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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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Delegation from European Parliament praises UAE’s aviation sector

A delegation from the European Parliament was all praises for the aviation sector of the United Arab Emirates during their recent visit to the Kingdom. The delegation, which was headed by the Chairman of the European Parliamentary Friendship Group, Antonio Lopez Isturiz White, met up with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) earlier this week. The visitors lauded UAE’s aviation sector, which currently supports job opportunities for an estimated 40,000 …

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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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Europe refuses to give ICAO a blank cheque with aviation carbon scheme

By transportenvironment.org Flights to and from Europe are set to be excluded from the EU emissions trading system (ETS) until the end of 2023 after a provisional agreement was reached between MEPs, governments and the European Commission. Meanwhile, for the first time there will be a cap on European aviation emissions, which would be progressively reduced from 2021. T&E said that this is very important since the question now shifts from …

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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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IATA draws up national campaign to get states to firm up national air navigation services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has mapped out a strategy that would get major individual states to cultivate their national air navigation services in conjunction with airlines in line with what is required for the Single European Sky. IATA mentioned that the viable answer would be a National Airspace Strategy (NAS) where state-specific policies would be based on efficient regulation principles. This would include discussion with airspace users; a …

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Doing away with Germany’s air passenger tax to boost country’s economy

Germany’s economy would see a boost of 67 billion euros (£59.7 billion) over the next 12 years if the air passenger tax were eradicated, said a study conducted by consultancy PwC. The report, which was commissioned by lobby group, Airlines For Europe, stressed that doing away with the tax would transform Germany into a more appealing tourist destination, that would generate 1.08 billion euros a year via indirect taxes, more …

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Air France boss says UK must play by the EU court’s rules after Brexit

By Daniel Boffey – theguardian.com As the head of Europe’s largest intercontinental airline, Jean-Marc Janaillac can speak with authority on the complexities of cross-border travel. He carries some political insight, too, because he is chief executive of a business, Air France-KLM, that is 17%-owned by the French government. At the intersection of pan-European travel and politics lies Brexit, of which Janaillac is a dispassionate observer. After all, it is not his business that …

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US Feds push for airlines to prohibit laptops in checked luggage

The United States government is pushing the global airline community to prohibit personal electronic devices the size of laptops from checked-in baggage to mitigate the risk of a catastrophic fire. In a paper submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), tests showed that a laptop’s lithium-ion battery overheats in close contact to an aerosol spray can, it can cause an explosion that can …

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EU MEPs support new bearing for taxing aviation emissions

Members of the European Parliament have initially consented to proceed with the aviation industry’s existing treatment under the EU’s emissions trading scheme to make way for the development of a new industry-specific carbon tax agreement. The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was established in 2005 to help encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at EU level. It is a “cap and trade” system with a cap or limit on …

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