National University of Singapore Prof of Aviation Law Alan Khee-Jin Tan, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) there is a risk that the ASEAN single aviation market becomes “single in name” with airlines lobbying some countries such as Indonesia to stay out of the plan. Indonesia wants to open its skies “piecemeal” through bilateral air services agreement. The project “stops with third, fourth and fifth freedom rights”. According to Prof Tan a true single sky needs seventh freedom rights and not possessing this will disadvantage and “hobble” ASEAN carriers in the long run.
ASEAN single aviation market threatened
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