In an interview with Routesonline at the Paris Air Show 2019, the Director General of the European Commission for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei (pictured right) confirmed that 37 of the 38 EU and ASEAN countries involved were already in agreement. He said an open ski agreement was now a matter of “when” and not “if.” The EU and Indonesia agree on a horizontal agreement on air services [IP/09/1236, 17/08/2009] The strategy would also strengthen competition in the regional aviation market – improve efficiency and reduce costs. On the other hand, ASEAN countries may have to put in place cabotage principles that guarantee a minimum of holding domestic shares in foreign companies, and to develop and implement high standards of entry in areas such as security and security. The forth date agreement with ASEAN comes just weeks after the European Commission signed an air pact with Qatar, the first such agreement between the EU and the Gulf region. The agreement, which contains fair competition provisions, is expected to be concluded before the end of the year. Signing of an agreement between the European Union and Indonesia on the promotion of air transport [IP/11/818, 30/06/2011] On 7 June 2016, the Council authorised the Commission to open comprehensive air transport negotiations with ASEAN. The future EU-ASEAN Comprehensive Air Agreement (CATA) will be the first bulk air transport agreement and will cover market access and a wide range of areas (security, air traffic management, social protection, consumption and environment, fair competition, etc.) in which regulatory convergence should be phased in. Negotiations are currently underway. The agreement would remove existing restrictions on code-sharing agreements between airlines in the states concerned and allow them to freely assign allocation conditions on long-distance routes and on the regional and national networks of the other country. This is expected to increase “point-to-point” traffic in both ASEAN and EU countries, which will strengthen the position of airports in both regions and create additional demand that could contribute to the creation of critical mass for new routes, including the reopening of abandoned routes during the pandemic.
On 17 August 2009, the EU signed a horizontal air services agreement with Indonesia. This agreement allows any EU airline to fly between Indonesia and any EU Member State in which it is established and in which there is a bilateral agreement and traffic rights with Indonesia. It does not replace bilateral agreements, but adapts them to bring them in line with EU law. This is an important step in relation to the traditional organisation of air transport based on nationality restrictions and complements the EU`s internal external aviation market. Firstly, the agreement should improve the right to fly between countries or what the International Civil Aviation Organization calls the “5th freedom” for ASEAN and EU airlines. For example, ASEAN airlines travelling from Chiang Mai to Amsterdam with a stopover in Paris are allowed to pick up passengers and cargo for the Paris-Amsterdam route, a freedom that does not currently exist. Similarly, EU airlines can fly from Dusseldorf in Germany to Surabaya, Indonesia, with stops in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta.