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ASEAN to liberalise civil aviation soon

world Updated: May 03, 2007 12:38 IST

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ASEAN will liberalise civil aviation among the 10 member countries, but the ruling to be imposed in 2008 applies only in their respective capitals, an Indonesian official says.

"With the liberalization, airliners from member countries can carry as many passengers as they can," director of civil aviation Tri Sunoko was quoted as saying on Thursday by media.

He noted that before the new ruling, airliners from Singapore could carry up to 24,000 passengers a week from Jakarta while the quota for Indonesian airliners was limited to 27,000 passengers a week from Singapore.

Sunoko says member countries, not prepared yet for the liberalization, were given time until 2015 to ratify the new ruling.

The Association for South East Asians (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.