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US-UAE Business Council believes Open Skies agreements will stay put

The US-UAE Business Council is confident in its belief that the United States government will not revoke the Open Skies agreements between the two nations. This, according to the President of influential membership body, Danny Sebright, who said: “I think we’ve done a good job of inoculating against various efforts by the US carriers to find a champion on the inside of [President] Trump’s administration. Now I think we’re at …

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Sri Lanka remains devoted to controls on air transportation liberalization

Sri Lanka is still committed to controls on actions to liberalize air transportation in the country even as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) international conference in Colombo looks to augment the application of open skies throughout its member countries. Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said that despite the cutback of state’s control on air transport, often called as liberalization or de-regulation, there is a need to protect the …

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UK wants to remain in EU aviation safety agency

By Jim Pickard – Financial Times The UK will ask for its aviation industry to be regulated by the EU after Brexit, in a move that will place it under the indirect jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, a supposed “red line” set by Theresa May. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, told aviation industry representatives that the government wanted the UK to remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency, …

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Qatar and Nicaragua sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

Qatar and Nicaragua have signed an Open Skies Air Transport Agreement that would allow the national carrier to operate an unlimited number of passenger and cargo flights, with full traffic rights. The Agreement was signed by Abdulla bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey, the Chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority and Carlos Salazar Sanchez, the Director General of the Nicaraguan Civil Aviation Authority. The signing happened on the sidelines of the International …

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Arab Air Carriers Organization lauds removal of US corporate tax plan for foreign carriers

The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) has hailed the removal of the much talked about United States proposal to levy corporation tax on Arabian Gulf airlines. AACO’s Secretary-General Abdul Teffaha expressed his satisfaction with the news that the amendment – tabled last month by US Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia – was pulled from the bill. “Reason prevailed,” he said. The amendment, put in by Isakson, called for airlines headquartered …

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Smaller U.S. airlines bash Senate tax bill provision targeting Gulf carriers

JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and other U.S. passenger and cargo carriers are vehemently opposing a provision in the Senate tax bill that would mandate several foreign airlines to pay U.S. corporate taxes on part of their profits. The three major U.S. carriers — Fort Worth-based American Airlines, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Chicago-based United Airlines — are embroiled in a long-running trade row with Persian Gulf carriers Emirates Airline, Etihad …

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MP appeals for review of open skies policy to lend South African Airways a hand

The time might be right for South African Airways (SAA) to discuss the open skies policy in South Africa with the Minister of Transport, related ANC’s Pinky Kekana to the airline’s Chief Executive and Chair. “Our skies are too open. We are not saying a plane should not come straight from Dubai to Cape Town, but sometimes it brings unintended consequences to our own national carrier,” Kekana asserted during a …

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Ukraine awaiting EU’s decision regarding Open Skies

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko disclosed that he and the rest of his country is waiting for the European Union to make a decision regarding the Open Skies Agreement. He made the comment during a gathering with media practitioners last week. “It does not need any discussion. The ball is in the field of the EU, and they are now doing everything they can to coordinate,” said Poroshenko. The President of …

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Row between U.S. and Persian Gulf carriers set to intensify

The years long spat between United States and Persian Gulf carriers – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways PJSC – is about to reach fever pitch. This after Etihad said that a measure that make part of the Senate’s tax-reform bill contains “language that is inappropriate under U.S. law and runs contrary to several international agreements.” The remarks are about an addition to the bill that calls for foreign airlines …

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Arab carriers seek to put down US proposal to remove tax exemptions for foreign airlines

Representatives for Arab airlines, which include Emirates and Etihad Airways, are looking for measures to nip a US proposal to take away the longstanding tax exemption for foreign airlines. The move, should it be ratified, would result in increased fares for passengers and damage to global networks, said the representing body of the Arab carriers. The Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) – whose 30-strong membership network also includes Gulf Air, …

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