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United States and Netherlands sign bilateral Open Skies Agreement regarding BES Islands

The United States and the Netherlands have inked a new bilateral Open Skies Agreement that deals with Bonaire, St Eustatius, and Saba, otherwise known as the BES Islands. The development was revealed by the U.S. Department of State. The pact is partly taking the place of the 1998 Air Transport Agreement between the two nations which governed consumers and businesses. The agreement would enter into force after the two nations …

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Norwegian to abolish a US route due to postponement of reduction of air taxes

Norwegian is set to abolish its flights to Bradley in Connecticut in March and reduce frequency on two other US routes after Ministers postponed a reduction in air taxes. Its flights from Edinburgh to Stewart as well as to Providence in Rhode Island, would also be cut down from daily to just four each week. An industry expert called the routes’ “load factors” as “poor” with the Providence route garnering …

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Vietnam Airlines facing fierce competition on direct route to United States

The national carrier of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, is getting ready to launch the first direct route between Vietnam and the United States this year. Though nothing has been set in stone, reports indicate that the destination would be either Los Angeles or San Francisco. But Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), Vo Huy Cuong, says that they are facing a multitude of challenges, especially with the …

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Kenya Airways begins process of operating direct flights to New York

Kenya Airways has begun the process of operating direct flights to New York, which would officially start on October 28. Kenya Airways Group Managing Director, Sebastian Mikosz, revealed that they would start selling tickets for the historic first flight on Thursday. “This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored …

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Consumer groups fight Trump administration’s decision to scrap two proposals concerning airline fees

Consumer advocacy organizations are opposing a recent decision by the Trump administration to scrap two proposals that were forwarded during the previous administration, regarding the disclosure of baggage and other ancillary fees. The Department of Transportation proposals would have called for airlines to reveal fees for checked and carry on items before a ticket is purchased. Airlines would have also been made to offer more information about how much revenue …

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LatAm Aviation Defies Protectionism

by Larry B. Pascal – Latinvex.com Although President Trump has criticized free trade policies such as the NAFTA, in Latin America in general and in the aviation sector in particular, we continue to see a variety of important market opening and cross-border developments.  In Chile (Sebastian Pinera), Argentina (Mauricio Macri), Peru (Pedro Pablo Kuczynski), Brazil (Michel Temer), we have seen the rise of right-of-center leaders who more openly embrace free trade …

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Nigerian carriers’ plans to operate flights to US can spark healthy competition

The plans of two Nigerian carriers, Air Peace and MedView Airlines, to start operating flights to the United States next summer could pave the way for intense competition. The said route is currently being dominated by Delta Airlines The two carriers hold the belief that they can use the huge population of Nigerians who are living and have business in American cities such as Texas, Washington, New York, New Jersey …

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Thailand seeking to get air safety rating upgraded by the U.S. FAA

Thailand is aiming to get its air safety rating raised by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the month of March. The country’s Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith made the goal public after the FAA downgraded their rating back in December 2015. Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was downgraded to Category 2 after it fell short of the standards set by the FAA. “We aim to be restored …

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Brazil’s lower house approves Open Skies agreement with United States

The proposed Open Skies agreement between Brazil and the United States was approved by the lower house of Brazil’s Congress, paving the way for the partnership between the American Airlines Group Inc. and LATAM Airlines Group SA. The Open Skies treaty was actually signed six years ago. However, it encountered stiff resistance from legislators lobbied by local airline interests in Brazil, who were apprehensive about facing competition from U.S. carriers. …

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United States: Airfare safeguards for consumers could be on the out

Two airfare regulations that looked after the consumers’ interests could be scrapped after the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) eliminated two suggested rule amendments that were recommended by ASTA regarding ancillary fees. The rules would have mandated airlines to disclose the fees they charge for checked bags, seats, carry-ons and more, in a more visible way, to consumers making purchases. There is now speculation that other protections could also …

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