Thursday, April 16, 2009

Singapore Expands Bilateral Air Services With Malaysia

Singapore and Malaysia today agreed to expand their bilateral air services agreement to include six more new destinations in Malaysia.

They are Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Melaka, Sandakan and Tawau.

Both countries also agreed to provide increased traffic rights to existing cities, namely Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

All the new traffic rights will take effect from June 1, according to Singapore Transport Ministry in a statement today.

The ministry said transport officials from the city-state and Malaysia met here today for air services consultations and agreed to expand the bilateral air services agreement between the two neighbours.

The new agreement would allow the carriers of both countries the right to operate between Changi Airport and the six destinations, the ministry said.

Singapore carriers will also have traffic rights to operate 21 weekly services to Ipoh and 14 weekly services each to Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Melaka, Sandakan and Tawau.

For existing routes, Singapore carriers will have increased traffic rights to operate a total of 70 services a week to Penang and 27 services a week to Langkawi.

Additionally, carriers of both countries are also allowed to operate an additional 14 weekly services between Singapore and each of the East Malaysian cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary Choi Shing Kwok, who led the Singapore delegation in the consultations, said the new agreement was important for both countries, as the enhanced connectivity would further boost economic and tourism linkages between the two countries.

"This is especially important in the current economic climate," he said.

Currently, Singapore carriers operate 106 weekly services to Kuala Lumpur, 18 weekly services to Penang, six weekly services to Langkawi, 17 weekly services to Kota Kinabalu and 16 weekly services to Kuching.

Source : Bernama
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