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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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Application of ASEAN Open Skies going at snail’s pace – IDEAS

The Asean Single Aviation Market, a pact known more as the Asean Open Skies agreement, was completely ratified by member states in April of last year but the actual implementation has been sluggish, says independent think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS). “Freedom of travel in air is characterized by nine different levels of freedom. Asean has implemented perfectly the first four levels of freedom, [while] the fifth …

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Cabinet Minister Philip Hammond admits that leaving EU without an agreement poses huge risk to flights

Leaving the European Union without the benefit of a new agreement could ground all flights from the UK to the EU, said Cabinet Minister Philip Hammond. Giving evidence to Members of Parliament on the Commons Treasury Committee, the Chancellor said the prospect was “theoretically possible” that a failure to reach agreement with the bloc would stop air traffic between Britain and the 27 member states on March 29, 2019. But …

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COMESA member states asked to hasten completion of infrastructure projects

Member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have been asked to accelerate the completion of existing infrastructure projects to spark regional trade and commerce. The push was made during the 10th Joint Meeting of the Committees on Transport and Communications, Information Technology and Energy held in Lusaka Zambia last week. COMESA secretariat officials said that member states needed to make choices that will help quicken …

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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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Zimbabwe introduces Open Skies to bolster tourism efforts

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa, has vowed to boost the country’s tourism growth and reach a goal of five million arrivals and $5 billion in earnings by 2020. To achieve the said goal, Zimbabwe has opened up its skies to any carrier that wants to fly for as many times possible. The announcement was made during Chinamasa’s opening speech at the 2017 Sanganai/Hangalani in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. …

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Aviation Round Table asks Nigerian Federal Government to halt foreign airlines from having multiple entry points

Aviation Round Table (ART) President, Gbenga Olowo, has urged the Nigerian Federal Government to stop foreign carriers from having numerous entry points. Speaking from the Nigerian city of Lagos, Olowo appealed to the government to examine Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with other countries He said the agreements, which had stimulated foreign airlines, to fly into Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu International airports, respectively, were not extended …

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U.S. Travel Association launches website supporting open skies agreements

A website promoting open skies aviation agreements has been launched by The United States Travel Association. The website has dubbed “Voices for Open Skies” and it’s a platform where one can find data that highlights the economic impact of the Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – on the U.S. cities they operate to. The site boasts of quotes from business owners and travelers who claim they benefit when …

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JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

By Brian Sumers – skift.com JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on Monday criticized United, American and Delta airlines for opposing the three-largest Gulf carriers as they expand in the United States, calling the situation “…the perfect illustration of how we see mega-carriers trying to use their muscle and deep pockets to limit competition.” “The Big 3 act like it’s the end of the world,” Hayes told the Aero Club of Washington, …

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East African Business Council pushes for hasty airspace liberalization

The East African Business Council (EABC) urged the East African Community (EAC) to quicken the process of airspace liberalization in the hopes of lessening the price of doing business in that sector. Acting Council Chairman Jim Kabeho also requested Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi to finalize EAC air transport rules so that the trading bloc can benefit from it already. “It is important for the EAC partner states to …

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