Saudi Arabia and Singapore sign air agreement

JEDDAH - Singapore and Saudi Arabia signed a new air agreement in Singapore on Friday which will allow any number of air services to operate between the two countries.

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Published: Sat 23 Aug 2008, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:56 AM

“The new agreement between Saudi Arabia and Singapore demonstrates the commitment of both countries towards closer aviation ties and adds a new dimension to the good bilateral relationship between Saudi Arabia and Singapore. Increased air services would encourage greater people-to-people interaction and support the growth of economic relations between the two countries,” Choi Shing Kwok, the Singapore delegation leader, and Permanent Secretary at the ministry of transport, said in a statement made available to Khaleej Times here on Friday.

With the new deal, the two airlines may operate up to 14 services between Singapore and other points in Saudi Arabia, including Jeddah and Riyadh, according to the statement from the Singapore ministry of transport.

The two airlines have also been granted Fifth Freedom traffic rights — permission to operate services between the other country and selected cities in third countries.

Under the previous agreement, the two carriers were only allowed to operate three weekly services between Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

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