|ASEAN and the EU sign the world’s first bloc-to-bloc air transport agreement in Bali, Indonesia, on October 17, 2022. (Photo: ASEAN)
The agreement provides greater opportunities for airlines of ASEAN and the EU to operate passenger and cargo services between and beyond both regions, which will help bolster the recovery of air connectivity following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agreement promises an increased number of passenger flights and more destinations for travel between ASEAN and the EU and will boost the aviation sector’s post-COVID-19 recovery, and promote business, trade, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges.
Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, who chaired the 28th ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting in Bali on Monday, said the agreement will revitalize the global economy.
The next ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Laos next year.