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Aviation Industry
July 16, 2007

ASEAN open sky policy could start earlier
Malaysia does not rule out the possibility of bringing forward the Asean Open Sky Policy from its original schedule of Jan 1, 2009 for several routes following requests from a couple of low cost airlines, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said July 16.

"We are prepared to look at it, as it is not a total liberalisation of the Asean aviation route map.

"However, we need to talk to many parties because we cannot make a unilateral decision. It is a bilateral issue," he told reporters at the official launch of AirAsia Bhd's Kuala Lumpur-Shenzen flight in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said: "We have never asked for the open sky policy between Singapore and Malaysia to be brought forward. But we are only asking for two flights into Singapore a day."

Analysts are reported to have estimated that if AirAsia is accorded two flights a day to Singapore, this will boost its bottom line by some RM18 million. Bernama

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