The European Union has launched the ARISE Plus Civil Aviation project – a new €5,000,000 project to support ASEAN in taking the Single Aviation Market (ASAM) forward and making aviation safer and affordable for passengers, airlines and regulators. The project will be implemented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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. On Wednesday 9 May, Director General Henrik Hololei, the top official for Mobility and Transport of the European Union, attended the first sub-Project Steering Committee in Phuket, Thailand.
The EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Mr Francisco Fontan, said: “Air travel to, from, and within the ASEAN region is projected to grow at an average 6.6% annually over the next 20 years. The experience that Europe has to share from developing its market will help ASEAN in addressing the challenges and opportunities that this brings.”
The ASEAN Secretariat’s Director of Sectoral Development, Mr Tran Dong Phuong: said: “As part of its support the ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN is intensifying efforts to strengthen the ASEAN Single Aviation Market. This project will help support greater economic integration in ASEAN and enhance institutional capacity, connectivity and sectoral cooperation in transport”.
The ARISE Plus Civil aviation project will run from January 2018 to December 2021 and have its project office based at the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.