Singapore recently concluded a new Open Skies
Agreement (OSA) with Peru and new bilateral Air Services
Agreements (ASA) with Colombia and Ecuador.
The new agreements allow carriers from
Singapore and the Latin American countries to operate scheduled
passenger and cargo flights between Singapore and their respective
The traffic rights exchanged under these new agreements
also allow carriers to tap on traffic from third countries to
improve the viability of scheduled flights.
With the air services
frameworks in place, carriers can swiftly respond to any business
opportunities that may arise, particularly in trade and
The Singapore-Peru OSA allows carriers
from both countries to operate unlimited passenger and cargo
flights between the two countries and beyond them to any city
The OSA is even more liberal than conventional OSAs, in
that it provides carriers unlimited “hubbing” rights for cargo
Singapore carriers may utilise these rights to base
their aircraft in any point in Peru and use the point as a hub for
cargo operations to third countries, without any restriction on
destination, frequency or capacity. The same applies to Peru
carriers with respect to Singapore.
Singapore-Colombia ASA, carriers of each country are allowed to
operate up to eight passenger flights and eight cargo flights
weekly. The frequencies will increase to fourteen weekly
flights each by January 2011.
The Singapore-Ecuador ASA
allows carriers from both sides to operate up to 56 weekly
passenger flights between and beyond the two countries. The ASA
also included an open skies arrangement for cargo operations,
with “hubbing” rights.
“World Trade Organization figures show
that between 2005 and 2008, trade between Latin America and
Singapore grew at an average of 30% per annum, almost twice the
average growth rate of Singapore’s global trade of 16.3% in the
same period,” said Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of the
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
He added, “With growing
trade, business and tourism flows between Singapore, and the rest
of Asia, and Latin America, it is important that such air
services frameworks are established ahead of market demand.
Besides contributing significantly to Singapore’s air
connectivity, air services between Singapore and Latin America
will also bring about new market opportunities for both sides.”
Mr Tan Tiow Kor, Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing),
Singapore Airlines Cargo, applauded the business opportunities
the agreements will bring. He said, "The Singapore Airlines
Group welcomes the conclusion of Air Services Agreements with
Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The agreements will facilitate the
planning of new freighter services by SIA Cargo to Latin
America, where there is good traffic potential. Earlier this year
SIA Cargo operated a series of ad hoc freighter services to Sao
Paulo, Quito and Bogota in Latin America. SIA Cargo will be
reviewing the feasibility of operating more services now that
there are formal frameworks in place under the new ASAs."
There are currently no direct scheduled flights between Singapore
and Latin America.
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