Senior officials from Asean aviation and dialogue partners are in Vientiane this week attending the 35th Asean Air Transport Working Group (ATWG) meeting and its related meetings.
The March 6-10 meeting is chaired by Vanhpheng Chanthaphone, director-general of the Civil Aviation Department under the Laotian Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
A key goal of these officials is to build up the comprehensive Asean Single Aviation Market (ASAM).
“The Asean Single Aviation Market is one of the key milestones in achieving the Asean Economic Community, and besides this, we all have been facing some positive and negative challenges,” Vanhpheng said. “We are all gathering here again to ... contribute our commitment to realising our vision and targets.”
During the meeting, officials are expected to focus on the key decisions achieved at the previous ATWG meeting held last October, particularly in completing key ASAM economic and technical elements for implementing the open-skies policy with more liberal and mutually beneficial air-transport agreements.
These include the Third, Fourth and Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights among Asean member states and with dialogue partners, and their instruments’ ratification.
Besides this, officials will follow up the relevant developments and actions from the 42nd Asean Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) and the 22nd Asean Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting held from November 14-17, 2016, in the Philippines.
“In this regard, I do think that we all are here to ... push our specific goals, actions and milestones of the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 by completing the ATWG’s Work Plan 2016-2017 for both Asean air transport and economic and technical cooperation,” Vanhpheng said.
In addition, the conclusion of the 10 packages of commitments on air-transport services under AFAS and the documentary and procedural requirements of the development of Asean common standards and procedures for the issuance of scheduled flight permission and overflight permission will be also discussed and finalised during this week’s meeting.
“I do hope that together we will complete our specific goals, actions and milestones in the near future,” Vanhpheng said.