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Qatar Airways requests US DHS to audit security at hub in Doha

Qatar Airways has requested the United States Department of Homeland Security to audit its security measures over at their hub in Doha in light of the restrictions on large electronics devices in cabins. The carrier’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, who was at the Paris Airshow earlier in the week, made the appeal. “I am sure that the Department of Transport and Homeland Security will revisit this. The best way for …

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Arab delegation briefs ICAO on measures taken regarding Qatar

Representatives from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt met with high-ranking officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization to discuss measures taken by their aviation authorities regarding Qatar. The measures come from the countries’ sovereign rights under international law and conform to UN Security Council resolutions 2309 and 1373, relating to counter-terrorism and respecting the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Saudi Transport Minister Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Bahraini Transport Minister …

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Qatar Airways Middle East landing & airspace restrictions; wider ramifications for global aviation

https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/qatar-airways-middle-eastlanding–airspace-restrictions-wider-ramifications-for-global-aviation-348493 For much of this decade, Middle East aviation has been besieged by external events throwing markets in disarray. Now there is a dispute of internal making. Four countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – are cutting ties with Qatar for political reasons. Local flights are being cancelled while Saudi Arabia has shut its airspace to overflights from Qatar Airways. Saudi is not a signatory to the …

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How Qatar’s diplomatic crisis will affect air travel

In a stunning move, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and shut off their airspace and seaports to Qatari vessels and planes. The diplomatic rift has caused incredible havoc with airlines in the region, with prominent long-haul carriers such as Doha-based Qatar Airways and Dubai’s Emirates suspending flights. As a result, passengers have been left stranded in different airports in the …

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Uganda seeks assistance for national carrier from Qatar

Uganda is in talks with Qatar regarding assistance for the relaunch of a new national carrier. A 25-man delegation headed by Minister for Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite, held discussions with Sheikh Faisal in Doha last week, regarding the latter’s assistance in establishing a new national carrier for Uganda. Uganda has been without a large-scale, scheduled commercial passenger carrier since the demise of Air Uganda back in 2014. The development …

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Trump may not be such a pushover for US aviation lobby after all

By Frank Kane http://www.arabnews.com/node/1108196 Next week the annual meeting of the International Air Travel Association — the aviation industry’s global trade body — will be held in the Mexican city of Cancun. It will be a full agenda. Overcapacity, challenging market conditions and the impact of new, more fuel-efficient aircraft have all added to the problems thrown up by governments, like laptop bans and visa restrictions, and by computers, which have …

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Philippines and Qatar sign agreement increasing flights between both countries

DOT Secretary Arthur Tugade explained that the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on air services between Philippines and Qatar revised the 2015 agreement and was signed by DOT Undersecretary for Aviation Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo and Abdullah Al Subaey of Qatar. The agreement expands the traffic rights between Manila and Doha , from the current 14 flights per week to 18 for the designated airlines of each country. Qatar Airways …

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PAL opposes air talks with Qatar due to “overcapacity”

The Philippines’ flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) voiced their opposition to a new round of air talks with Qatar due to the current overcapacity in this market. According to PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista, they were opposed to adding seat entitlements due to overcapacity. “Our position is that there is over capacity. There should be no additional [seat entitlements] just like our position during the last air …

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India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation creating policy to guide bilateral agreement negotiations

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has laid down plans to create a broad long-term policy, which would help guide the country’s bilateral agreements with other nations. As such, the MoCA announced that no request for additional seats would be heard until such a policy is ratified. The government’s civil aviation policy had passed up on bilaterals in the lack of a wider consensus on the subject. This stand of …

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US airlines workers call on Trump for action on Middle East carriers’ unfair subsidies

Pilots and flight attendants from various airlines stormed Capitol Hill to have their voice be heard in their complaint that Gulf carriers are using subsidies from their home countries to tilt the table in their favor especially on lucrative international routes. And their call for President Donald Trump to take action leaned on the same populist pitch that fueled the Republican’s rise. “President Trump has made it clear that stopping …

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