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Blue sky between airlines on Brexit

By Tom Mcenaney – There was a very curious contrast between the positions adopted last week by IAG’s Willie Walsh and Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary on the question of Brexit. Both of them operate two of the largest airlines in the world. Each has very significant operations in the UK and in the rest of the EU and yet there was a remarkable amount of blue sky between their respective …

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Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive confident of securing flying rights post-Brexit

Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive, Craig Kreeger, expressed optimism that a deal would be struck to secure Britain’s flying rights after the UK leaves the European Union in March of 2019. Kreeger made the comments as the airline launched an extra legroom economy seat to try and separate itself from the rest of the competition. British airlines are seeking a way to continue to benefit from EU flying rights after Brexit, …

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UK keen on staying with European Aviation Safety Agency after Brexit

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The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, has indicated that they want to be part of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) even after the UK exits from the European Union. The UK is set to leave the EU at 11 p.m. on March 29, 2019. The Prime Minister’s statement was well regarded amongst different corners of UK’s aviation industry. “We will also want to explore with the EU, the …

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IAG confident that deal would be struck to secure Britain’s flying rights after Brexit

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The Chief Executive of the International Airlines Group (IAG), Willie Walsh, is feeling confident that a deal would be settled to secure Britain’s flying rights after Brexit. Walsh recently told the audience at the Airlines for Europe conference that he expects Britain to negotiate deals that would keep flights from being grounded. “I am a firm believer that this will get resolved,” Walsh boldly stated during the event. He also …

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Ryanair reportedly threatening to ground aircrafts to drive voters to “rethink” Brexit

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Reports are circulating that Ryanair is threatening to ground its fleet after the UK departs the European Union to drive voters to “rethink” Brexit. The carrier’s Chief Executive, Michael O’Leary, indicated that he wants to “create an opportunity” by making people come to the realization that they are “no longer going to have cheap holidays.” “I think it’s in our interests – not for a long period of time – …

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United States offers UK limited Open Skies aviation deal

The United States has forwarded to the UK a more limited Open Skies aviation deal after Brexit. However, participants remained hopeful that the profitable transatlantic market would continue to flourish. The primary contention in the talks between the two nations is that the US is sticking with its usual template for aviation pacts, which has less generous conditions than its deal with the EU. Those conditions could impact transatlantic flights …

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IATA calls for bolstering of Europe’s aviation competitiveness under upcoming Bulgarian presidency of the EU

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for better policy focus on fortifying Europe’s competitiveness in the aviation sector under the forthcoming presidency of Bulgaria of the European Union (EU). The IATA said that it is imperative to carefully plan the capacity that is needed to accommodate the fast-rising demand for world connectivity, improvements in the environment and infrastructure cost regulation. IATA’s projection indicates a 6% expansion of demand …

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EU should consider economic benefits of increased Gulf travel, says UAE official

A senior UAE official has opined that European nations should take a good look at the wide range of economic benefits of increased Gulf travel as opposed to training its focus on the fate of national airlines. The senior UAE official made the remarks right before open skies negotiations begin with the European Union. National flag carriers such as Lufthansa of Germany expressed its concern that it would lose business …

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To help fix EU budget, end aviation’s tax break

By Bill Hemmings | Transport & Environment – The European Commission’s move to make it administratively easier to calculate and charge VAT on passenger transport is welcome and long overdue, writes Bill Hemmings. But instead of abolishing VAT breaks for airline tickets, the EU plan will make a weekend trip treated the same as “necessities” such as foodstuffs, or pharmaceutical products, he warns. Bill Hemmings is aviation director at sustainable transport group Transport & …

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Aviation safety at the top of the list of priorities for ERA

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) met and discussed numerous safety issues that included peer support program, pilot mental health, lasers, SAFA inspection program and the group’s top safety concerns, namely airborne conflict, loss of control, fire and smoke, cyber security and conflict zones. Also addressed during the said gathering were the challenges that ERA members are facing with regards to Brexit and technical operations matters such as Opinion 06-2017 …

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