March 11, 2017 | 22:36 (GMT+7)
ASEAN members look to single aviation market
Air transport officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have made the best effort to build up the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM), which is seen as one of the key milestones in building the ASEAN Economic Community.
They met in the 35th ASEAN Air Transport Working Group (ATWG) meeting and related meetings held in Laos from March 6 to 10, during which they made a commitment to enhancing cooperation on air transport services, the Lao state-owned news agency KPL reported on March 10.
At the meeting, the officials focused on key decisions reached at the previous ATWG meeting held last October, particularly completing key economic and technical elements to implement the open skies policy, said Vanhpheng Chanthaphone, chair of the ATWG.
The meeting also followed up relevant development and actions from the 42nd ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting and the 22nd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting held in the Philippines in November 2016.
The tenth package of commitments on air transport services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) and documentary and procedural requirements for the development of ASEAN common standards and procedures for issuance of Scheduled Flight Permission and Over Flight Permission were also discussed at the meeting.