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Swiss Civil Aviation Authority permits UAE fifth freedom rights to Mexico

Switzerland’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given the UAE permission to operate fifth freedom services between Switzerland, which could allow Emirati airlines up to 14 flights from Geneva to Mexico every week. The Fifth Freedom of the Air allows an airline to start a flight in its own country, land in a second country to drop off passengers and cargo, and then pick up new passengers and fly on to …

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UAE seeks to strengthen ties with Chad

The UAE’s Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, recently met with the Republic of Chad’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mohamed Hamed Kawa, to discuss important issues that could potentially strengthen economic relations between the two nations. The two sides examined different means of bolstering economic relations, the significance of coordination in the field of civil aviation, the potential to increase trade, and the evaluation of investment opportunities …

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India – SC asks BJP leader to file amended plea in bid to squash Jet Airways-Etihad alliance

The Supreme Court of India has requested Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy to enter a revised plea, which looks to suppress an alliance between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways, by also challenging the bilateral agreement of India and the UAE on raising the number of flights. Additional Solicitor General P S Narsimha, representing the Centre, informed a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that Swamy was to specially …

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UAE President issues Federal Decree that implements no VAT on air travel for residents

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Decree-Law No. 8, which removes value-added tax (VAT) on air travel. Air transport of passengers and goods which starts or ends in the state or passes through its territory, including related services, have been categorized as zero-rated under the law. “Flights from Dubai to Riyadh or to a third country will not be subject to VAT. This is good …

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Lobbying by Indian government for more slots at Dubai airport yields results

India’s determination to get better and more flight slots for its carriers in Dubai’s airport has yielded positive returns after low-cost airline SpiceJet received slots equal to 5,500 weekly seats. The Gurugram-based carrier informed the Civil Aviation Ministry of this development, which came before India and Dubai agreed to increase flying rights between them. “They have informed us that they have slots. The airline, however, cannot start flights because our …

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Emirates to bring together global aviation security experts for symposium

The Emirates Group Security is planning to bring together some of the world’s foremost experts in aviation security to talk about the trends and growth potential in the industry. The three-day symposium has been slated for October 8 to 10 in Dubai, and is the third iteration of the annual AVSEC global event. Emirates revealed that the symposium – which has been dubbed ‘Ahead of Tomorrow’ – would concentrate on …

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ICAO junks Qatar complaint, asserts will remain neutral in dispute

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has informed Qatar that it would remain unbiased in its diplomatic row with the Arab Quartet. The UN agency however, welcomed the development of emergency routes. In a statement, ICAO “acknowledged the existence of political issues that ought to be tackled by the concerned countries at the appropriate international platform, rather than in the ICAO”. The response comes on the heels of Qatar’s complaint …

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UAE and India discussing augmenting air transport facilities and services between two countries

The UAE is taking steps to make travel from India to airports in the country less expensive and more convenient as the number tourists flocking to Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to rise at a record pace. Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of India, has had discussions with India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, on upgrading air transport …

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Qatar Airways to have access to contingency routes in early August

Access to three contingency routes over international waters would be made available to Qatar Airways in early August after a United Nations-led meeting tackled air corridors for Doha after a diplomatic rift with its neighboring countries. The closed-door meeting with the UN aviation agency governing council held in Montreal, Canada, examined contingency routes that had been planned as part of an initial agreement settled earlier this month, but not yet …

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ICAO holds extraordinary session to address complaint by Qatar

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council held an extraordinary session to tackle a complaint by Qatar, in accordance with article 54 of the council convention. Present at the said meeting were delegations from Saudi Arabia, which was headed by the President of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdul Hakim Bin Mohammed Al Tamimi; the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Qatar was also present and was represented …

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