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Thailand drops quotas on flights to Cambodia
Thailand has dropped its seat quota on commercial flights to Cambodia after its government approved the removal of the restrictions in accordance with an aviation agreement between the two countries signed in May. The approval comes months after Cambodia did the same, liberalising air travel between the two countries.
“We’ve both agreed to remove the quotas on flights and our airlines can fly without limits,” Vann Chanty, director of Air Transport at the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA), said yesterday.
Previously, the two countries had limited air traffic and tourism growth by imposing quotas on both the total number of flights and seats on commercial passenger flights between the two countries.
Chanty said Cambodia scrapped its quota of 5,300 seats per week at the start of the year, but had to wait for Thailand to reciprocate. Thai aviation officials agreed in principle during a meeting with their Cambodian counterparts on May 18.
The Thai Cabinet signed off on the decision on Tuesday, according to the Bangkok Post.“The announcement by the Thai side might just be an official one aimed at informing its air carriers in order to promote more flights to Cambodia,” Chanty said.
The lifting of bilateral flight and seat limits aims at promoting tourism and investment, and ensuring fair competition in the market, he added.
During the May meeting, the two countries also agreed to permit airlines from each side to use the other’s airports as a stopover before continuing on to two selected destinations.
“We’ve chosen South Korea as one of our two destinations, but we haven’t decided which airline [will fly the route], or the other destination.”
Thailand has yet to announce any destinations.--The Phnom Penh Post
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Indonesia to launch 13th economic package this month
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the government would release its 13th economic policy package in August, adding that the draft had been completed.
Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.