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Progress on Asean open skies good: Lui Tuck Yew

EU transport official says Europe experience positive

Published on Feb 11, 2014 8:25 AM
A Singapore Airlines plane taking off from Changi Airport. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said that progress on an open skies regime has been good. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN 

Airlines from Asean member countries still cannot fly freely within the region but progress on an open skies regime has been good, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew yesterday.

He told The Straits Times: "We don't know whether a full open skies will be achieved because that's in 2015. But certainly what we have today ... is much better than what we had five years ago."

Asean transport ministers are committed to liberalisation, added Mr Lui, who was speaking on the sidelines of a gathering of aviation executives and government officials.

"Obviously, a lot more still needs to be done before (an open skies regime) fully materialises. We are all realistic. We know some of the constraints and difficulties that some countries may be facing."

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