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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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Peru and Australia sign Air Services Agreement

Peru and Australia have signed an Air Services Agreement that would boost tourism, trade and bilateral relations between the two countries. Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros and Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester signed the agreement. The agreement would give airlines designated by each party the green light to offer services departing from or landing in Peru and Australia. “The objective of this agreement is …

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Australia considering electronics ban in cabins, says PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull divulged that authorities are considering banning laptops and tablets inside the cabins of passenger airplanes with the growing fear that terrorists might turn these devices into bombs. The development comes on the heels of the US Department of Homeland Security stating that it was planning to extend its ban on electronic devices to flights from Europe. “We are looking at it very closely,” Turnbull said. …

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Australia and Fiji expand Air Services Agreement, increasing passenger capacity

Australia and Fiji’s flagship airlines will now be able to carry more passengers in flights between the two countries, thanks to an expanded Air Services Agreement. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester bared that Australia and Fiji have agreed to raise passenger capacity by 10% and double the available freight allowance, noting the increases had been “long sought after” by airlines and airports. “The additional passenger capacity will provide more …

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Emirates Chairman meets with delegations from Australia and Greece at Arabian Travel Market

Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum welcomed delegations from Australia and Greece at the Arabian Travel Market. The Sheikh, who is also the Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, met with a high level delegation from the Land Down Under, headed by Steve Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Gerard Seeber, Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner for Middle East and North Africa and Shona …

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Qantas warns against the practice of cabotage

Australian flag carrier Qantas Airlines emphatically expressed to a parliamentary committee that foreign carriers should not be given rights to operate domestic routes in the Land Down Under. The Senate’s red tape committee is looking into cabotage – which is defined as the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a transport operator from another country. Qantas, in a submission signed by Qantas Group …

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