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Ministerial Conference in Egypt endorses new Aviation Security Roadmap for Africa and the Middle East

A Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security that was recently held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt yielded positive results as it endorsed a new Aviation Security Roadmap for Africa and the Middle East, to align future programs and targets with the International Civil Aviation Organization‘s (ICAO) new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu addressed the 27 Ministers and 35 Directors General of Civil Aviation …

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ICAO junks Qatar complaint, asserts will remain neutral in dispute

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has informed Qatar that it would remain unbiased in its diplomatic row with the Arab Quartet. The UN agency however, welcomed the development of emergency routes. In a statement, ICAO “acknowledged the existence of political issues that ought to be tackled by the concerned countries at the appropriate international platform, rather than in the ICAO”. The response comes on the heels of Qatar’s complaint …

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Corporate executives urge US Secretary of State to keep aviation pacts with Gulf nations

Supporters of Middle Eastern airlines claim that major United States carriers cannot prove that new flight routes come at the cost of American jobs. This, they declared during a half-hour meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Opening talks with the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar over trade claims could hurt travel and tourism and urge other countries to take actions against the U.S. “with some …

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Texas lawmakers press Trump administration to act on subsidized foreign airlines

Nearly the entire congressional delegation from Texas has banded together to call for the Trump administration to do something about foreign airlines that are competing with United States airlines under international “Open Skies” pacts using subsidies from their governments. The lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Trump cabinet members, and pointed out the “anticompetitive practices” of three subsidized Middle Eastern carriers – Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, …

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Indian airlines oppose decision to give extra seats to Gulf airlines during peak festive season

Indian carriers have expressed their displeasure over the government’s decision to furnish excess bilateral to Dubai-based carriers during the peak festive season. In a letter sent by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the airlines voiced their opposition to the decision to extra 5,500 seats to carriers of Emirates and flydubai – the designated airlines of Dubai. “It is our earnest request that UAE …

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Trump’s administration considering options regarding relationship with Gulf carriers

The administration of United States President Donald Trump is looking at their options regarding their relationship with carriers from the Middle East. Members from the National Economic Council, National Security Council and Department of Transportation met with White House advisors to tackle the nation’s Open Skies Agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as US legacy operators continue to raise the issue that Gulf airlines are unfairly subsidized. Sources …

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US ends laptop ban on Middle Eastern airlines

The United States Transportation Security Administration announced that it was rescinding a ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines passengers carrying large personal electronic devices onboard US-bound flights. The carrier was the last airline that was under the controversial restriction that was mandated by the US back in March, which kept passengers from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices onto cabins on nine airlines, most of which were Middle Eastern carriers, …

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Delta encourages employees to join in the fight against Middle Eastern airlines

Delta is pushing its employees to push forward in their campaign for sanctions to be slapped on Gulf-based airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar as the row between the major U.S. international airlines and their Middle Eastern counterparts reaches fever pitch. In a 15-minute video that the carrier released, Delta warns employees that unimpeded expansion by the Gulf carriers could lead to disaster for the U.S. aviation industry. “The rules of …

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Oman Air hopes India sticks to open sky policy favouring nearby countries

The Union government’s promise of liberalising India’s flying rights policy has excited the Gulf airlines as they expect an open sky that will help them get more seats. Oman Air on Thursday said the airline was hoping that Indian government would stick to its stated position of following an open sky policy with countries which are located less than 5,000km from India. This will allow the airlines from other countries to operate as many flights. “The Indian government mentioned …

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Qatar Airways keen on pursuing stake in American Airlines

Qatar Airways has said that it would push forward with plans to buy a stake in American Airlines even though the US-based carrier just recently ended their codeshare agreement. American just announced that it was ending codeshare pacts with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways as “an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments”. Both Gulf based carriers have denied the allegations. American’s …

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