Kathmandu : Nepal and Cambodia signed the first bilateral air service agreement (ASA), allowing 14 weekly flights in both the countries.
Nepal’s Minister for Culture , Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Mao Havanall, Minister in charge of the Secretariat of Civil Aviation of Cambodia signed the agreement here today.
Visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Nepal’s PM witnessed the signing ceremony.
The agreement makes provision for code-sharing, including third-country code share, where airlines of both countries can partner with other airlines to facilitate services to each other’s market.
According to Sin Chanserey Vutha, spokesman for the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) of Cambodia , the ASA with Nepal is one of several agreements that Prime Minister Hun Sen will sign during his official visit to the South Asian country.
The ASA will be the first agreement in the aviation sector that Nepal and Cambodia enter, Mr Vutha said. He explained that it allows airlines from both countries to establish routes connecting Cambodia and Nepal, as well as operate flights between cities inside each country, as reported by Khmer Times.“This agreement paves the way to enhance connectivity between two countries.”
Cambodia has signed ASA agreements with more than 40 countries around the world, while Asean has signed similar agreements with China, the Europe Union, South Korea, India and Japan, among others.
Nepal has signed ASAs with 39 countries so far with Cambodia being the latest signatories.
More than 54,800 tourists from South Asia visited Cambodia during January - September this year . India, with 44, 220 visitors, topped the list of tourists by nationality, followed by Sri Lanka (2,624 visitors), Pakistan (2,460), Bangladesh (2,157) and Nepal (2,135) according to Cambodian Ministry of Tourism.
Image : Nepal’s Minister Rabindra Adhikari (right) and Mao Havanall, Minister in charge of the Secretariat of Civil Aviation of Cambodia (left), sign the agreement in the presence of Prime Minister KP Oli and Cambodian PM Hun Sen in Kathmandu. /MoCTCA/RSS