Taiwan, Germany sign air transport agreement
Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Taiwan and Germany signed an air transport agreement on Thursday, allowing more weekly passenger and cargo flights between the two countries, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC).
In a press statement issued that day, MOTC said the agreement was signed by Taiwan's representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) and German's top envoy in Taiwan Thomas Prinz, in Berlin and Taipei, respectively.
The signing ceremony was held virtually, MOTC said.
According to MOTC, the new agreement, which replaces an agreement signed in 2001, increases the maximum number of passenger flights between Taiwan and Germany from seven to 11 per week.
Cargo flights are increased from three to five with fifth freedom flight rights, MOTC said.
Fifth freedom flight rights allow an airline to carry revenue traffic from one's own country to a second country, and from that country onward to a third country.
The agreement also include articles regarding operating permits, aviation safety and security, fair competition, air fares and business opportunities, making the deal more comprehensive than its predecessor, MOTC said.
The expansion in allowable flights per week is expected to boost the momentum of recovery in the aviation sector between the two countries in the post-pandemic era, it added.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a separate statement that the country's Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) witnessed the signing ceremony online.
Steffen Bilger, parliamentary state secretary to Germany's Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, delivered a congratulatory message via a pre-recorded video, MOFA said.
The ministry said relations between Taiwan and Germany continue to deepen with deals on science and technology, energy transition, small and medium-sized enterprise innovation, exchange of driving licenses, and transitional justice having been signed since 2016.
The latest agreement will further facilitate the movement of people and the flow of goods between Taiwan and Germany, MOFA said.
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