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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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AOA and ACI EUROPE make appeal to UK and EU negotiators to think about passengers


The UK Airport Operators Association and ACI EUROPE have released a joint statement to respond to the draft EU guidelines for the post Brexit relationship, which confirm that particular air transport and air safety pacts would be required to guard air connectivity between the UK and the EU. The two groups welcomed the step as it pushes the envelope forward for the future aviation relationship and potentially lessens the amount …

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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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Ryanair pins blame on UK’s high tourism tax for closure of Glasgow base and job layoffs

Ryanair would be reducing the number of routes that it operates from Glasgow, putting as much as 300 workers at risk of losing their jobs. Ryanair has pinned the blame on UK’s high tourism tax for the call to shut down its base at the popular Scottish city. The Glasgow base would be getting shut down in November and shift the plane that is located there to Edinburgh as well …

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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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UK gives green light to funding for development of technology to boost airport security

The UK government has given the green light for the release of a total of £1.8 million to aid eight projects that would develop technology geared to bolster airport security and enhance the screening process. The new aviation security solutions are being made to strengthen threat detection capabilities, lessen queues and largely facilitate quicker airport screening process. Security Screening Technologies is one of the projects that would be receiving part …

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