New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Aug 15, 2010
U.S. to start collecting new fee from foreign visitors. The Travel Promotion Act established a new federal tourism bureau, which will be funded through fees charged to visitors entering the U.S. The fees, totaling USD14 per visitor and assessed every two years, will be collected through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. The European Commission criticized the new fee. Aug 9, 2010
New rule that amends DHS regulations to require travelers from Visa Waiver Program to pay a fee US Customs and Border Protection announced an interim final rule that amends DHS regulations to require travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to pay operational and travel promotion fees when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) beginning September 8, 2010. A fee of USD4.00 will recover the costs incurred by CBP of providing and administering the ESTA system and is in addition to the mandatory USD10.00 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, enacted as Section 9 of Public Law 111-145, the United States Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009. The total fee for a new or renewed ESTA will be USD14.00. All payments for electronic travel authorization applications must be made by credit card or debit card when applying for or renewing an ESTA at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. The ESTA system currently accepts only the following credit/debit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover. Your application will not be submitted for processing until all payment information is received. Aug 9, 2010
Air Seychelles The European Union (EU) emission trading scheme has been a challenge to airlines flying into European airspace, and foreign carriers have progressively started to comply with monitoring and reporting requirements. Air Seychelles is also now on board with this and has instituted measures and procedures to meet the European UnionOs requirements, based on which continued traffic rights into the EU are anchored. The SeychellesO national airline is expected to buy carbon credits if necessary but may also take advantage of free carbon credits once the first schedule of reports has been submitted to the EU and reviewed by their experts. Air Seychelles operates scheduled flights to Italy, Britain, and charters, as and where required from mainland Europe and Britain to the archipelago and also currently...