers would have their identification verified when receiving boarding passes, liquid restrictions would apply and full body scans would be conducted. Aviation security expert Roger Henning described the state of aviation security at domestic, …

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