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South African Competition Commission rebuffs deal by Safair and SA Airlink

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The South African Competition Commission has vetoed the proposal of South Africa Airlink to acquire Safair. The Commission cited competition issues for its decision to reject the said deal. The Commission reasoned that the merger, had it gone through, would effectively do away with a worthy competitor to SA Airlink on particular routes that it services. “Safair offers competitive prices and has been growing in the market both in terms …

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Qantas, American refiles for antitrust immunity for joint business agreement

Qantas and American Airlines have filed once again to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity for their augmented transpacific joint business agreement. The US regulator rejected the first application, which was filed in 2016, on the basis that the proposed metal-neutral revenue-sharing venture would bring down competition, thus also reducing choices for consumers. In their modified submission, the scope of which covers routes between North America, …

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Aviation stakeholders remain divided over Single African Skies

The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) has gained a lot of attention from stakeholders in the African aviation industry and at the world stage. The initiative has been around for a while now but only gathered steal after the regulators’ insistence to force-feed the plan to African carriers, which included that of Nigeria. In turn, the regulators along with local airlines and their respective governments are expected to get …

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IAG makes call for government to introduce competition to Heathrow Airport as it expands

The International Airlines Group (IAG) is pushing for the transport select committee to ensure that the Civil Aviation Authority is given authority to introduce competition to Heathrow Airport as it expands. IAG Chief Executive, Willie Walsh, said he would express the group’s concern when he talks to the committee. Heathrow Airport is currently lobbying to be chosen as the exclusive promoter of terminals in the government’s National Policy Statement. IAG …

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Emirates Airline President Tim Clark asserts they have not violated any trade agreement with the US

Emirates Airline President, Sir Tim Clark, hit back at allegations that his airline has breached a trade agreement with the United States. He also emphasized that they have nothing to hide. “We have provided our financials. We treat ourselves like a publicly listed company. We’re not, we’re a private company,” Clark was quoted as saying. “The government of Dubai, which owns Emirates, doesn’t have to publish anything. But we publish …

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KPMG Partner Examines Challenges Around Amending EU Aviation Legislation

By aviationbusinessme.com European carriers have been waiting with bated breath for the amended aviation legislation which they hope will make them competitive once again. For over a decade now, airlines in the European Union have been losing market share to third country carriers (TCCs). The EU Commission has taken up their concern and announced various options that it is looking into. A combination of factors, including more modern fleets, superior service, …

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Pakistan People’s Party protests against proposed privatization of Pakistan International Airlines

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has asserted its plan to stage a protest against the proposed privatization of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills. “We believe there is an ulterior motive behind this arbitrary and hurriedly done action. “We consider it a mala fide, ill-advised and ill-intentioned move at a time when 2018 general elections are just four months away,” relayed PPP Secretary General, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari …

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Africans remain divided on issue of Single African Air Transport Market

The African Union (AU) launched the much talked about Single African Air Transport Market in spite of harsh criticism from member states and African airlines. The AU officially launched SAATM at the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union that was held at its headquarters in Addis Ababa late last month. The new Chairman of the AU and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, remarked that the …

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Nigeria: Airline operators call for level playing field in Single African Air Transport Market

Airline operators have requested the Federal Government to produce a level playing field for airlines that would allow the full benefits of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) Executive Chairman, Captain Nogie Meggison, remarked that Nigerian airlines could only take full advantage of the said policy if the government placed the onus on the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) to see to it that …

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Heathrow Airport has “abysmal” record of regulating building costs

The government is set to release final proposals for a third runway at Heathrow in the coming months. Then, MPs would be voting on these plans. Walsh though, is calling for an end to the “monopoly” of Heathrow’s terminals. "Heathrow Airport Limited run an airport - they're not the best at designing or building the facilities," Walsh asserted.

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