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IATA calls for bolstering of aviation security in four areas

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appealed for aviation security to be bolstered by addressing four key areas namely closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures, the universal application of global standards, better information-sharing among governments and with industry, and the efficient implementation of new and existing technology capabilities. “Governments and the industry are partners in aviation security. Airlines have operational know-how. Governments have the …

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London court rules declares Monarch has no right to sell airport slots

A London court has ruled that embattled British carrier Monarch Airlines has no right to sell its airport takeoff and landing slots, which are considered to be the most valuable remaining assets of the failed airline. The decision by the High Court to rebuff Monarch’s claim that it must be allocated slots for summer 2018, was a massive blow to administrators that were seeking to get back money. Instead, the …

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IATA pushes for Heathrow Airport expansion and clarity on post-Brexit issues

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appealed to UK authorities to improve its air connectivity by directing their efforts on a “cost-effective expansion” of Heathrow Airport and by obtaining clarity on post-Brexit issues. IATA Director General and Chief Executive, Alexandre de Juniac, remarked, “In building the post-Brexit world, the prosperity of the UK will depend on the strength of its connectivity, links with Europe and the rest of the …

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Airfares rising due to taxes, charges and fees, says IATA

In the airline industry, competition is seen as a driving proponent of innovation and cost reduction, offering air travellers the benefit of choice and triggering major efficiency rewards with increasing blending and hybridization of business models. But a recent analysis from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicates that effective competition remains limited, with major airports continuing their strong stance. An economics briefing paper entitled “Airport Competition: Myth or Reality” …

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International aeropolitics hindering foreign route expansion plans of Nigerian airlines—Air Peace Limited Chairman

 Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema, claimed that plans of Nigerian airlines to expand their foreign routes were being undercut by international aeropolitics. Onyema made the bold statement during the formal turnover of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Membership Certificate to Air Peace by IATA’s Area Manager, South-West Africa, Samson Fatokun, in Lagos. Onyema said that it was regrettable that some European and Western countries whose carriers operate in Nigeria, …

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IATA advocates against regulation of airline practice of overbooking

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is imploring the Canadian government to stay away from regulating the practice of “overbooking.” The aviation industry group described the practice as a key driver of profitability for airlines and aids in keeping airfares low. “There is absolutely no need to regulate overbooking,” said IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac. “This is the airlines’ position based on a long, long experience. The …

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Philippines: Airline groups protest government plans for increased regulation of aviation sector

The Philippine government’s planned moves to increase regulation of the aviation sector were met with criticism from international airline groups. In particular, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) waxed hot over a proposal by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to cap airfares. “We are against this measure. The prices should be driven by market forces,” said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. “Putting caps is the best way …

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IATA draws up national campaign to get states to firm up national air navigation services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has mapped out a strategy that would get major individual states to cultivate their national air navigation services in conjunction with airlines in line with what is required for the Single European Sky. IATA mentioned that the viable answer would be a National Airspace Strategy (NAS) where state-specific policies would be based on efficient regulation principles. This would include discussion with airspace users; a …

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IATA argues against Japanese departure tax or air travellers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is opposing a proposal by the Japanese government to impose a departure tax on air passengers. The tax, which would range between JPY1000-2000 per passenger ($9-18), would be utilized to fund tourism plans, the government explained. However, the IATA argued that applying tax would essentially hurt the country’s tourism growth. Japan is estimated to attract 40 million visitors to the country by 2020, and …

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IATA moves to address infrastructure, regulations and sustainability issues in Asia Pacific

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is pushing for immediate action to tackle the difficulties of infrastructure, regulatory harmonization and sustainability in Asia Pacific’s aviation sector. “The 34 million jobs and $700 billion of economic activity supported by aviation across the Asia-Pacific region are expected to more than double in the next 20 years. “But the realization of these economic benefits is at risk if the region does not address …

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