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IATA identifies concerns in Africa that must be addressed for a better aviation system

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has pegged a steep rise in the size of Angola’s air transport market. IATA says that by the year 2036, Angola’s aviation market would be catering to 7.1 million passengers. The figure is projected from the annual growth rate of 6.7%. The IATA said that faster growth could still be even attained if Angola would open its market and prioritize participation in Africa’s efforts …

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IATA imposes smart luggage ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it would be imposing a ban on smart luggage, claiming that it might not be safe. IATA pointed to the lithium batteries as a potential hazard, a point of contention that has been around for several years now. Back in 2016, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of fears that its battery might combust. …

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Jet Airways to bar passengers from carrying on smart luggage

Jet Airways announced that it would no longer allow passengers to carry smart luggage on its aircrafts starting January 15. The move comes after the direction set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which just recently banned baggage of such nature on passenger flights operated by its 275 member airlines. Smart luggage – as defined by the IATA – include gadgets with integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, …

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Kenya aviation regulator warns airlines of license revocation if they continue to disregard cargo regulations

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCA) has issued a dire warning to airlines flying domestic and international flights, that their licenses would be revoked if they keep on disregarding cargo regulations. KCA Director General, Macharia Kibe, said in a letter addressed to carriers that it is an offense to use passenger flights to carry cargo. In the same breath, airlines are also prohibited from using cargo aircraft to carry passengers …

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IATA says aviation safety in Africa is improving

The past five years has seen huge strides in the improvement of aviation safety in Africa. This was the assessment of International Air Transport Association (IATA) Senior Vice President of Safety and Flight Operations, Gilberto López Meyer. In a report, López Meyer stressed that commercial air travel remains to be the safest kind of long distance transformation. Research conducted by IATA has uncovered that the overall trend in global air …

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IATA calls for APD to be cut to encourage connectivity at Heathrow airport

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for Air Passenger Duty to be cut on UK domestic return flights to boost the regional connectivity that a developed Heathrow airport could provide. IATA was making its sentiments felt to the UK Transport Select Committee as they plea for charges at the West London aviation hub not to be increased in light of the third runway at the bustling airport. As …

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New Zealand: IATA against proposed tourist tax

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed opposition for a proposed tourist tax, arguing that carriers should not bear the burden of the expenses that come with collecting it. IATA Regional Director Vinoop​ Goel​ claimed that the income earned by Labour’s pre-election proposal of a $25 per head fee on foreign visitors would be overshadowed by loss of business. In a letter penned and addressed to Transport Minister Phil …

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Kazakhstan signs agreements to expand aviation cooperation with other countries

Kazakhstan has inked agreements with different countries in a bid to develop aviation cooperation. Direct flights from Kazakhstan to Milan would be launched in 2018, according to the Civil Aviation Committee. “A legal framework with the Italian aeronautical authorities for the launch of regular flights between the cities of Astana, Almaty and Rome, Milan with a frequency of seven passenger and three cargo flights a week and the possibility of …

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IATA urges African nations to recognize aviation’s ability to drive the economy forward

International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac appealed to African states to acknowledge aviation’s capacity to spark economic progress. “Africa is the region with the greatest aviation potential but punitive taxes and high infrastructure and fuel costs are curtailing air transport’s benefits on the continent,” bemoaned de Juniac. “The African aviation industry loses $1.50 for each passenger it carries, with many airlines struggling to break …

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Government should let foreign airlines bid for Air India, says IATA boss

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Executive and Director General, Alexandre de Juniac, proposed that the Indian government should sell its shares in the national carrier, Air India. De Juniac lauded the government’s move to divest its stake in Air India. “We support privatization of Air India. But the company has to be privatized in right conditions,” De Juniac remarked. Pressed to elucidate on what the right conditions were, de …

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