Honiara : 20 June 2017
On the 9th June 2017, a Solomon Islands Delegation met with their Taiwan counterparts led by the Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communication Hon. Ho Chen, Tan and his officials witnessed thereafter the signing of the first Air Service Agreement (ASA) between Solomon Islands and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The signed agreement is the second ASA to be signed with an Asian country and within the Asia-Pacific region that boasts strong growth in aircraft purchases and growing passenger numbers in the aviation sector. The agreement will foster more opportunities amongst signatories with tremendous advantages and far reaching benefits to the two countries’ economies.
Under the Solomon Islands Government policy implementation, Solomon Islands will review ASAs with Fiji and Papua New Guinea and will sign new ASAs with Emirates, Turkey, Indonesia and currently placing requests through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade to explore possible ASAs with USA and Canada later in the year with emphases on reciprocity and fairness in all our Air Services Agreements.
These ASA and agreements between countries will allow Solomon Islands own national carrier to expand its network with more code-share agreements and direct flights when opportunity allows, thereby offering more options and connectivity and overall benefits for Solomon islanders and the economy.
The Asian region is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and such bilateral agreements will no doubt have spin-offs with tourism, trade and business activities enhanced by better global connections and at the same time boost Solomon Islands economy.
Source: Solomon Islands Government Press Release.