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EU expresses concerns on impact on competition over Lufthansa’s plan to take over Air Berlin routes

The European Union voiced out its concerns over the possible impact on competition Lufthansa’s takeover of Air Berlin’s routes might have on competition. “We have quite deep competition concerns because there is a risk that on some routes Lufthansa becomes de facto a monopoly,” said EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. The caution comes in the wake of Lufthansa offering concessions to persuade the European Commission to approve its proposed purchase …

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British government urged to prioritize Brexit aviation deal to avoid trade hit

The government has been asked to think of the aviation industry in its Brexit negotiations to shield the country from hits to trade and investment. The Independent Transport Commission think-tank – a leading research charity – has publicized a report claiming that a lack of support for the aviation sector can result in trade damages once the UK departs the European Union in March 2019. Former Bank of England economist …

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Air Travel Fairness appeals to DOT to stop approval of airline antitrust immunity

The Air Travel Fairness, a traveler advocacy group based in the United States, has urged the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to rebuff any applications from airlines for either new or amended antitrust immunity (ATI) pacts between carriers. The group said that protections must first be implemented to shield consumers from the damage these cartel-like schemes inflict. Airlines with antitrust immunity are free to collaborate with each other on …

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UK airport boss appeals for government to set out its plans for Brexit

Charlie Cornish, the Chief Executive of the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), has urged the British government to shed light on what its vision for Brexit is. The frustration in the aviation community is palpable after negotiations with the European Union hit a snag, thereby compromising the entire timetable. Making the situation even more volatile was Finance Minister Philip Hammond’s statement that said Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet had yet to …

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Cyprus Transport Minister calls on EU to protect country against third country actions in air transport

Cyprus’ Transport Minister Marios Demetriades has appealed to his counterparts in the European Union to guarantee the protection of his country against third country actions in air transport. Demetriades was addressing the Transport and Telecommunications Council in Brussels. There, he issued his support for the free movement of data project, provided the essential checks and balances are in place. In particular, Demetriades was adamant that the EU protects its member …

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UK failing to establish traffic rights for airlines before Brexit could spell disaster, says IATA

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, did not mince words and said it would be a “disaster” should the UK not establish traffic rights for airlines before departing the European Union (EU). While the IATA and the rest of the industry harbors hope that negotiators from both sides can settle on a pact in the nick of time to sidestep airline service disruptions, recent …

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Hard Brexit a disaster for UK airlines, says IATA head

The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that a hard Brexit would be nothing short of a “disaster” for UK-based carriers. “If (traffic rights) are not negotiated because it is a hard Brexit it will be a disaster for the UK-based carriers because they will not be allowed to land in Europe, which is a small problem,” said IATA Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac …

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Aviation associations appeal to Dutch Government to not proceed with taxation policy

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and other leading industry organizations have appealed to the Dutch government to not move forward with its planned taxation policy. In a joint letter sent to the Minister of Finance, the group highlighted several crucial issues in relation to this proposal including the negative effect it would have on the Dutch economy, the inefficiency of such forms of taxation and contradictions with accepted international …

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IAG acquires slots from failed carrier Monarch Airlines

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has acquired the lucrative take-off and landing slots over at London’s Gatwick Airport, from failed carrier, Monarch Airlines. The administrators disclosed they were completing an exchange of Monarch’s slots for others currently owned by IAG but did not specify the amount IAG was paying under the arrangement to get the more valuable slot times. “As well as representing an excellent recovery …

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Canada, EU in trade dispute over fees on aircraft exports

Canadian authorities have been toiling over the past few months to lower what they have deemed “excessive” fees charged on the country’s aerospace exports to Europe. Progress have not come easy as Canadian officials have had a hard time getting cooperation from their European counterparts. The dispute over fees charged by the European Aviation Safety Agency to certify Canadian aircraft and parts has its roots from the end of last …

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