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European Aviation Safety Agency bans 83 airlines due to safety shortcomings

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has barred 83 airlines from five different African nations from flying to Europe because of weak control and oversight capacity. Blacklisted are carriers from Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another nine companies from Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Rwanda and Korea were also prohibited from flying to Europe for severe shortcomings in safety regulations. Although not many of the …

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ICAO expresses appreciation for European organizations it works with

International Civil Aviation Organization Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu extended the United Nation aviation agency’s profound appreciation for the numerous regional organizations it works within Europe during a keynote address at the 66th Special Meeting of Directors General of Civil Aviation for the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). Liu put the spotlight on a number of current and rising issues for the civil aviation sector of Europe and the global …

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Airlines for Europe calls for solution to escalating air traffic control delays

Airlines for Europe (A4E) has called the attention of Europe’s air navigation service providers (ANSPs) regarding rising air traffic control delays. The lobbying group reported that insufficient planning of air traffic control (ATC) resources, along with capacity constraints, has resulted in two million minutes of delays in July—a rise of 12% on the figure for 2016 and 35% more than in 2015. The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), which …

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Singapore extends cooperation agreement on airworthiness standards to U.S. and Europe

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) recently increased its number of international cooperative agreements, after agreeing to a Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification in partnership with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Maintenance Agreement Guidance (MAG) with the FAA. The CAAS-EASA Working Arrangement holds roots from a Memorandum of Understanding signed in February 2012 and lays down procedures for each authority to validate and accept the other’s design …

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Directorate General of Aviation awards European EASA airport certificate to Brussels Airport

The Directorate General of Aviation (DGLV) has bestowed upon the Brussels Airport Company the European EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) airport certificate, making it the very first airport in Belgium to receive such distinction. Airports are given an EASA airport certificate when the infrastructure and the operational aviation processes of the airport comply with the legal and regulatory safety requirements, and when the airport works in conjunction with a solid …

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Britain launches consultation on long-term aviation plan

Britain started a consultation for its aviation strategy for the long term, and sought input on a wide variety of topics ranging from baggage to the environment as it braces itself for life outside of the European Union. The government said that the consultations will occur over the next year and a half and will end with the publication of their final aviation strategy by the end of 2018. It …

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Wizz Air fast-tracks contingency plans for Brexit

Wizz Air is fast-tracking their contingency plans for Brexit as the low-cost carrier braces for the risks that come with Britain crashing out of the European Union. Wizz Air Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi is adamant that they increase their capacity on UK-European flights despite the regulatory hurdles that might be thrown up by a failure to settle on an agreement on regulation and other areas. “What we are seeing is …

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Ryanair pushes for Irish Aviation Authority to become authority on noise regulation

Ryanair is exhorting the Attorney General’s Department to hasten primary legislation to make the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) the capable authority to monitor noise regulation. The legislation is needed to permit the second runway to proceed, the airline claims, and they added that continued delays by the Attorney General’s Department to advance this legislation are completely unacceptable. The Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, and his predecessor have already established that …

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EasyJet given air operating license by Austria

Austria has granted easyJet an air operating license, thus giving them the opportunity to establish a new airline. The Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was given after a “rigorous and comprehensive year-long process” and will allow easyJet to continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after Brexit, regardless of the outcome of talks between the UK and the European Union. The new structure – which will …

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EU gives green light on Irish Air Tax exemption

The European Commission has approved an exemption for transfer and transit passengers from the Irish air travel tax (ATT). Ireland’s ATT was reduced to a zero rate in April 2014. Previously, the ATT had been imposed at a headline rate of EUR3 (USD3.44) for each passenger leaving from an Irish airport. A EUR2 rate applied where the flight was headed towards a destination not more than 300 kilometers from Dublin …

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