Asean to open skies fur­ther

Na­tions ink pro­to­col to lib­er­alise trans­port ser­vices in re­gion

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - This is to pro­mote seam­less cross-bor­der mo­bil­ity. Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

SIN­GA­PORE: Asean coun­tries signed the pro­to­col to put into place a pack­age of com­mit­ments to fur­ther lib­er­alise air trans­port ser­vices in the re­gion.

At the 23rd Asean Trans­port Min­is­ters Meet­ing, the coun­tries also agreed to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity among mem­ber states.

Trans­port min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cials from Asean mem­ber coun­tries at­tended the two-day meet­ing. Also present were di­a­logue part­ners from China, Ja­pan and South Korea.

Among the high­lights of the meet­ing was the con­clu­sion of the “tenth pack­age of com­mit­ments on air trans­port ser­vices un­der the Asean Frame­work of Ser­vices”.

“We signed the pro­to­col to fa­cil­i­tate its im­ple­men­ta­tion to fur­ther lib­er­alise air trans­port an­cil­lary ser­vices in the re­gion,” said Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow said the min­is­ters also signed the pro­to­col of do­mes­tic code-share rights, al­low­ing code­shar­ing ar­range­ments be­tween the mar­ket­ing air­line and do­mes­tic air­line in Asean mem­ber coun­tries.

“This would in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Malaysia and other Asean mem­ber states.

“At the same time, it would en­able des­ig­nated air­lines of Malaysia to of­fer their pas­sen­gers a wide range of travel op­tions which can ex­tend be­yond the air­lines’ own net­work and route struc­ture,” he added.

Liow said the min­is­ters signed the Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion Ar­range­ment on Flight Crew Li­cens­ing, which would fa­cil­i­tate air ser­vices to com­ple­ment lib­er­al­i­sa­tion ef­forts in Asean, and en­sure the high­est de­gree of se­cu­rity in in­ter­na­tional air trans­port.

They also reached an agree­ment on the Fa­cil­i­ta­tion of Cross Bor­der Trans­port of Pas­sen­gers by Road Ve­hi­cles.

“This is to pro­mote seam­less cross-bor­der mo­bil­ity of pas­sen­gers be­tween Asean mem­ber states,” said Liow.

He added that the min­is­ters had con­cluded the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween the au­thor­i­ties in charge of air­craft ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der the Asean-China part­ner­ship.

“This agree­ment would fur­ther strengthen Malaysia’s co­op­er­a­tion with China in re­la­tion to air­craft ac­ci­dent and in­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions, shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­per­tise in var­i­ous spe­cial­ist fields, equip­ment and re­search,” he said.

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