Monday, September 24, 2012
Arik Air Resumes Domestic FlightsThe Nigerian government and the State's largest carrier have, at least for now, resolved whatever disagreements led to the grounding of aircraft last week.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Irish Aviation Authority Finds Ryanair in Compliance with Minimum Fuel StandardsThere's been recent controversy over complaints by Spanish authorities that Ryanair planes might be carrying less than the minimum amount of fuel required to safely reach their destinations. Ryanair has attempted to reduce fuel costs and improve fuel efficiency by limiting the excess fuel carried on its flights. The initial investigation by Irish authorities appears to have found Ryanair in accord with its legal requirements.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Arik Air Suspends Domestic Flights
Arik Air, Nigeria's largest carrier, has halted all domestic flights indefinitely after its offices were raided Thursday, allegedly by government officials. The airline and government aviation authorities offer differing accounts of the incident. The airline is heavily in debt to the government and is supposedly behind on payments to its employees as well. This incident marks the latest misfortune for Nigeria's struggling aviation sector.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Foreign Carriers Already Contemplating Moves in Indian MarketEtihad has emerged as a leading candidate to become the first foreign carrier to take advantage of India's newly relaxed FDI rules. Etihad is in discussions to acquire a minority stake in Jet Airways. In related news, a number of LCCs, notably AirAsia, are said to be contemplating investing in Indian startups.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Tepid Interest in TAPThe Wall Street Journal has the details. Neither IAG nor Lufthansa submitted a bid for the Portuguese flag carrier. The government needs to sell the airline by the end of the year.
Friday, September 14, 2012
India FDI Reform Finally Goes ThroughAfter close to a year of debate, the Indian government appears to have finally secured a change that will permit foreign carriers to own up to a 49 percent stake in Indian airlines.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
EU Members Deny Reports of Surrender on ETSYesterday's story that the EC might be willing to back down from including aviation in its ETS has now received push back from EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and representatives of France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. There is clearly some dissent among politicians and industry actors within the EU over how to proceed in regard to this highly fraught international standoff. Current law includes international aviation in the EU ETS and today's comments make clear that there does not yet exist a consensus in support of a legal change.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
EU Officials Ready to Fold on ETS?News reports today suggest at least some EU officals, following a meeting with Airbus, are concerned enough about the prospect of a trade war that they're now willing to consider suspending the application of the ETS until a solution is reached through ICAO.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Competition Review Obstructs Ryanair Takeover of Aer LingusRyanair's third attempt at a takeover of Aer Lingus will be probed by EU competition regulators. The Irish low-cost carrier is dropping its bid for the country's flag carrier now, but hopes to be able to accommodate regulators' concerns as the competition review proceeds.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Open Skies NewsThere have been multiple developments regarding new or potential Open Skies agreements. Mexico is reportedly attempting to sell Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala on a regional pact. Meanwhile, Fiji is meeting with UAE to discuss a bilateral agreement. Last week, the United States signed an Open Skies agreement with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia though there is not currently service between the two countries.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Cameron: No Heathrow Expansion Until at Least 2015Despite mounting pressure to reconsider, British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow Airport and indicated that he will remain opposed until after the next elections. The UK government is expected to provide more information next month about its preferred solution to the country's need for increased airport capacity.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Outlook Worsens for FDI in IndiaThe long-running saga over whether the Indian government will relax rules surrounding foreign direct investment in Indian airlines took another turn this week as a leader of an important political coalition expressed opposition to the proposal.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
German Court Rules Passengers Not Entitled to Compensation for Flights Canceled Because of StrikeEU rules require airlines to compensate passengers for canceled flights unless the cancellation results from "exceptional circumstances." Germany's Federal Court of Justice has just ruled that a worker strike qualifies as "exceptional circumstances." (via Wall Street Journal).
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Japan Considering Paring Back Safety RegulationsNot what one typically thinks of when one hears the term "deregulation." Details here.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Passenger Rights Law Takes Effect in Israel
Airlines and charter flights departing Israeli airports will have to compensate passengers for delayed or canceled flights now that a new law has taken effect. The new law brings Israeli passenger protections closer in line with EU standards. Further harmonization will be necessary under the recently signed EU/Israel Air Transport Agreement.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
FAA Says Seatbelt Extenders Must Come From Airlines
The FAA has issued guidance to aircraft operators that passengers should not be allowed to utilize separately purchased seatbelt extenders. The only extenders approved by the FAA for use are those provided by operators.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Horton Dishes on AMR Merger, oneworld
In an story published in Sunday's Financial Times, American Airlines CEO Tom Horton shared a few notable tidbits of information. He said that AMR would likely make a decision in the coming weeks about merging with another carrier, that in the event of a merger AMR would remain in the oneworld alliance, and that oneworld is "on the brink" of adding one of the big three Gulf carriers: Emirates, Etihad or Qatar.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Ukraine Ratifies Cape Town Convention
On July 31 Ukraine became the most recent State to deposit its instrument of ratification to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Aircraft Protocol. Ukraine's elected declarations can be found here.
Friday, August 10, 2012
UK Competition Tribunal Dismisses Ryanair Challenge; Commission to Proceed with Investigation into Aer Lingus Holding
The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed Ryanair's application for a review of the UK Competition Commission's decision to investigate Ryanair's 30% stake in Aer Lingus. A short summary and pdf of the full judgment can be found here.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Spirit Hit With Class-Action Suit Over Passenger Fees
Plaintiffs allege that between 2008 and 2011 Spirit Airlines misrepresented a passenger usage fee as a government charge. This is the second lawsuit brought about by Spirit's fare policies this year.