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British government urged to prioritize Brexit aviation deal to avoid trade hit

The government has been asked to think of the aviation industry in its Brexit negotiations to shield the country from hits to trade and investment. The Independent Transport Commission think-tank – a leading research charity – has publicized a report claiming that a lack of support for the aviation sector can result in trade damages once the UK departs the European Union in March 2019. Former Bank of England economist …

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UK airport boss appeals for government to set out its plans for Brexit

Charlie Cornish, the Chief Executive of the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), has urged the British government to shed light on what its vision for Brexit is. The frustration in the aviation community is palpable after negotiations with the European Union hit a snag, thereby compromising the entire timetable. Making the situation even more volatile was Finance Minister Philip Hammond’s statement that said Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet had yet to …

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European Commission asks Nepal’s CAA to shed light on steps being taken to address safety issues

The European Commission (EC) has issued an invitation to officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to Brussels, Belgium next month to shed light on the steps they have taken to address safety issues. The invitation comes less than a week after the EC handed down a decision to uphold the ban on Nepali carriers. Last week, the EC released an updated European Union air safety list of …

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Cyprus Transport Minister calls on EU to protect country against third country actions in air transport

Cyprus’ Transport Minister Marios Demetriades has appealed to his counterparts in the European Union to guarantee the protection of his country against third country actions in air transport. Demetriades was addressing the Transport and Telecommunications Council in Brussels. There, he issued his support for the free movement of data project, provided the essential checks and balances are in place. In particular, Demetriades was adamant that the EU protects its member …

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UK failing to establish traffic rights for airlines before Brexit could spell disaster, says IATA

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, did not mince words and said it would be a “disaster” should the UK not establish traffic rights for airlines before departing the European Union (EU). While the IATA and the rest of the industry harbors hope that negotiators from both sides can settle on a pact in the nick of time to sidestep airline service disruptions, recent …

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Switzerland plans to connect Swiss and EU emissions trading schemes

Switzerland harbors plans to add aviation to its current emissions trading scheme (ETS) and to connect the Swiss and EU ETS. The purpose of this move is to allow the two to acknowledge each other’s emission allowances through a bilateral agreement that was inked last month. The proposal however, still needs to be approved by both the EU and Swiss Parliaments. Should it be ratified, the agreement would be implemented …

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Hard Brexit a disaster for UK airlines, says IATA head

The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that a hard Brexit would be nothing short of a “disaster” for UK-based carriers. “If (traffic rights) are not negotiated because it is a hard Brexit it will be a disaster for the UK-based carriers because they will not be allowed to land in Europe, which is a small problem,” said IATA Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac …

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UK: ‘Budget’s APD freeze did not go far enough’

BY EDWARD ROBERTSON – ttgmedia.com The government’s decision to freeze Air Passenger Duty on all short and long-haul economy flights is proof that lobbying efforts are having some effect. That was the view of Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) – which represents 53 UK airports. Talking to TTG, she said the fact it had been included in the Budget shows the government is listening to the …

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New noise report indicates Heathrow’s noise footprint at smallest recorded levels

Heathrow airport’s noise footprint continues to shrink. The finding was reported by a new annual noise contour report that said 52,000 fewer households were affected by noise compared to 2006. Independent analysis from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) authorized by Heathrow, indicates that the average noise contours continue to shrink. This analysis, which has been conducted on a regular basis since 2006, is part of the airport’s Noise Action Plan …

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UK wants to remain in EU aviation safety agency

By Jim Pickard – Financial Times The UK will ask for its aviation industry to be regulated by the EU after Brexit, in a move that will place it under the indirect jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, a supposed “red line” set by Theresa May. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, told aviation industry representatives that the government wanted the UK to remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency, …

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