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Air Passenger Duty to harm global air connectivity after Brexit, says report

Air Passenger Duty is likely to damage air connectivity on a global scale after Brexit, according to a recent report. A study conducted by an Independent Transport Commission think tank proposes that air tax should be amended with alternative fiscal measures or removed entirely right before Wednesday’s budget. The report takes a closer look at the economic contribution of aviation and the significance of airport connectivity to spark a highly …

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UK: Aviation leaders continue plea for slashing of Air Passenger Duty

Leaders of the aviation sector reiterated their call to the government to slice the Air Passenger Duty in half. The call came from the different heads of airlines, airports and trade associations, who said that the “punitive” tax risks hurting the British economy as the UK departs from the European Union. Key figures that have signed their name to the letter that was recently published in The Times include the …

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Britain’s aviation authority cancels Monarch’s operating license

Britain’s aviation authority, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has revoked the operating license of embattled carrier, Monarch Airlines, after its sudden downfall back in October. Monarch had tried to argue its case to the CAA, claiming that it should retain its license, much like Air Berlin when it entered administration earlier this year. Additionally, it said that suspension, and not a revocation, could aid them in attaining a better outcome …

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London court rules declares Monarch has no right to sell airport slots

A London court has ruled that embattled British carrier Monarch Airlines has no right to sell its airport takeoff and landing slots, which are considered to be the most valuable remaining assets of the failed airline. The decision by the High Court to rebuff Monarch’s claim that it must be allocated slots for summer 2018, was a massive blow to administrators that were seeking to get back money. Instead, the …

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IATA pushes for Heathrow Airport expansion and clarity on post-Brexit issues

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appealed to UK authorities to improve its air connectivity by directing their efforts on a “cost-effective expansion” of Heathrow Airport and by obtaining clarity on post-Brexit issues. IATA Director General and Chief Executive, Alexandre de Juniac, remarked, “In building the post-Brexit world, the prosperity of the UK will depend on the strength of its connectivity, links with Europe and the rest of the …

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UK: Lobbying for slashing of Air Passenger Duty intensifies

Representatives from the aviation and travel sectors have found themselves on the same side as they joined forces to lobby for the slashing of the Air Passenger Duty in this month’s budget. They pushed their campaign for reducing the air tax in half to the Treasury and Number 10 Downing Street with the help of MP Grant Shapps. The A Fair Tax on Flying crusaders forwarded a letter signed by …

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Word war ensues between Ryanair and Ukraine after collapse of deal to launch new air routes

Ryanair and Ukraine continued to exchange verbal jabs following the collapse of a deal to launch new air routes to one of Europe’s biggest nations. However, the man tasked with sparking a new round of talks on Ukraine’s behalf remained hopeful and argued that a deal is “still on the table” and he expects Ryanair to be operating in the country next year. “Ryanair are still negotiating and I fully …

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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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