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Singapore weighs air hub reopening as Malaysia charges ahead

City-state plows millions into restoring aviation but remains cautious about border

A Singapore Airlines plane at the Singapore Airshow in February: The city-state this week announced a package worth 500 million Singapore dollars to support its aviation sector.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore is cautiously weighing when to reopen its borders in a bigger way amid a COVID-19 wave, even as it earmarks millions to revive its air hub status and closest neighbor Malaysia prepares to throw open its doors in less than a month.

The city-state this week announced a package worth 500 million Singapore dollars ($368 million) to support its aviation sector, but stopped short of stating when it would follow its Southeast Asian peers in casting off restraints on international travel.

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