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Bilateral negotiations key to resolving Africa’s aviation problems, says Ethiopian Airlines Official

Esayas WoldeMariam Hailu, Managing Director of Ethiopian Airlines’ International Services, stressed that bilateral negotiations might hold the key to resolving Africa’s low air traffic and open skies difficulties. Hailu bemoaned that some African states felt more inclined giving free skies to foreign carriers than to those within the continent. Speaking at the airlines’ head office situated in Addis Ababa, he stated that it was appalling that together, all African airlines …

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Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

by Karen Walker in ATW Editor’s Blog With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK. Anxiety levels have now ratcheted up several more notches since the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport confirmed what everyone knew, but …

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Brazil and EU halt negotiations on “Open Skies” agreement

It has been a long time coming but Brazil and the European Union have put a stop to negotiations on a broad “Open Skies” agreement that would have lifted restrictions on flights permitted to operate between the two sides of the Atlantic. A communiqué forwarded to Brussels by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), which has not yet received a formal reply, sets the tone for the new approach: Brazilian …

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United States planning talks with Qatar and UAE on airline subsidies

The United States State Department is gearing up for talks with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates regarding allegations that they have been providing subsidies amounting to billions of dollars to their state-backed airlines. The Trump administration will be looking to secure commitments on financial transparency, said sources that had knowledge about the proceedings. The meetings are set to commence as early as this week. US airlines have long harped …

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European Union issues warning to British airlines regarding post-Brexit flights

British airlines would relinquish all flying rights to the European Union should the lack of a transition agreement persist after Brexit. This was the stark warning issued by an EU official, a reminder of what’s at stake should no agreement be settled between negotiators from both sides of the fence. The European Commission recently issued a notice to all airlines, relating that UK carriers would no longer benefit from traffic …

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Tunisia and EU agree to Open Skies Memorandum of consultation

Representatives from the Tunisian government and a delegation from the European Union gathered to discuss the Euro-Mediterranean agreement on services between the two parties. The meeting concluded with the two delegations finalizing the discussions on the said agreement and agreeing to submit its text to their respective authorities for ratification before it is implemented in accordance with the constitutional procedures of each party. Kamel Miled of the Tunisian delegation, and …

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IATA heaps praise on African Union’s campaign for open skies

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has lauded the African Union union’s initiative to open up the continent’s airspace. A deal that puts in place a single air transport market for Africa is to be given a push during the Heads of State summit in Ethiopia that would be held in Ethiopia early next year. This, according to African Airlines Association Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthe. Out of the 55, 20 …

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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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Sri Lanka and United States amend Open Skies Agreement

Sri Lanka and the United States inked an agreement to amend the US-Sri Lanka Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo goods more efficiently and profitably. The US Embassy made the announcement. Signing the agreement were US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary G. S. Withanage. The Embassy announced that the amendment bolsters worldwide express delivery cargo networks, improves …

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Kazakhstan: Introduction of “Open Skies” regime at Almaty airport being discussed

An “open skies” regime is being discussed for Almaty airport in Kazakhstan, says the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kazakh Tourism JSC, Timur Duysengaliev. “We are currently negotiating with the government of Kazakhstan to open ‘open skies’ regime at the Almaty airport. “Speaking about the development of tourism in Kazakhstan, we must first of all understand that there are so-called growth points that will serve as …

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