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Nigeria needs to invoke bilateral reciprocity clause – Medview Airlines Managing Director

Nigeria needs to invoke the reciprocity clause if it wants indigenous airlines to keep to the bilateral agreements it had signed with over 75 nations, assessed Medview Airlines Managing Director Muneer Bankole. Not doing so would leave countries, whose airlines are enjoying flight frequencies to Nigeria, to erect barriers in the way of indigenous carriers that are assigned to fly to them. Bankole spoke of means that these countries have …

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UAE and Bahrain agree to MoU to manage air transport services

With the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications gearing up to level up its services in the air transport sector with the partnership between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) bore witness to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations after a fruitful round of negotiations held in Bahrain’s capital of Manama. UAE GCAA Director General Saif Mohammed …

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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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India’s Aviation Ministry requests proof of Dubai’s commitment before adding more flights to Dubai

The Aviation Ministry of India has asked domestic carriers to give them a proof of Dubai’s airport’s commitment to give them more slots before acquiescing to raise the frequency of flights between India and the emirate. The proof would be a critical piece in the finalization of a decision on the standing issue of increasing bilateral entitlements. An official of the Aviation Ministry had this to say on the issue: …

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Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates strengthen aviation ties with Air Service Agreement

Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates have penned an Air Service Agreement that would augment aviation relations between the two nations. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon and UAE Economy Minister and Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori signed the agreement during a ceremony that was staged at the office of the Civil Aviation Authority in Dubai. The agreement would see Bangladesh Biman Airlines …

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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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