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About the ARISE Plus - Civil Aviation Project

1. Project background

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a political grouping of the 10 countries in South East Asia, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It has a combined population of approximately 625 million people, 8.8% of the world's population.

















Air travel to, from, and within the region is projected to grow at an average 6.6% annually over the next 20 years as passenger demand is stimulated by low cost carriers with low fares and new routes. The strengthening of ties within ASEAN stimulates business and leisure travel. As part of its efforts to establish the ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN is seeking to form an ASEAN Single Aviation Market.


The overall objective of the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE Plus) programme is to support greater economic integration in ASEAN through the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025 and strengthen institutional capacity. The objective of this fifth component on Civil Aviation is therefore to enhance connectivity and sectoral cooperation in Transport, including enhancement of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market.


For governments, the ASEAN Single Aviation Market and the consequent improved air travel will make a growing contribution to the economy, consequently improving tourism, trade, investment and service flows between ASEAN Member States, as well as linking regions and people.


For authorities, the advantages of the closer harmonisation that this may entail include the ability to pool resources and safety/security information; greater cost efficiency through mutual recognition and economies of scale; greater capacity to address cross-border challenges; and enhanced policy dialogue.


For airlines, the advantages include lower costs (e.g. in the training and hiring of engineers and pilots across the region), a move beyond third, fourth and fifth freedom rights, increased safety and interoperability and, in the future, seamless airspace leading to reduce fuel consumption and reduced emissions.


For citizens, the advantages therefore include lower prices, improved connectivity and safer travel.

2. Project objective

The ARISE Plus Civil Aviation project falls under the framework of the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE Plus) programme. It supports the development of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market, and in particular the enhancement of aviation safety, security and air traffic management, which are key priorities outlined under the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 adopted by the ASEAN Transport Ministers in November 2015.

The expected results of this project are:

  • Result 1: Improved regulatory capability and safety standards through use of existing initiatives and alignment with ICAO standards and recommended practices.

  • Result 2: Established mechanism to facilitate mutual recognition of approvals, certificates and licences.

  • Result 3: Strengthened capacities of individual ASEAN Member States and aligned measures with ICAO standards and recommended practices.

  • Result 4: Enhanced air traffic management efficiency and capacity through the development and implementation of an ASEAN Air Traffic Management (ATM) Master Plan with the aim of achieving a seamless ASEAN sky.

  • Result 5: Strengthened ASEAN-EU cooperation in air transport, including discussions on a possible comprehensive ASEAN-EU Agreement on Air Transport.




To know more about our activities, please see our list of future activities and past events.

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The project is funded by the European Union 

and implemented by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency

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