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United States requires Middle Eastern carriers to go through stringent cargo screening

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed that it would compel six Middle Eastern carriers to go through heightened cargo screening in a bid to improve global aviation security. In a statement, the TSA said that the changes apply to carriers in five nations that are flying out from seven airports. It focuses “on last points of departure locations where the threat is greatest.” The development comes as the …

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Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group sign MoU for cooperation in aviation security

Both Emirates Group Security and the Etihad Aviation Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the cooperation in aviation security. Signing the MoU were Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airline and Tony Douglas, the Chief Executive Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group. Also witnessing the signing were Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman, Etihad …

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Major restructuring of UAE’s airspace eases air traffic congestion

The substantial restructuring of UAE’s airspace has opened up 150 new GPS “waypoints” for aircraft movement, in an ambitious bid to ease air traffic congestion, cut down on fuel costs and make way for more development in the country’s aviation sector. “The Air Space Restructuring project aims to deliver crucial benefits to the UAE’s aviation sector, enhancing airspace capacity to meet forecast air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond,” said …

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Arab Aviation Summit opens with call to dash protectionism

A fervent call to eliminate protectionism was what opened the Arab Aviation Summit being held in Dubai. The appeal was made to propel growth of the aviation industry in compliance with Dubai’s successful “open skies” policy. Arab Air Carriers Organization Director General Abdul Wahab Teffaha remarked that protectionism – or the act of blocking key aviation players from global and regional markets – would hamper the expansion of the global …

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United States: Elimination of income tax exemptions for certain airlines being floated

A United States congressional proposal that would take away income tax exemptions for specific airlines could impact major carriers from the Gulf, potentially making an already tense situation between U.S. airlines and their Middle East rivals, even worse. U.S. carriers have long expressed their desire for the federal government to step in in what they perceive to be unfair competition by the three major Gulf airlines. The proposal, which is …

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Delta reports campaign to enforce Open Skies agreements gaining traction

Delta announced that their fight to enforce Open Skies agreements with both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates has gained ground following two milestones this past week, “with actions by Congress and Delta employees alike reaching impressive new thresholds.” The US carrier declared that 300 members of the Congress have already written to the Trump administration, urging it to tackle “the more than $50 billion in unfair subsidies that the …

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US Lawmakers urge trump to crack whip on Gulf carriers

Lawmakers in Congress are urging United President Donald Trump to crack the whip on Gulf airlines that are allegedly pocketing billions of dollars in state subsidies. 300 members have, in a series of letters, asked the White House to take a closer look into what they perceive to be violations of international Open Skies agreements by Gulf carriers Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates. The U.S. aviation industry has long …

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ICAO Secretary General lauds progress in aviation safety made by Middle East

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu praised the improvements made by the Middle East with regards to aviation safety. Speaking from the gathering of aviation leaders from all over the world in Muscat, Oman, Liu lauded the region’s immense growth: “The ICAO Middle East (MID) region has been the fastest growing region for passenger and cargo traffic since 2011, and airlines here have posted double-digit passenger …

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Kuwait DGCA emphasizes importance of pushing back EU regulation on fair competition

Kuwait’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Yousef Al-Fouzan urged Arabs to rebuff a recent European Union regulation that seeks to secure fair competition between European and international airline companies. Speaking from the sidelines of the Arab league’s special gathering held in Cairo, Egypt, Al-Fouzan spoke of EU’s regulation No 868/2004, which seeks to promote fair competition in civil aviation. Al-Fouzan bared that the meeting would discuss and review the …

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UAE Ambassador to the United States pays visit to Boeing facility, stresses benefits of “Open Skies” agreement

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, recently paid a visit to the Charleston-area Boeing facility whose employees would build the 500 airplanes UAE carriers ordered. During the visit, Al Otaiba spotlighted the many mutual benefits of the commercial aviation sector and of the UAE-US “Open Skies” aviation agreement to both countries. “With more than 500 aircraft purchased or on order, UAE airlines continue …

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