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First steps to relax COVID-19 measures for air travel

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) take first steps to relax COVID-19 measures for air travel. They issued an update to the health safety measures for air travel, dropping the recommendation for mandatory wearing of medical masks in airports and on board a flight, while noting that a face mask is still one of the best protections against the transmission of COVID-19.


Find more information on the EASA website and here the Update of the joint Aviation Health Safety Protocol.

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New EASA representative in Singapore to further strengthen partnership in the region

David Waller has been appointed as the new Representative of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Singapore to further strengthen the partnership between the European Union (EU) and civil aviation stakeholders in South East Asia, the Pacific and Australasia.


David’s objective is to support the EU’s partnership with both civil aviation authorities and the aviation industry in these regions. As well as supporting the EU in its outreach to regional stakeholders, he is similarly there to help regional stakeholders’ connect with the EU.


In particular his work will support the three EU-funded technical cooperation projects being implemented in South East Asia: the ARISE Plus Civil Aviation Project which supports ASEAN, the EU-South East Asia Aviation Partnership Project which supports safety and institutional relations, and the EU-SEA CCCA CORSIA project which mitigates the climate change impact of civil aviation.


David is located at the EASA Singapore Office, which is based at the EU delegation to Singapore, and which builds on the well-established partnership between EASA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).


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Subtitle: The newly appointed EASA Representative for Singapore, David Waller (centre) and his colleagues Luigi Preti, Maintenance Organisation Approval Expert / EASA International Officer in Singapore (left) and Marisa Dharudyo, Assistant (right).

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.

The ARISE Plus Civil Aviation Project detailed work plan for 2018 is attached for your convenience after being agreed with the ASEAN Secretariat and endorsed by the EU Delegation to Thailand

Bangkok, 26 February 2019: Thailand and the European Union celebrated closer ties with the unveiling of a new European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) office hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and Mr Giuseppe Busini, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, cut the ribbon to open the office.

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