ASEAN seeks better air connectivity with India

Southeast Asia is seeking greater air linkages with India to boost tourism and trade and bring the two regions closer together.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for clinching the ASEAN-India Air Transport Agreement that includes passenger services as India is one of the top 10 sources of tourists in the ASEAN region.

During the ASEAN-India Summit in Brunei capital Bandar Seri Begawan last week, Lee said a comprehensive air transport agreement was needed to expand tourism and trade between ASEAN and India. With more flights to more destinations, business people will travel more, and so will tourists. As passenger traffic goes up, business will increase and investments will follow, he said.

The country’s Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has said such an agreement would increase business opportunities for India and Southeast Asia. “If there is better air connectivity, a lot more can be done,” Shanmugam said during a visit to India in July.

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