Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA, and Loh Ngai Seng, Singapore permanent secretary of transport, open the new EASA regional office in Singapore. Photo courtesy of EASA
EASA’s regional office in Singapore is officially open. The European regulator said this is its fourth regional office; others are in Washington, D.C., Montreal and Beijing.
“We [have] cooperate[d] with CAAS on concrete aviation projects since 2012. We now go a step further,” said Patrick Ky, EASA’s executive director. “The opening of EASA’s regional office in Singapore underlines the importance of Singapore and the entire ASEAN region as a strong partner for EASA and for the European aviation industry as a whole.”
Singapore and the South-East Asia region are “key actors” in global aviation and “key partners” for Europe, according to EASA. Europe has manufacturing, training, and maintenance, repair and overhaul activities in that region. Support from those authorities is crucial to operations.
“I am very pleased to see that on the day we launch the first ever EU-ASEAN Transport Dialogue, we also open the EASA office in Singapore to work with the whole ASEAN block,” said Henrik Hololei, director general for mobility and transport at the European Commission. “This is a clear sign of our commitment to the region and further deepens our very good and close cooperation. No doubt this will further strengthen our well-established relations with our Singaporean partners and friends. It is also a recognition of the strategic importance of Singapore and our special bilateral relations.”