Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Last week, as is done every three years, the ICAO general Assembly elected a new Council. This is highly important as the Council sets the policy agenda for the organization. The importance is magnified this time around because the incoming Council will oversee the development of the global emissions plan to be introduced in 2016.
The Council election process is segregated into three tiers, with the first grouping consisting of States of chief importance in air transport. All of the States in this tier retained their place on the Council. The second grouping consists of States which make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation (excluding States in tier 1). Norway, Portugal and Venezuela were newly elected in this grouping. The third tier is used to ensure adequate geographic representation of all areas making up the ICAO community. Most of the turnover on the Council occurs within this grouping. This year, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Libya, Nicaragua, Poland, and United Republic of Tanzania were newly elected within this category.
The full Council, including incumbents and newly elected States, is as follows: Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, and Venezuela.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Texas, one of six states to join the Department of Justice's complaint against the proposed American Airlines/US Airways merger, has withdrawn from the lawsuit after the carriers agreed to continue existing services to the state's airports. Texas' withdrawal is unlikely to have a significant bearing on the trial.
Also today, the presiding judge has denied the DOJ's request for a postponement due to the federal government shutdown. The DOJ attorneys assigned to the case are now expected to continue working on the case despite the shutdown.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Reuters has a report out today describing the latest developments regarding ICAO's efforts to manage aviation emissions. The proposal currently under consideration appears to be a commitment to some form of global market-based-mechanism, the details of which would be drafted and finalized by 2016, and which would take effect beginning in 2020.
According to the report, there remains disagreement about the interim rules on emissions regulation. As has previously been reported, the EU would be permitted to keep its scheme, but only charge allowances to foreign carriers for the portions of flights over the collective territory of EU member states. The United States is reportedly objecting to plans that would exempt many developing countries from the obligation to comply with the EU regulations.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
The New York Times reports that an F.A.A. aviation rulemaking committee is expected to formulate rule changes later this week that would allow passengers to use electronic devices such as e-readers and tablets during takeoff and landing. Restrictions are likely to remain in place on cell phone and Wi-Fi use. A brief explanation of the current policy can be found here.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Greg Principato, past president of Airports Council International-North America, will present at the International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) and Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development's third annual lecture on October 21 at DePaul University. The title of his speech will be "Trouble on the Tarmac: Redirecting U.S. Aviation Policy to Promote Economic Growth."
Principato served eight years as president of Airports Council International-North America, before stepping down in June 2013. During his 30 plus-year career, he worked on a wide variety of aviation issues. His many achievements include serving as executive director of the 1993 National Airline Commission, helping negotiate a new air service agreement between the United States and Japan, working to develop a new global standard for aircraft noise, and helping negotiate an international airline alliance.
Each year, IALI and Chaddick invite an expert in national aviation policy and advocacy to discuss the role of commercial airports and their impact on U.S. cities and the national transportation network. Past presenters include Christa Fornarotto, the Federal Aviation Administration’s associate administrator for airports, and Professor John Kasarda, author of the book Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.
Attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please contact IALI Executive Director Stephen B. Rudolph.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Here's what you should know before beginning your three-day weekend:
- A November 25 trial date has been set for the antitrust challenge to the American/US Airways merger.
- More good news for American Airlines: the judge overseeing the carrier's bankruptcy appears willing to confirm its reorganization plan before the antitrust challenge is resolved.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a show-cause order supporting antitrust immunity for the Delta/Virgin Atlantic joint venture.
- ICAO has rescinded India's significant safety concern designation.
- Chilean carrier LAN won a legal dispute with the Argentinian government over use of an airport.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
CAPA Centre for Aviation posted a very helpful article yesterday describing the extent to which New Zealand has worked to implement its new air transportation policy emphasizing an expansion of open skies agreements, even in cases where the liberalization of traffic rights has not been reciprocal.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Welcome to the redesigned blog! I hope everyone likes the new look.
The top end-of-week story is that American Airlines and US Airways have filed a motion requesting a November 12 start date for their antitrust trial. This is three months earlier than the February start date the DOJ would prefer. The disagreement isn't trivial, as American cannot resolve its bankruptcy proceedings without first settling the merger question. The DOJ, by contrast, wants more time to prepare its arguments.