Singapore, UK sign open skies deal

Singapore and the UK have signed an open skies agreement. This will remove all restrictions on air routes and services operated by carriers of both countries.
The deal means that Singapore and British carriers can operate unlimited flights between the two countries, as well as fly onwards to other destinations.

The deal starts at the end of March next year. This comes about 20 years after Singapore first asked the UK to liberalise the aviation sector.

“This groundbreaking agreement is even more liberal than conventional OSAs, as it provides for unlimited hubbing and cabotage rights for carriers of both countries,” the government said.

“The cabotage rights allow Singapore carriers to operate like a domestic carrier in the UK and to mount any number of services between UK cities,” it said.