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UPDATED: 08:20, April 24, 2007
Malaysian, Singaporean transport officials to meet on liberalization of air route
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Malaysian Transport Ministry officials are expected to meet their Singaporean counterparts early next month on the opening up of air routes to break the existing domination of national carriers, local media reported Monday.

The exact date is yet to be confirmed as the Malaysian side is still waiting for a reply from Singapore's Transport Ministry, an official from the Malaysian Transport Ministry said Monday.

"Tentatively, it will be at the beginning of next month, after Labor Day," the national news agency Bernama quoted the official as saying without disclosing his or her name.

Officials from the two sides will meet in Singapore to discuss opening up of the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air route which is currently dominated by the national carriers of the two countries, namely, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Budget airlines, namely, Malaysia's AirAsia and Singapore's Tiger Airways, have long expressed their interest to operate the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route and wanted it to be liberalized soon.

However, they are unable to fly the route due to the 34-year- old air services agreement between the two countries, which does not allow for new players.

Malaysian Transport Ministry Deputy Secretary-General Long See Wool will lead the delegation, said the report.

Source: Xinhua

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