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25 March 2020
Llewellyn V Boyer-Cartwright Aviation 2019: a year in review

Bahamas - HarleyJames

There was much progress in The Bahamas' aviation sector in 2019; in particular, the completion of the runway rehabilitation project at the country's gateway airport and the aircraft registry project. Unfortunately, there were also a few setbacks. This article provides an overview of the main issues that affected the aviation sector in The Bahamas over the past 12 months.

Author: Llewellyn V Boyer-Cartwright
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Gavin Woods Implementation of Cape Town Convention in Bermuda

Bermuda - Carey Olsen Bermuda

As a result of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment coming into force in Bermuda, leasing companies, owners, lenders and other parties that deal with Bermudian entities participating in aircraft transactions and/or aircraft registered in Bermuda may opt to take the additional steps necessary to obtain the protections conferred by the convention. This article revisits key points concerning the implementation of the convention and declarations relating thereto.

Author: Gavin Woods
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Carlos P Martins Government restricts travel to Canada by foreign nationals

Canada - WeirFoulds

The minister of transport recently issued an interim order regarding the denial of boarding to foreign nationals on international flights to Canada and a health check that air operators flying to Canada must conduct prior to boarding. This article summarises the interim order's key points.

Authors: Carlos P Martins, Andrew MacDonald
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Ville-Veikko Vänttinen Impact of COVID-19 on Finnish air travel

Finland - Waselius & Wist

Finnair recently announced that it is cutting 90% of its normal flight capacity due to the COVID-19 outbreak and consequently cancelling the majority of its flights temporarily as of 1 April 2020 until the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic improves. The cancellation will affect between 1,500 and 2,000 flights from 16 March 2010 until 31 March 2020, with only critical air connections for Finland maintained.

Authors: Ville-Veikko Vänttinen, Maria Lehtimäki
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Laura Pierallini New trends and challenges in aviation sector

International - Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

According to the 2020 edition of Deloitte's Global Aerospace and Defence Industry Outlook, commercial aircraft manufacturing is going to reach 1,900 aircraft compared with the 1,450 estimated in 2019. Electric-powered aircraft, urban air mobility and automated flight decks are the main goals that the aviation industry must address in terms of technology and digital processes, with the aim of improving productivity and efficiency to meet the high expectations placed on the sector.

Author: Laura Pierallini
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Ulrich Steppler Three takeaways from COVID-19 crisis for improved customer care

International - Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the airline industry has been severe, with estimated losses of approximately $113 billion. The challenge for air carriers is how to handle a high volume of claims with a reduced workforce for an indefinite period. In that respect, the automation and digitisation of the claims handling processes can help airlines to handle more claims in less time and be flexible concerning their headcount and the volume of cases to be processed on a daily basis.

Authors: Ulrich Steppler, Katja Helen Brecke
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Patrick McGauley COVID-19 Weekly Report (16-22 March 2020)

International - Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of expert international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

Author: Patrick McGauley
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Rachel Welford DOT clarifies enforcement policy regarding coronavirus

USA - Cozen O'Connor

The Department of Transportation recently issued the Enforcement Notice Regarding Denying Boarding by Airlines of Individuals Suspected of Having Coronavirus. The enforcement notice acknowledges that medical certificates are unlikely to demonstrate whether a passenger is a direct threat, especially as there are no known measures that would prevent transmission of coronavirus in the cabin's closed environment.

Authors: Rachel Welford, Matthew J Howell
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Recent updates

Laura Pierallini Supreme Court decision on scope of Montreal Convention

Italy - Studio Pierallini

Author: Laura Pierallini
Ahmed Murad International obligations in aircraft accident investigations

Maldives - Mazlan & Murad Law Associates

Author: Ahmed Murad
Carlos P Martins Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations – an overview

Canada - WeirFoulds

Authors: Carlos P Martins, Andrew MacDonald
Sergi Giménez Binder New ministerial order on issuance and maintenance of air operators' licences

Spain - Augusta Abogados

Author: Sergi Giménez Binder
Peggy Sharon Direct flight to final destination instead of delay in first segment not considered cancelled flight

Israel - Levitan, Sharon & Co

Authors: Peggy Sharon, Keren Marco
Andreas Fankhauser Federal Administrative Court weighs in on penalty levied on airline for carrying inadmissible persons

Switzerland - Proton Legal LLC

Author: Andreas Fankhauser
Carsten Vyvers New year, new liability under Montreal Convention

International - Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Author: Carsten Vyvers