Category: Regulations & Safety

UAE and US Reaffirm Open Skies

The UAE welcomed the outcome of recent discussions on civil aviation with the United States in which both countries strongly reaffirmed the 2002 UAE-US Air Transport Agreement (ATA) and the fundamental principles of Open Skies. “The UAE is very pleased that our understanding with the US preserves all of the benefits of Open Skies for […]

Political Instability a Threat to Gulf Airline Industry

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) top official believes that political instability in the Middle East is posing a threat to the region’s airline industry growth.  The Middle East airline industry has not yet totally recovered from the Arab Spring – the 2010 series of protests and demonstrations across the region. That’s the view of […]

Global Standards, More Data Use, Key to Safely Managing Future Demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation stakeholders to follow global standards and make greater use of operational data in order to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by 2036. Speaking at the Safety and Flight Operations Conference, IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said, “Over the next 20 years, […]

Russia Permits US Carriers to Continue Overflying Its Territory

An official from Russian Transport ministry confirmed to Russian Aviation Insider that US carriers would be able to continue overflying Russian territory after April 19, 2018, the date when the agreement, which governs the number of transit slots, expires. The negotiations for prolongation of the agreement were scheduled by the transport ministries of both countries, […]

The European Court of Justice Has Strengthened The Rights of Passengers

According to a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), airlines may also be obliged to pay compensation to passengers in the event of wild strikes. The Luxembourg judges ruled on Tuesday that airlines are not automatically exempt from their obligation to pay compensation in the event of flight cancellations or delays due to […]

Venezuela Slaps 90-day Ban on Panama’s Copa Airlines

Venezuela has stepped up efforts to further isolate itself from the international community following a government decision on April 5 that has suspended all economic and commercial ties with Panama for a renewable period of ninety (90) days effective April 6 and valid through until July 6. The Venezuelan civil aviation authority (Instituto Nacional de […]

U.S.-China Trade War May See China Eastern Change Routes and Aircraft

As U.S. president Donald Trump ramps up pressure levels on a looming trade war with China, China Eastern has made it clear that if events affect passenger and cargo volumes, it is not afraid to alter routes and also the type of passenger jet it is prepared to purchase. DBS analyst Paul Yong stated that: […]

Russian Authorities Ground Antonov An-148 Passenger Airliners

Russia’s Tranport Oversight Agency (TOA), also referred to as Rostransnadzor, has issued a directive suspending operations of Antonov An-148 regional jets in the country. Agency head Viktor Basargin commented that the regulator has found certain issues with the type, including those related to the Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov, TASS newswire reports. Rostransnadzor has also ordered Saratov […]

Transport Canada Overhauls Itself

Transport Canada is in the middle of a transformation that includes using a risk-based process to ensure its resources, which have been under pressure, best meet safety needs. Its new Safety Risk Assessment system regularly examines “what we have learned from accidents, oversight, industry evolution, international developments, emerging technologies, etc.” and cross references that to […]

South Korea to Tighten Regulations Governing Budget Airlines

The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) is set to tightened regulations governing the low-cost carrier market niche in an effort to ensure greater stability as well as fairer competition. A MOLIT official told the Naver news agency this week that the changes would affect entrance requirements for start-up airlines as well […]