Friday, May 16, 2014

FSM and Singapore open air space to one another

FSM Secretary of TC&I Francis Itimai and Singapore Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew signing the Air Service Agreement between their respective countries
On April 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm, a historic event took place when the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Singapore signed an Air Service Agreement (ASA), enabling airlines of each country to freely fly in each other's air space.
Signing on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore is Minister of Transport’s Lui Tuck Yew and on behalf of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia is Secretary Francis Itimai, Department of Transportation, Communications & Infrastructure.
The ASA was first proposed by FSM to Singapore in February of 2013 and months ensued with negotiations between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and FSM Department of TC&I. On February 2014 the agreement finally took shape and amicably agreed to by both sides.
The signed ASA underscores both county's commitment to establish a fully liberal air service framework that will allow air carriers of both countries to react quickly to market demand when opportunities arise.
This event is part of FSM's recent endeavors in diversifying the transportation sector to widen options for transiting travelers and those interested in parts of the FSM as a destination.
The signing was witnessed by Mr. Nelperson Etse, General Manager of the Pohnpei Port Authority, and Mr. Ron Reyes, Airport Manager, Pohnpei Port Authority.
Mr. Yap Ong Heng, Director General of the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority and other officials from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport witnessed the ceremony on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore.

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