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African Union Commission to inaugurate Single African Air Transport Market in January 2018

The African Union Commission (AUC) announced it would unveil the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in January of next year to develop connectivity within the continent. AUC Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, made the announcement during the opening of the Third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja. The forum is working under the theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure’’. Mahamat was represented by Amani Abu-Zeid, …

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Sri Lanka to sign open skies agreements with 20 nations in bid to liberalize aviation industry

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka bared plans to sign open skies bilateral air service agreements with 20 strategically-located countries and examine current airport taxes, with the goals of liberalizing the aviation industry and increasing tourism arrivals. Sri Lanka CAA’s Director General and CEO, H. M. C. Nimalsiri, said that CAA plans to sign open skies agreements with countries such as Singapore, India, UAE, UK, Turkey and The …

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Mozambique: Minister calls for debate on elements hindering growth of domestic air travel market

Mozambican Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita called for a comprehensive debate on the factors that are holding back the growth of the domestic air travel market in spite of the measures taken by the government. Speaking in Maputo, during the opening of a meeting of the Aeronautical Council, Mesquita mentioned among those measures are the liberalization of Mozambican air space, the presence of an attractive package of civil aviation legislation, and …

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Poor intra-African air connectivity rued by aviation experts

Aviation experts raised concerns over the dismal intra-African air connectivity that has hindered the industry’s growth on the continent during the closing of the 49th Annual General Assembly and summit for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Kigali. Rwanda was the host of the Nov. 12-14 continental meeting, which was done under the theme “Rethinking Strategies for Airline Profitability in Africa.” The three-day meeting examined the development of air transport in …

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Dubai Airports Company CEO eyeing open skies agreement with China

Dubai Airports Company Chief Executive Paul Griffiths is targeting an open skies agreement with China to foster future growth of passengers travelling via Dubai from the Asia Pacific region. “The key thing with China is to get the Chinese government to agree that opening up the domestic [aviation] market for more international operations is going to be a very positive thing for them,” said Griffiths. However, he reported that progress …

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Tunisia reveals they are in talks with EU for “open skies”

Tunisia’s Tourism Minister, Selma Elloumi Rekik, said that the country is on the cusp of negotiating an open skies agreement with the European Union. “Open skies are important for tour operators because they will have their own aircraft and it will be cheaper for them [to fly to Tunisia]. It will also make Tunisia more attractive to low-cost carriers,” the Tourism Minister said while speaking from the World Travel Market …

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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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The great Brexit aviation debate. A transition deal is needed to avoid disaster for UK airlines

By CAPA – centreforaviation.com Sixteen months after the Jun-2016 Brexit referendum, nobody in the UK government or EU can say anything at all about the details of what will happen to aviation after the UK leaves the EU in Mar-2019. A debate moderated by leading aviation consultant John Byerley at the ACTE-CAPA Global Aviation Summit in Oct-2017 considered whether “Brexit will be a disaster for UK airlines”. A range of …

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling reports progress being made on post-Brexit aviation deals

“Rapid progress” was reportedly being made on the arrangements for a post-Brexit aviation landscape, said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Grayling reported that deals were being made with countries such as the United States and Canada. Furthermore, he boldly declared that it was “inconceivable” that flights would be halted when Britain separates itself from the European Union in March 2019. “It’s not going to happen,” Grayling said. “I think it’s a …

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Flights between EU and Britain unlikely to be grounded—IAG CEO

International Airlines Group CEO, Willie Walsh, firmly believes that flights between Britain and the European Union will not be grounded once the former leaves the bloc. British Finance Minister Philip Hammond recently remarked that if Britain left the EU without a deal in place, this could result in flights being grounded. But Walsh, whose IAG owns British Airways, believed otherwise and said so in his remarks to a parliamentary committee. …

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