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Armenia to start negotiations regarding inclusion in ECAA in April

All signs are pointing to Armenia joining the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) after the Armenian Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies Vahan Martirosyan had a promising meeting with European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, at the Regional Transport Investment Conference held recently in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The first stage of negotiations for Armenia’s accession to ECAA will begin in late April. But Bulc indicated that talks …

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European Union, South Asian countries announce project that will boost aviation ties

The European Union (EU) and several South Asian countries announced the creation of a four-year project that will boost their civil aviation ties at the Global Aviation Safety forum on Regional Safety Oversight Organizations in Swaziland. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-manned endeavour between the EU and Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is expected to enhance aviation safety, promote institutional and industrial links, and mitigate …

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Electronics ban to be discussed further by European Commission

European Commission officials plan to discuss the provocative ban of large electronic devices in the passenger cabins of airliners flying into the United States and the United Kingdom from several Middle Eastern and African airports. A special security coordination consultation during the regularly scheduled meeting has been set in Brussels next week with all European Union member states expected to “assess” them and discuss security risks at third-country airports. The …

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Anxiety mounts as UK-based airlines told to move to EU

Many are anxious about their job security after European Union officials warned UK-based airlines that they might not be allowed to remain in the UK post Brexit. Officials in Brussels have recently warned that if airports wish to continue flying routes within continental Europe after Britain leaves the bloc, a relocation might be in order. Executives at all major carriers recently and discussed the notion that in order to continue …

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Airlines insist on a having a back-up plan for post-Brexit airline operations

With Britain’s exit from the European Union looming on the horizon, Europe’s airports called for a back-up plan for post-Brexit aviation operations to avoid reverting to the previous decades-old traffic rights deal. Britain’s impending exit from the bloc will have a ripple effect on the aviation industry especially if a new relationship does not come to fruition. European Union-based airlines are free to fly to and from any country in …

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European Commission plans to relax rules on airlines’ wet leasing deals

The European Commission wants to remove restrictions on EU airlines leasing planes and crews from United States carriers, in hopes of putting an end to a long-standing dispute between the two sides. The leasing of crewed planes from another airline – more commonly known as wet-leasing – is a practice in the industry and the 10-year-old Open Skies aviation services agreement between the UK and the U.S. imagined the practice to …

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Nepal moves to remove airline ban from EU

The Nepali government has submitted documents to the European Union confirming the air safety improvements that they have made in the hopes of getting Nepali airlines, removed from the blacklist of the European Commission. The documents were prepared by the Tourism Ministry and were subsequently handed to Rensje Teerink, the European Union Ambassador to Nepal, by Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi. Nepal is looking to have the blanket ban placed on …

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EU Commission announces the adoption of the first global CO2 standard for aircrafts

The European Union (EU) is welcoming the adoption of the very first CO2 standard for aircrafts, which they hope will contribute heavily to the sustainability of the aviation sector. The EU and its member states have been staunch supporters of the standard which will be steadily introduced in 2020, with various degrees of stringency and applicably dates based on the weight of the aircraft and whether it concerns a “new …

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Abolish air passenger tax to help Britain grow, says IAG boss WILLIE WALSH

By IAG CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILLIE WALSH When Philip Hammond was Transport Secretary, he was well aware of aviation’s value to the British economy. Now he is Chancellor, he has the opportunity to unshackle the biggest restraint on the industry by abolishing Air Passenger Duty (APD) in tomorrow’s Budget. This is the highest aviation tax worldwide and penalises not only British citizens but those coming to do business or holiday in …

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Swedish passenger Tax to compromise global carbon agreement

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned of the negative impact that the proposed Swedish aviation passenger tax would have on both the country’s aviation industry and the economy. Responding to an Inquiry on the proposed tax, IATA said the move would cost 7,500 jobs and severely dampen Sweden’s economic competitiveness. The numbers back up IATA’s claims: Analysis of the “green tax” proposals of up to SEK430 per ticket, shows …

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