Staff Reporter

Bhutan signed the Air Service Agreement (ASA) with the Government of the State of Kuwait in Kuwait on January 9. Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport secretary Phuntsho Tobgay and Kuwait’s Acting Director General of Civil Aviation Eng. Emad Faleh Al-Jelwi signed the agreement aimed at bolstering bilateral relations and connectivity between the two nations.

The newly signed ASA is poised to facilitate air transportation and establish a legal framework for flight operations connecting Bhutan and Kuwait. The agreement represents a significant stride in advancing air connectivity between the two countries, with anticipated positive impacts on tourism, trade, and interpersonal relationships, a press release from the MoIT stated. It marks a noteworthy development for the aviation industry, enabling the exercise of the fifth freedom right, thereby allowing airlines of both nations to conduct longer distance air service operations.

The signing of this agreement reflects the growing importance of aviation as a catalyst for strengthening global ties and fostering cooperation. Bhutan and the State of Kuwait are eager to leverage this opportunity to further mutual interests and deepen the bonds of friendship between the two nations.

With the recent signing, Bhutan has now entered into air service agreements with nine countries.