President Surangel Whipps Jr. is optimistic about the air service agreement inked with the Singapore government that could spark new routes between the two countries.

In a zoom press conference will the local media on Wednesday, the president said the agreement would also signal interest from the private sector which also could spur business opportunities for Palau. 

“When you sign the air services agreement, the idea is that it will now give the private sector the green light to say go ahead and fly. And their services agreement that we signed gives them open skies so they can actually fly to Palau…”

Whipps said he is also hoping that Singapore carriers like Singapore Airlines or SilkAir might look at Palau as an opportunity to hopefully increase their business and bring in tourists here.

The president said there is also a company that is planning to start an airline and wants to fly between Palau and Singapore. 

“They’re talking about possible charter as soon as December but they’re working on it. You know, Singapore is the gateway really for us to Europe, if they can open up, and also India, there’s a lot of tourism that’s coming out of India, so we want to tap into those new markets.” (Island Times)

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