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Philippine and Sudanese airlines banned from EU airspace

Philippine and Sudanese airlines banned from EU airspace

31 March 2010 Airline News

The European Union has banned all airlines from Sudan and the Philippines from its airspace as part of an effort to improve safety standards in member states. The decision follows consultation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and sees the total number of countries on the blacklist rise to 17.

EU-US sign second Open Skies aviation agreement

EU-US sign second Open Skies aviation agreement

26 March 2010 Press Release Airline News

The European Union and United States last night agreed in principal on a second Open Skies deal, ostensibly allowing airlines to take larger stakes in their transatlantic competitors. However, while the EU has been quick to support the proposal, America has been more reticent in endorsing the project.

EU upset by new US visa plans

EU upset by new US visa plans

10 September 2009 Tourism News

The European Union is raising strong criticism of a congressional proposal to charge a $10 fee to some visitors to the United States. The $10 fee is part of the Travel Promotion Act which would be put in place in order to help fund a world-wide project to increase the number of visitors to the US.

EU launches probe into Lufthansa takeover of Austria

2 July 2009 Press Release Airline News

European Union regulators are launching an investigation into Lufthansa’s bid for Austrian Airlines, saying the deal could reduce choice and hike fares for passengers on some routes.The European Commission said it had “serious doubts” that the takeover could proceed without the airlines making some changes to eliminate antitrust concerns.

EU poised to lift Garuda ban

30 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

European Union official say the are “confident” that a two-year ban on Indonesian flag carrier Garuda will be lifted this week when they publish a quarterly list of airlines banned from the region.All 51 registered Indonesian airlines were banned from the EU in June 2007 following a spate of accidents, including a crash in Yogyakarta, Java, in which 21 people were killed. The pilot was imprisoned for two years for criminal negligence.

Open Skies between Europe and Canada gets go ahead

1 April 2009 Press Release Airline News

European Uniontransport ministers have agreed to deregulate air travel between the EU and Canada under the “Open Skies” pact.The agreement will allow EU carriers to fly freely from any member state to and from Canada, where carriers will have reciprocal rights. It follows a similar EU agreement with the US which came into effect in March 2008.

EU steps in to keep Austrian running

20 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

The European Union has approved a EUR 200 million (US$265 million) rescue loan for Austrian Airlines AG as the company awaits approval for its takeover by Germany’s Lufthansa AG.