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EU calls on ICAO to agree to long-term aviation climate plan
The European Union (EU) has called on ICAO to agree at its assembly in September to a “long-term goal” to address the aviation industry’s increasing carbon-dioxide emissions.
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Air France-KLM’s 2018 profit more than doubles despite difficult year 
The Air France-KLM Group reported a 2018 net profit of €409 million ($468 million), more than doubled from €163 million for 2017, on a 2.5% year-over-year (YOY) increase in revenue to €26.5 billion.
UK tightens drone restrictions near airports 
Anyone caught flying a drone within 5km (3.1 mi.) of an airport runway will face arrest and criminal charges under new UK government legislation, which comes into force in March.
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Flybe turns down counter takeover bid from Mesa Air Group
UK regional Flybe has rejected a rival takeover bid from investors led by Mesa Air Group, which seeks to halt the sale of the airline to Virgin Atlantic- and Stobart Group-led consortium Connect Airways.
Air France-KLM appoints Elbers, Rigail new deputy CEOs 
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines CEO Pieter Elbers will stay at the helm of the Dutch carrier and assume the additional role of Air France-KLM deputy CEO alongside the French unit’s CEO Anne Rigail.
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Air France pilots approve pay deal, ending 12-month impasse 
Air France pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new pay deal with the French flag carrier, ending a year-long deadlock that resulted in a series of strikes in 2018.
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Ryanair’s Belgian pilot union endorses new labor agreement
Ryanair’s Belgian pilots have endorsed a four-year collective labor agreement (CLA) covering remuneration and rostering, following the Irish LCC’s October decision to apply local labor law to cockpit and cabin crew based in Belgium.
Collapsed flybmi announces staff redundancies, appoints administrator 
Most of the 376 employees at flybmi—the UK regional carrier that abruptly suspended operations and filed for bankruptcy protection over the weekend—have been made redundant, and stranded passengers are being offered “rescue fares” by other airlines to help them return home.
Air France trials biometric boarding enhancements
Air France expects enhancements to the biometric boarding pass solution it is trialing to soon enable passengers to proceed from baggage drop-off to boarding without having to show passports or identification cards at all.
Chinese drone maker upgrades geofencing technology around airports
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is upgrading the geofencing technology in its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to prevent them from flying close to airports across Europe.
EasyJet in talks with Delta, Italian railway firm for Alitalia investment
UK LCC easyJet has confirmed it is in talks with US carrier Delta Air Lines and Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato over the possibility of a joint investment in bankrupt Alitalia.
Avolon sees 2018 profits rise 30%, warns of more airline failures
Irish lessor Avolon reported a 30% increase in full-year profit for 2018 to $717 million while revenue increased 10% year-over-year (YOY) to $2.57 billion.
The Netherlands calls for EU-wide aviation fuel tax 
The Dutch government is advocating for a European Union (EU)-wide levy on aviation fuel to address rising carbon dioxide emissions from the commercial air transport sector.
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Norwegian to cease French Caribbean routes in optimization strategy
LCC Norwegian will withdraw from the Caribbean market in March after concluding that its flights to the region are not financially viable.
European regulator approves Air France-KLM, Delta, Virgin JV 
The European Commission (EC) has approved a transatlantic joint venture agreement among Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic that will see the Franco-Dutch airline group acquire a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic.
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