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European Commission director general for mobility and transport Henrik Hololei provides an update on the ongoing discussions over a new aviation agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit and warns of the real threat of no flights operating on day one. He highlights the progress of discussions on the EU-ASEAN open skies agreement and optimism an agreement could emerge before the end of 2018, while also highlighting the conclusion of agreements with Armenia and Tunisia; proposed agreements with Qatar, Turkey and Azerbaijan; and new mandates to negotiate with Mexico and Oman.

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Seoul: CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit

The two day CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit aims to help bridge the gaps in awareness that exist between the stakeholders - to help create the conditions for a win-win in North Asian aviation and beyond.

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Orlando International Airport reported (24-May-2018) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2018:

  • Passengers: 4.0 million, +1.9% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 3.5 million, +1.8%;
    • International: 545,855, +2.0%;
  • Cargo: 19,998 tons, +18.5%;
    • Domestic: 15,225 tons, +9.6%;
    • International: 4774 tons, +59.6%;
  • Aircraft movements: 29,667, +0.5%. [more - original PR]

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, in a report entitled: 'US-Gulf airline conflict: peace with (almost) honour', stated (25-May-2018) the integrity of open skies agreements between the US, Qatar and the UAE remains intact, representing a positive outcome from the US-UAE open skies negotiations. Both sides in the Gulf subsidy debate have claimed victory, although these "declarations of victory could be somewhat premature". CAPA noted the subsidy issue could raise its "very ugly head" again, once Gulf airlines resume their growth to the US. [more - CAPA Analysis]

Abu Dhabi International Airport reported (24-May-2018) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2018:

  • Passengers: 1.8 million, -11.1% year-on-year;
  • Cargo: 51,400 tonnes, -5.5%;
  • Aircraft movements: 11,615, -14.3%.

The top five destinations from Abu Dhabi International Airport in Apr-2018 were London Heathrow, Manila, Jeddah, Bangkok, and Cairo. [more - original PR - English/Arabic]

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) announced (18-May-2018) the admission of Somalia to COMESA and a new COMESA airspace agreement. Somalia's accession follows successful conclusion of negotiations between Somalia and the COMESA Bureau of the Council of Ministers in early May-2018. The new airspace agreement aims at achieving a seamless upper airspace for the region. COMESA also disclosed that it is "about to secure funding" for construction of a new COMESA headquarters with a conference centre, a five star hotel and a shopping complex. [more - original PR]

USGovernment Accountability Office (GAO) published (24-May-2018) the results of an audit on US FAA's management of safety risks related to drones. GAO reported:

  • FAA's information on the extent of unsafe use of drones in "limited". Although FAA collects data on several types of safety events involving small UAS, the accuracy and completeness of the data are "questionable";
  • FAA is taking steps to improve its data. For example, it is developing a web-based system for the public to report any sightings of UAS that are perceived to be a safety concern and a survey of UAS users on their operational activity;
  • FAA is evaluating technologies for detecting and remotely identifying UAS, and that could improve data on unsafe use.

GAO recommended that the FAA establish a mechanism to ensure that FAA's management of small UAS safety risks follows all applicable principles and requirements in the agency's policies. FAA agreed with GAO's recommendation. [more - original PR]

Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (YPA) reported (24-May-2018) Greece's airports handle 9.9 million passengers for the first four months of 2018, up 6.4% year-on-year. Athens International Airport handled 1.9 million passengers. Airports with the highest growth include:

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CAPA Global Aviation Outlook 2018

Issue 43
  • Aviation Outlook: 2017 was aviation’s sweetest spot ever, but oil prices could spoil the party in 2018
  • Northeast Asia: Chinese airlines begin to take on the role of disruptor
  • Asian Airports: Asia on the ascent
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Problems with legacy airline information systems

Issue 42
  • Open API channels in airline distribution
  • Offering mobility as a service
  • Airport technology - what passengers want
  • The FFP spinoff model after Air Canada
  • Environmental sustainability for aviation
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