Signing of Air Service Agreement between Iceland and Hong Kong SAR
Iceland and Hong Kong SAR signed the Air Service Agreement in Reykjavik on August 9th. In the absence of Mr. Halldor Asgrimsson Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Siv Fridleifsdottir Minister for the Environment signed the agreement on behalf of Iceland and Mr. Stephen Ip, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, signed on behalf of Hong Kong SAR.
The agreement with Hong Kong has been very aspired by the Icelandic government as Hong Kong SAR is the second most important centre of air aviation in Asia. The new agreement authorizes airlines from both countries to engage in regular scheduled flights with passengers and their baggage, cargo and mail between the countries. Furthermore it authorizes the right to fly across its area without landing and the right to make stopovers in its area for none traffic purpose in a limited measures.
The signing of the agreements is a segment in the Icelandic government project to lay the ground for Icelandic airlines all around the world, as their contribution is important to the economic and commercial life of Iceland.
The ASA agreement with China was signed in April of last year and with Macao in July this year. At the moment the Embassy of Iceland together with the Icelandic Foreign Ministry is working on similar agreement with South-Korea, Mongolia and New Zealand.
Stephen Ip and Siv Fridleifsdottir sign the Air