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Liberal Aviation Policy

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Our open skies policy has helped Singapore grow as a key air hub in the Asia-Pacific region. This policy is based on our fundamental belief in free and open competition in Singapore's aviation sector.

We strive to provide an extensive and liberal framework for more air services and city links to Singapore, as this facilitates growth in trade, investment and tourism flow between Singapore and other countries. It also provides greater choice and convenience for Singaporeans and visitors to Singapore.

Bilateral Agreements

We adopt a mutually beneficial approach in negotiating bilateral Air Services Agreements (ASAs) with other countries. Singapore has concluded air services agreements with more than 140 countries and territories.

These agreements include more than 70 Open Skies Agreements (OSAs). OSAs allow carriers to operate any number of flights between and beyond both signatory states, enabling them to tap traffic from third countries to improve the commercial viability of scheduled flights.

Multilateral Agreements

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Singapore is a party to the Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT), a landmark multilateral Open Skies Agreement to liberalise international air transport. Signed on 1 May 2001, this historic agreement marked the first multilateral OSA among countries from different geographical regions.

ASEAN

We collaborate with other ASEAN Member States to fully liberalise air services within the region. We are a party to the following agreements within ASEAN:

  • Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services (MAFLAFS)
    MAFLAFS allows for unlimited air cargo services within ASEAN.
  • Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS)
    MAAS provides for unlimited air passenger services among ASEAN capital cities. Both MAAS and MAFLAFS implement ASEAN’s Roadmap for Integration of Air Travel Sector (RIATS), which was concluded in November 2008.
  • Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Passenger Air Services (MAFLPAS)
    MAFLPAS and its Protocols 1 and 2 give unlimited air passenger services among ASEAN cities.  MAFLPAS was signed in November 2010.

Taken together, the above three Multilateral Agreements provide intra-ASEAN Open Skies for ASEAN Member States that have ratified the agreements. These agreements also represent the aviation sector’s contribution to the region’s vision of an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.

Other Strategic Partners

Singapore actively participates in ASEAN’s efforts to establish liberal air services arrangements with the region’s strategic Dialogue Partners.

To this end, ASEAN concluded the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement (AC-ATA) in November 2010, which provides for unlimited air passenger and cargo services between ASEAN Member States and China.

ASEAN is working with China to further liberalise the AC-ATA and also with other dialogue partners to conclude similar air transport agreements. Such liberal arrangements boost the region’s air connectivity and open new vistas of economic growth for Singapore and ultimately all of ASEAN.