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Malaysia, Pakistan agree to increase air links

By NNN-Bernama

Dubai : Malaysia and Pakistan have agreed to increase air links from the existing three weekly frequencies to 14 weekly frequencies to promote trade and tourism.

The agreement was reached after two days of bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) talks in Pakistan, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted an official statement as saying.

The statement said that after thorough deliberations, the two sides agreed to expand the existing bilateral arrangements in order to promote trade, tourism and people to people contact.

To this effect a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked, which would see Malaysia commencing operations with a total of 14 weekly frequencies, seven each to Karachi and Lahore, while Pakistan will operate an equal number of frequencies to Kuala Lumpur and other points in Malaysia.

Under the MoU, the airlines of both countries are also allowed to operate an unlimited number of frequencies exclusively for cargo operations.

The statement also said that the MoU would provide tremendous opportunities to the two Muslim countries to further expand and intensify bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy and culture.

At the bilateral talks, Pakistan was led by Maj-Gen Mir Haider Ali Khan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, while the Malaysian delegation was headed by Shalbia Abdul Ghani, Principal Assistant Secretary (Air Transport), Ministry of Transport.