ASEAN with its ten members successfully signed the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement with the EU last week.
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) have signed the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (AE CATA) after eight rounds of negotiations lasting nearly five years. With the consensus of the representative of ASEAN countries, Singapore, and the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU, the AE CATA is recognized as the world’s first regional aviation agreement.
This new aviation agreement between ASEAN and the EU will allow airlines in both regions to fly unlimitedly to one another. At the same time, airlines can also deploy up to 14 air services, both commercial flights and cargo flights, per week when flying to any third country.
This also means that the ten ASEAN countries, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, will benefit as more direct competitive services will be established linking aviation hubs in Europe with ASEAN capital cities that will ultimately boost leisure and business travel.
In a statement after signing the Transport Agreement, Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said that the air corridor between ASEAN and Europe will strengthen connectivity and create favorable conditions for people of the two sides to travel and resume flights. business activities to support economic growth.
The two sides also pledged to work towards recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and liberalization of aviation services, including cooperation on aviation safety, air traffic management, consumer protection, as well as other aspects of aviation safety. environmental and social issues.
Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S. Iswaran called the successful conclusion of the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement “a historic achievement and a milestone in our bilateral ties.”
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) also welcomed the conclusion of negotiations, mentioned that this important development came at a critical moment for airlines from both regions, paving the way for increasing air connectivity across nearly 40 countries.