BIMP-EAGA Air Transport Liberalisation
On April 2007, 4th BIMP-EAGA Transport, Infrastructure and ICT Development Cluster Meeting, the EAGA working group on air linkages agreed to grant fifth freedom traffic rights (FFTR) to all passenger and cargo services in the airports of Manado and Tarakan in Indonesia, Labuan and Miri in Malaysia, Puerto Princesa and General Santos in the Philippines.
These are the new FFTR designated points in BIMP-EAGA in addition to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei Darussalam, Balikpapan and Pontianak in Indonesia, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Malaysia, as well as Davao City and Zamboanga City in the Philippines.
Implementation of the Fifth Freedom Traffic rights have been targeted in the
- Bandar Seri Begawan-Kota Kinabalu-Davao City,
- Bandar Seri Begawan-Kuching-Pontianak,
- Bandar Seri Begawan-Kota Kinabalu, and
- Bandar Seri Begawan-Kuching
air routes as a result of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Expansion of Air Linkages in BIMP-EAGA during the 3rd BIMP-EAGA Summit recently held in Cebu City on 12 January 2007. As part of the road map, full liberalisation of FFTR in BIMP-EAGA are scheduled by December 2008.
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