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ASEAN ministers sign agreements to make travel easier

Staff Writer | October 13, 2017
The member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed multiple initiatives to strengthen transport between states at the close of the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting.
ASEAN Transport Ministers
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These included initiatives to liberalise air services in the region, improve the safety and efficiency of air travel and to facilitate the "seamless cross-border movement" of passengers, Singapore's Ministry of Transport said in a media release.

Transport ministers signed an agreement to make it easier for buses and coaches to go from one ASEAN country to another.

Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement for the Facilitation of Cross-Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles, each member state will be allowed a quota of 500 non-scheduled buses - buses that do not run fixed schedules, for example tour buses - that will enjoy "facilitated entry" or transit through member states.

Transport ministers also adopted the ASEAN Air Traffic Management Master Plan to facilitate the flow of aircraft across the region, to hopefully result in fewer delays, reduced operational costs for airlines and enhanced air traffic management.