Guyana, Singapore sign agreement to eliminate airline restrictions

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Guyana and Singapore have signed an Air Services Agreement, allowing airlines to fly any number of services between both countries, as well as beyond any third country, with no restrictions.

According to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), there will be no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing. In addition, cargo carriers will be able to base aircraft in each other’s countries and use the base as a hub for operations to any third country.

The agreement also makes provision for code-sharing where airlines of both countries can partner with other airlines to facilitate services to each other’s market, the GCAA said.

The Air Services Agreement (ASA) was signed on the sidelines of the Singapore Leadership Summit and Airshow 2018 by Singapore’s Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Mr Ng Chee Meng, and Guyana’s Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson.

Singapore’s Minister was quoted as saying the Open Skies Agreement will fully liberalise air services between Singapore and Guyana.

“This is testament to the strong bilateral relationship between Singapore and Guyana. This agreement will open up new opportunities for our carriers, enable greater movement of people and goods between the two countries, and benefit our economies and businesses,” he said.

Minister Ferguson remarked that Singapore has been a friend of Guyana and provided support for Guyana in the form of training and capacity building for the aviation and maritime sectors.

Many Guyanese, over the years, would have benefited from fellowships and scholarships offered by the Government of Singapore. Complementing the existing relationship, this agreement creates opportunities for both countries to explore deeper trade relations.

Changi Airport in Singapore is one of the busiest airports in the world facilitating the movement of some 60 million passengers annually from at least 100 countries.

The GCAA said the signature of this Air Services Agreement forms part of the Government’s thrust to develop and advance the aviation sector and is the first of 21 such agreements recently approved by the Cabinet for signature.

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