The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has officially opened a regional office in Singapore to strengthen its partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

Singapore is the fourth EASA regional office after Washington, US; Montreal, Canada; and Beijing, China. The office will be composed of two permanent staff members and will be competent for the whole South-East Asia region.

EASA says Singapore and South-East Asia have become key actors on the global aviation scene and key partners for Europe. The European aviation industry has significant manufacturing, training, maintenance, repair and overhaul activities based in the region and needs support from the authorities to facilitate business opportunities.

Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, declared, “We have cooperated with CAAS on concrete aviation projects since 2012. We now go a step further. 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.”

“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,” stated 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. We have had shared successes in the past, and I look forward to much more shared success in the future.”