European Commission has announced on Tuesday (6 February) that travellers from Singapore flying through Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam will no longer be subjected to security checks during transit and their checked luggage and hand-carry items will not be screened either, paving the way for less stress and hassle.
The One-Stop Security arrangement with Singapore is based on mutual recognition of security screening rules. It is the first such agreement between Europe and an Asian nation.
In a joint statement by the European Commission and Ministry of Transport (MOT) Singapore, they noted that the plan is to progressively add other airports, including London and Frankfurt, to the scheme.
The statement also said that the tie-up will improve transfer connections made by passengers at the respective airports and increase the efficiency of airline and airport operations, which will bring benefits to air travellers and business and industry stakeholders flying between Singapore and Europe.
The statement then said that partnership affirms the commitment between Singapore and the European Commission to strengthen international cooperation to enhance civil aviation security, as well as passenger, airline and airport facilitation in line with international standards.
The parties also said that it is also a good example of how to strengthen aviation security rules globally and contribute to the sustainability of air travel, as endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and develop trustworthy relations with international partners.
The parties took two years to discuss the partnership and sealed it in a deal on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow 2018 at Changi Exhibition Centre, which was signed by the Transport Ministry's permanent secretary Loh Ngai Seng and the European Commission's director-general for mobility and transport, Mr Henrik Hololei.
Mr Hololei told The Straits Times,"(The deal) strengthens international aviation security while at the same time increasing the quality of passengers' journeys, and decreasing costs for airports and airlines."
Europe also has a similar arrangement with the United States, Canada and Montenegro in South-east Europe, apart from Singapore. While, talks on the matter are ongoing with Israel and Serbia.