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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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Australian airlines likely to push back against security crackdown

by The Australian Australian airlines are likely to push back against calls for tougher and more uniform passenger and baggage screening which could reverse their lucrative cost savings programs. Regional airlines have already told the federal government they believe the current security demands imposed on country airports are too onerous, and would be expected to resist any requirement to extend screening to smaller airports. Big airlines including Qantas and Virgin …

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US Department of Homeland Security taking a close eye on Australia terrorist plot

The United States Department of Homeland Security announced that they are keeping a close eye on the thwarted terrorist plot that targeted an airplane in the Land Down Under – Australia. “We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners. The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have taken extraordinary steps in recent weeks to raise …

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“Intensified” screening procedures now being implemented at Australian airports

Security screenings at Australian airports have been “intensified” in the aftermath of a foiled terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft. Travellers have already been warned to arrive two hours earlier due to “additional scrutiny” and bag checks. “What people can expect to see is an increased police and security agency presence”, Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said. “You can expect longer delays to make sure that more screening is …

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Australia’s aviation authorities sign MoU with IATA to access aviation safety audit reports

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has broadened the scope of its monitoring of foreign carriers to include safety audit data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Australia’s aviation safety watchdog has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with the airlines’ industry body to gain access to IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) reports “CASA will use the IOSA information to complement the existing oversight and surveillance of foreign airlines”, …

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Hong Kong risks being left out of golden age of Chinese travel as Australia calls for Open Skies

Australia is encouraging Hong Kong to liberalize its skies and agree to a free trade deal on aviation or run the risk of being left out during a what might be a golden age of outbound Chinese travel. Beijing and Canberra last year discussed an “open skies” deal that would permit an unlimited number of flights between the two countries. However, Hong Kong was not included as it negotiates its …

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Nepal Civil Aviation Ministry preparing to begin flights to Australia, Cambodia

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is doing homework to begin air services with Australia and Cambodia. Joint Secretary at the Ministry, Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, said that talks were going on with the representatives of both countries to sign agreements for direct flights there. So far, Nepal has signed Air Services Agreements with only 38 countries. Nepal could not give continuity to the international flights in many destinations …

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