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Open Skies Agreement

Romania and Zambia inks open skies deal with Singapore

Nelson Alcantara  Dec 02, 2008

Travel from Singapore to Romania and Zambia has just become a lot easier, as the three have cinched two separate Open Skies Agreements (OSAs) to allow full flexibility on air services.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the OSA between Singapore and Romania allows Singapore carriers to operate any number of passenger and cargo flights between Singapore and points in Romania, as well as beyond Romania to any other city in the world. Likewise, Romania carriers may operate any number of flights to and beyond Singapore. With this, Singapore has sealed OSAs with 16 countries in the European Union.

‚ÄúThe Singapore-Zambia OSA similarly allows both passenger and cargo carriers of Singapore and Zambia to operate any number of flights between and beyond both countries to any other city worldwide,‚ÄĚ CAAA said. ‚ÄúThis is Singapore's first OSA with an African country.‚ÄĚ

Both open skies pacts were inked during the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 24-27, 2008. The inaugural event was part of ICAO's effort to implement a "one-stop shop" platform to improve the efficiency of the bilateral negotiation process through a central meeting place where countries can conduct several bilateral air services consultations with one another.

"ICAO's efforts have provided a convenient platform to facilitate countries like Singapore in pursuing for the liberalization of air services,", said CAAA director general and CEO Lim Kim Choon said.

He added: "Such agreements would provide carriers of the respective countries with the full flexibility to respond quickly to market opportunities, as and when they arise. The successful conclusion of the two agreements is also a clear reflection of the warm bilateral ties that Singapore enjoys with Zambia and Romania, as well as our respective countries' firm commitment to promote liberalisation in the aviation industry."

With these two agreements, Singapore has concluded OSAs with more than 30 countries.

To date, Changi Airport is served by 82 scheduled airlines operating more than 4,470 weekly scheduled flights to 189 cities in 60 countries.

Romania and Zambia inks open skies deal with Singapore
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