Thursday, August 30, 2012

Competition Review Obstructs Ryanair Takeover of Aer Lingus

Ryanair'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.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Open Skies News

There 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.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cameron: No Heathrow Expansion Until at Least 2015

Despite 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. 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Outlook Worsens for FDI in India

The 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. 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

German Court Rules Passengers Not Entitled to Compensation for Flights Canceled Because of Strike

EU 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).

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Japan Considering Paring Back Safety Regulations

Not what one typically thinks of when one hears the term "deregulation." Details here.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Russia May Bar Carriers from Complying with EU ETS

According to Air Transport World, Russia may soon join the growing list of States that have prohibited or are taking steps toward prohibiting their carriers from participating in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. It also appears that the ETS has given Russia an excuse to once again abandon its promises to reduce the Siberian overflight fees charged to EU carriers. The EU had hoped the issue would finally be put to rest as a condition of Russia's admission into the WTO.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

IAG Considering Small Stake in AMR

IAG confirmed today that it is considering acquiring a small stake in American Airlines. American's post-bankruptcy future as a stand-alone carrier is uncertain, and while IAG is prohibited by U.S. laws from owning a majority share of the U.S. carrier, IAG may believe that such an acquisition will help keep American in the oneworld alliance regardless of a potential merger with another U.S. carrier.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Airlines Push for Article 84 Action

Airlines for America is lobbying the Obama administration to file a complaint with ICAO over the ETS issue. The complaint would be brought under Article 84 of the Chicago Convention.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

D.C. ETS Opposition Meeting Ends with No Solution in Sight

The two-day meeting of countries opposed to the EU's aviation emissions regulation ended yesterday. In attendance were Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. As we wrote on Monday, the fact that EU opponents were even having this meeting to explore common ground and attempt to help along the ICAO process demonstrates a desire for an actual ICAO solution, as opposed to merely a victory over the EU. At the same time, comments coming out of the meeting suggest a global solution is still some way off and unlikely to be ready in time to head off conflict next Spring. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Senate Compromise Paves Way for Passage of Mostly Symbolic EU ETS Bill

Senate Bill 1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, has been cleared for a floor vote and looks likely to pass after an amendment was added to secure additional support. The legislation accuses the EU of violating international law by extending its ETS to U.S. carriers and instructs the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. carriers from complying with the EU regulation and FAA and State Department officials to negotiate protections for U.S. operators. The legislation's actual impact on U.S. negotiations within ICAO is likely to be limited as the legislation contains sufficient qualifying language to allow the implicated executive branch agencies continued discretion in their response to the international controversy. The main purpose of the legislation appears to be symbolism as the U.S. Congress conveys to the EU its displeasure and willingness to take a hard line stance over the aviation emissions issue, and it affords individual Senators an opportunity to pander to anti-European and anti-environmentalist sentiments within their constituencies. The amendment that allowed the bill to proceed was a similar example of messaging as two Senators, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California, attempted to burnish their own environmental credentials and soften the United States' anti-environmental posture abroad by securing language asking ICAO to do something to reduce aviation emissions. Corresponding legislation passed the House of Representatives last year. There is no word yet as to whether the President will sign the bill.

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