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Malaysia, Singapore expand air pact

Malaysia, Singapore expand air pact
SINGAPORE, Oct 20 — Singapore and Malaysia will be expanding their bilateral air services agreement after talks in Kuching, Malaysia, the Ministry of Transport announced yesterday.

This new agreement gives both countries’ carriers the right to operate passenger services between Singapore and six new destinations in Malaysia — Alor Star, Bintulu, Labuan, Kerteh, Kota Bahru and Sibu.

“We are pleased with the outcome of today’s air services consultations, especially following on the results achieved in the last two rounds of consultations,” said delegation leader and permanent secretary of the Ministry of Transport Choi Shing Kwok.

Both Singapore and Malaysia carriers will each have the traffic rights to operate 28 weekly passenger services to each of these destinations.

As part of the new agreement, the carriers from both countries will have expanded traffic rights to operate 42 weekly passenger services each to Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi.

In addition, the carriers will be entitled to 28 weekly passenger services each to Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Malacca, Miri, Sandakan and Tawau.

In addition to these destinations, Kuala Lumpur and Penang will also feature on the list of destinations where both Malaysia and Singapore will be accorded unlimited rights to operate any number of cargo services.

“Enabling our cargo carriers to transfer cargo between both countries will improve the flow of goods and provide major economic benefits to both countries,” said Choi.

This latest expansion builds on the development of the bilateral air services agreement in April this year.

In that round of talks, the agreement had been expanded to include six new routes to Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Malacca, Sandakan and Tawau.

Singapore carriers have seen an increasing number of routes being opened up this year.

In August, Singapore signed the open skies agreement with Peru and the bilateral skies agreement with Colombia and Ecuador. — Business Times Singapore

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