Under the agreement, the airlines of Singapore and the Cook Islands will be able to fly any number of services between both countries with no restrictions on capacity or aircraft type, as well as beyond to any third country.
In addition, cargo carriers will be able to base their aircraft in each other’s countries and use them as a hub for operations to third countries.
The agreement was signed in Singapore by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Cook Islands’ Prime Minister and Minister for Transport Henry Puna.
Khaw said, “The conclusion of this Open Skies Agreement reflects the warm bilateral ties between Singapore and the Cook Islands. Such a fully liberal air services framework will allow carriers from both countries maximum flexibility to respond to market opportunities.”
The Cook Islands is a self-governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean with close ties to New Zealand. The country’s main population centers are on the island of Rarotonga, where there is an international airport.
Singapore has concluded air services agreements with more than 140 states and territories, of which over 60 are open skies agreements, said the transport ministry.