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The way forward must be integration, not fragmentation

In 1947, when the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) was set up as a United Nations arm to oversee commercial flights, one of the first things it did was to divide up the sky.

Safety was the priority, and the objective was to ensure that the moment a plane took off anywhere in the world, it would be closely watched and guided until it landed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2018, with the headline 'The way forward must be integration, not fragmentation'. Print Edition | Subscribe