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Jul 30, 2007

Canada and Iceland signed an open skies agreement that replaced an MOU signed in 1995 and will allow Icelandair, which currently serves Halifax, to launch a Toronto service next spring. It said flights will operate 5-7 times per week. The carrier said additional Canadian destinations "are under consideration for future development." Jul 25, 2007

In its annual report published, the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) highlighted a 22% increase in the number of passenger complaints. Flight cancellations were the biggest gripe, accounting for 40% of written grievances. AUC received 6,289 written complaints between April 2006 and March 2007, a marginal increase on the previous year and 5,757 telephone grumbles, representing a 53% rise. Jul 25, 2007

Ruth Kelly, the new UK Secretary of State for Transport, has made a good start in this most visible of positions. The eighth department head since the Labour Party took power more than ten years ago, she succeeded a competent minister in Douglas Alexander, straight away accepting a commitment by her predecessor to attend an Aviation Club lunch only several days into her new job. Jul 23, 2007

US FAA reached an employment agreement with 1,200 engineers and architects responsible for the planning, design and installation of facilities, systems and equipment to support the National Airspace System. Negotiations between FAA and the workers represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn. took nine months. Jul 23, 2007

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