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New member for AFA, Australian government & Qatar airways

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) has added Icelandair Cargo to its member roster as the airline expands its cargo network in the US. Icelandair Cargo's strategic move involves dedicated freighters operating in North America starting in September. AfA, representing the US transport and logistics sector, aims to build close relationships with forwarders, aligning its strategic goals with Icelandair Cargo's expansion objectives. The airline's position between North America and Europe strengthens AfA's global representation. The association's goals include advocating for air cargo infrastructure investment and helping shippers prepare for upcoming changes in US cargo screening requirements.

Australian government criticised for blocking Qatar Airways flights

per market Info. the Australian government is under fire for rejecting Qatar Airways' proposal to add 21 weekly flights between Europe and Australian cities. Critics, including the travel industry and consumer rights groups, argue that this move would have increased competition and potentially led to lower fares. They believe that Qantas' claims of market distortion are unfounded and that expanding Qatar Airways' operations would benefit consumers by fostering competition. Australia has seen persistently high air travel costs, even doubling compared to pre-pandemic levels, and many attribute this to protectionism. Transport Minister Catherine King, with Qantas' support, defended the rejection, citing the need to protect Australian aviation jobs and maintain a competitive industry.

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