Asean to open skies further
Nations ink protocol to liberalise transport services in region
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.