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Nov 20, 2006

EU adviser says court should ban bilateral open-skies pacts. An adviser to the EU's Court of Justice says member countries cannot sign "open-skies" bilateral agreements with the U.S. If the court adopts that view, it could undermine the legal rationale for global airline alliances. Bilateral agreements undermine key principles of the EU's single market, the adviser says. Nov 17, 2006

Research center to focus on U.S. transportation. A new DOT-sponsored research facility at Purdue University will look for ways to boost the efficiency of America's airports, rail lines, highways and waterways. The center's main focus is to develop a system to coordinate passenger and freight travel. Nov 16, 2006

Eurocontrol's Maastricht Upper Area Control Center, which provides air traffic services in the upper airspace of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and northwestern Germany, was formally certified as compliant with European Community requirements for the provision of air navigation services. MUAC's certification represents "a unique example of a multi-States joint service and a precursor to Functional Airspace Blocks," Eurocontrol DG V?ctor Aguado said. "The fact that in addition it is one of the first to be certified under the Single European Sky legislation demonstrates our commitment to being in the forefront of providing high-standard air traffic control services." Nov 14, 2006

Assn. of European Airlines expressed "strong disappointment" in the European Commission Transport Directorate's decision not to include a revision of the 1996 Ground Handling Directive as part of the Airport Package of planned regulatory measures governing airline-airport relationships. While main airports and trade organizations argue that they opened the market and lowered prices, Europe's major airlines believe the opposite. Nov 13, 2006

EC's transportation package, due to be adopted by the before year end, will include only a report on the effects of the 1996 Directive. The EC has indicated that the issue will be revived in 2007. "We hope that the proposed report will recognize how shortcomings continue to penalize the airlines," AEA Secretary General Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus said. "We urge the Commission to acknowledge that the revision of the Directive is long overdue, and should take place in the near future. In the meantime, we insist that their resolve to tackle airport charges and capacity is as strong as ever." Nov 13, 2006

US FAA To Help India Update Aviation Standards. The Indian government on Monday signed an agreement with the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to help it develop and modernize its nascent but booming aviation sector. Nov 13, 2006

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