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India, ASEAN nations vow to work on better connectivity in region

India and member countries of the ASEAN would be working together to forge deeper aviation ties and improve air connectivity within the region.

Leaders from the 10 ASEAN nations are in India to grace the ASEAN-India-Commemorative-Summit and partake in the Republic Day celebrations.

The linkup would go a long way towards “convening of air services consultations by the ASEAN-India Working Group on Regional Air Services Arrangements and the establishment of air transport cooperation on technical, economic, and regulatory matters between ASEAN and India.”

This was according to the Delhi Declaration of the Summit.

India and ASEAN countries are also expected to improve its air links in order to promote tourism, trade, and augment connectivity, the declaration said.

The development comes after the Asean-India Aviation Cooperation Framework which was adopted during the 14th Asean Transport Ministers’ Meeting that was held in Manila back in 2008.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged Singapore Airlines to expand its operations in India and launch flight services to cities such as Guwahati in Assam.

Vietnam is also reportedly set to start direct flight services to India.

Composing the Asean are the states of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

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