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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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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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Aviation associations appeal to Dutch Government to not proceed with taxation policy

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and other leading industry organizations have appealed to the Dutch government to not move forward with its planned taxation policy. In a joint letter sent to the Minister of Finance, the group highlighted several crucial issues in relation to this proposal including the negative effect it would have on the Dutch economy, the inefficiency of such forms of taxation and contradictions with accepted international …

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IAG acquires slots from failed carrier Monarch Airlines

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has acquired the lucrative take-off and landing slots over at London’s Gatwick Airport, from failed carrier, Monarch Airlines. The administrators disclosed they were completing an exchange of Monarch’s slots for others currently owned by IAG but did not specify the amount IAG was paying under the arrangement to get the more valuable slot times. “As well as representing an excellent recovery …

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Canada, EU in trade dispute over fees on aircraft exports

Canadian authorities have been toiling over the past few months to lower what they have deemed “excessive” fees charged on the country’s aerospace exports to Europe. Progress have not come easy as Canadian officials have had a hard time getting cooperation from their European counterparts. The dispute over fees charged by the European Aviation Safety Agency to certify Canadian aircraft and parts has its roots from the end of last …

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Ukraine awaiting EU’s decision regarding Open Skies

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko disclosed that he and the rest of his country is waiting for the European Union to make a decision regarding the Open Skies Agreement. He made the comment during a gathering with media practitioners last week. “It does not need any discussion. The ball is in the field of the EU, and they are now doing everything they can to coordinate,” said Poroshenko. The President of …

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Aviation industry worried about effects of Brexit, says Qantas CEO

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce admitted that the aviation industry is anxious about the impact that Brexit would have on international travel. The Irish-born boss of Australia’s national carrier said that he is hopeful that there would be a “good compromise” and that exit negotiations are “managed carefully.” “We all know it could be a shock for the Irish and the UK economies but [also] for the world economy,” Joyce said. …

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UK passenger tax set to increase yet again

The UK government is getting ready to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) on premium tickets starting on April 2019. APD is already considered to be the world’s highest tax of this nature. As it is, rates for economy-class passengers are £13 ($17) for short-haul flights (within 2,000 miles of London) and £75 for long haul (more than 2,000 miles). Business-class passengers pay £26 and £150 for short and long haul …

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UK airlines risk losing flying rights, says leaked Brexit paper

By Alex Barker – Financial Times EU Brexit negotiators are taking a tough stance on aviation that would dramatically restrict UK airline operating rights unless Britain follows the bloc’s laws and courts, according to leaked planning documents. The EU’s 27 remaining member states have begun preparing for talks on future EU-UK relations, outlining models of co-operation in aviation, fisheries and research that strictly adhere to precedents in existing arrangements with non-EU countries. …

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EU and Armenia finalize aviation deal

The European Union and Armenia finalized a new aviation pact on the sidelines of the Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels. The agreement is set to bring in an estimated 87,000 additional passengers that would generate in excess of €16 million during the first five years. This aviation pact would improve market access for airlines, offering better connectivity, more choice and lower cost of fares for air travellers. More flights …

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