Singapore’s Transport Ministry announced the decision on its website yesterday to enable AirAsia and Singapore’s Tiger Airways to ply the route.
“This is a positive development in our aviation relations as low-cost carriers will operate on this sector for the first time,” the ministry said in its statement.
Officials from Singapore and Malaysia met for air services consultations in Singapore on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the matter.
“This was a follow-up to the discussions between Singapore’s Transport Minister Raymond Lim and his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy on the sidelines of the 13th Asean Transport Ministers Meeting,” the ministry said.
Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to fully liberalise access on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur sector from Dec 1, 2008.
This will also enable carriers from both countries to operate unlimited number of flights between the two destinations, the ministry said.
“It will bring both countries closer to Asean’s goal to remove all restrictions on passenger flights between Asean capitals by December 2008,” it added.
According to the ministry, transport officials from both countries have agreed to meet again in January 2008 to discuss the further expansion of air services between Singapore and Malaysia.
Source : STAR
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