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Singapore, Malaysia allow no frills services


October 7, 2008

Singapore, Malaysia allow no frills services  

Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to expand a bilateral air services agreement that will allow low cost carriers to operate between Singapore and three cities in East Malaysia, reported Singapore’s Channel News Asia.

The new agreement takes effect from November 1, when low cost carriers of both countries will be given the right to operate seven flights per week between Singapore and the Malaysian cities of Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Miri.

The frequency would be increased to 14 flights per week to each city from March next year.

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The new agreement will help to address the high demand for air travel between Singapore and East Malaysia, according a statement from Singapore’s Ministry of Transport on Monday.

The statement also said that officials from the two transport ministries have agreed to meet again during the first quarter next year to discuss further expansion of air services between the two countries.

BG (NS) Choi Shing Kwok, Permanent Secretary for the Transport Ministry, who led the Singapore delegation in the consultations, said, "This is a significant step forward for Singapore and Malaysia, coming shortly after both countries have agreed to fully liberalise the Singapore Kuala Lumpur sector from 1 December 2008 onwards."

At present, Silkair and Malaysian Airlines operate eight and 10 weekly flights respectively to Kota Kinabalu, and seven weekly flights each to Kuching.

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