ASEAN tweaks air accords

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Aviation, News

NAY PYI TAW, 27 January 2015: Introduction of ASEAN Open Skies Agreements with the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea are moving forward, tourism ministers at the ASEAN Tourism Forum confirmed Monday.

ASEAN pursues a policy of liberalising air service agreements through negotiations with China, European Union, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

ASEAN recently concluded  an exchange of fifth freedom air traffic rights between ASEAN member states and China.

inside no 3The ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement, should boost business and leisure travel to and within the region and also allow Chinese carriers to use ASEAN gateway city airports to fly beyond.

The tourism ministers noted the outcome from other relevant sectors, which support people-to-people connectivity such as transportation and immigration.

However they omitted to provide details of ASEAN’s own open skies policies that should be fully implemented by the time the AEC era begins this December.

It is understood from recent reports that a key element – Indonesia’s ratification of the ASEAN open skies policy – remains pending. Indonesia has the largest population in ASEAN and is viewed by ASEAN based airline as an essential component for  the success of the open skies policy.

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