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COVID-19: ASEAN Aviation Policy and the Significance of Intra-regional Connectivity

Colin C. H. Law and Rungkaew Katekaew

Journal of Asian Economic Integration, 2022, vol. 4, issue 1, 1-23

Abstract: Cross-border integration is a complex process, but it could bring benefits to the nations involved in motivating trade and tourism. Air transport has been playing an important role in accelerating the integration of the economies of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The introduction of a visa-free exemption agreement in 2006 and the ratification of the semi-ASEAN open skies agreement in 2016 have stimulated intra-ASEAN travel and trade. However, since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has demolished most of the efforts when tight border controls returned and flights were suspended. The ASEAN countries were criticised for a lack of coordination over the pandemic. This article examines the ASEAN air transport policies in response to the global pandemic. The data were collected from official government documents, international databases and local media reports to identify the pattern of the air transport policy implemented by each ASEAN member. This article provides insights into the impact of intra-regional travel on the recovery and resilience of the air transport industry in the ASEAN region. JEL Classification: L91, L93, L98

Keywords: ASEAN; air transport; COVID-19; intra-regional connectivity; policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1177/26316846221075476

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