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Malaysia in transition

Singapore and Malaysia settle airspace spat

City-state to scrap new landing system while Kuala Lumpur lifts flight restrictions

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad are scheduled to meet next week.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The governments of Singapore and Malaysia said on Saturday that they have agreed to resolve an airspace dispute simmering since late last year, in a major breakthrough after months of negotiations.

The spat between the Southeast Asian neighbors erupted in December, when Malaysia criticized Singapore's plan to introduce an Instrumental Landing System -- a precision runway approach system to enable planes to land safely even in poor visibility -- for the country's little-known Seletar Airport near the Malaysian border. Kuala Lumpur claimed the flight path under the new system would affect construction on the Malaysian side.

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