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 15 Apr 2009

Brunei, Kuwait sign open skies agreement

Brunei’s Department of Civil Aviation signed an agreement on Sunday with the Kuwait Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which will see the opening of airspaces of the two countries as well as liberalise the air transport between them, reported local daily Brunei Times.

The agreement allows Kuwaiti air carriers to use Brunei International Airport, flying any number of flights to it and use it as a transit stop for flights to destinations beyond Brunei, according to Kuwait News Agency.

DGCA chief Fawwaz Al-Faraj said that the deal renewed an existing bilateral agreement which was previously used to regulate the air transport services between the two nations.

"The deal is part of Kuwait's open-sky policy towards the various countries which aims to link Kuwait International Airport to the network of international airports," he was quoted as saying. "It will also facilitate the movement of passengers and cargo, thus enhancing the commercial ties between the two countries."

Apart from the economic benefits, the deal is also seen as a positive step in enhancing friendly bilateral ties.

The agreement was signed ahead of the visit to Kuwait by Brunei’s King, who is expected to meet high-level Kuwaiti officials to discuss relations and issues of mutual interest.




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