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Singapore and Sri Lanka will sign an Open Skies deal on Thursday, opening up unlimited numbers of air routes to spur traffic between the countries. Singapore and Sri Lanka will sign an Open Skies deal on Thursday, opening up unlimited numbers of air routes to spur traffic between the countries.

An open skies agreement removes all restrictions on routes, also allowing airlines to fly via an intermediate destination or beyond to a third country.

“There are currently no restrictions on the number of frequencies between the countries even now, but the benefit is that it offers intermediate rights or beyond rights to a third country,” a senior official with the Civil Aviation Authority said.

The agreement is also significant because it comes ahead of a second national carrier for Sri Lanka making its entrance, expanding the routes available to fly.

SriLankan Airlines monopoly on international routes ended last year, with the Civil Aviation Authority to pick another two carriers to operate alongside SriLankan in September.

The battle for international routes, with SriLankan Airlines already filling up available frequencies on lucrat