Asean Open Skies takes a positive step forward

Courtesy The Bangkok Post

Courtesy The Bangkok Post

At last a positive step for Asean Open Skies as member nations ratified the agreement to allow their airlines to fly freely from their home countries to any city within the bloc. The umbrella pact was to have been implemented last year.

However, the deal is conditional on Indonesia restricting access to only five airports in Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, North Sumatra and South Sulawesi. This is understandable since Indonesia, being the largest Asean member country, sees itself giving away more than receiving.

The main beneficiaries are likely to be budget carriers for the short hops. Secondary airports may also experience traffic growth with more direct connections. These, not excluding the major hubs, may however be constrained by capacity.

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