Philippines to negotiate for more flights to Canada, Taiwan, Russia, Korea

19-Mar-2014 Intellasia | Interaksyon | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Philippines plans to hold air talks with Canada, Taiwan, Russia and South Korea this year, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

Carmelo Arcilla, executive director of CAB, said air talks with Canada is set on May 26-27 in Manila.

“The Canadian market is not thick enough to sustain direct services, but the air service is not only the direct service that you look at. There’s opportunities to enhance to better probability of the route being developed,” Arcilla said.

At present, Philippine Airlines (PAL) flies daily to Vancouver and three times a week to Toronto via Vancouver. Eighty thousand Filipinos work in Vancouver alone.

Arcilla said the Philippines will also hold air talks with Taiwan, South Korea and Russia. Negotiations between the Philippine and Malaysian air panels had been scheduled on April 3-4.

The Philippine Air Services Negotiating Panel is composed of officials from the CAB, Departments of Transportation and Communications, of Foreign Affairs, and of Tourism, as well as from the Clark International Airport Corp and representatives of local airlines.

The Philippine air panel last week amended its air service agreement with New Zealand, hiking the weekly flights to 21 for both sides from the current three a week. The new agreement with New Zealand came on the heels of last month’s signing of a new accord between the Philippines and Singapore.

Earlier, the Philippines and Italy amended their air agreement, raising flight entitlements to 14 from only one under the 1969 accord.

The Aquino administration is pursuing air talks as part of its open skies policy. Under Executive Order No. 29, airports other than the Ninoy Aquino International Airport would be opened to more foreign traffic.

The government aims to generate six million tourists, three million jobs and $4.6 billion in tourism revenues by 2016, allowing the sector to contribute 6.35 percent to gross domestic product.

In 2013, the Philippine air panel concluded air negotiations with Macau, Brazil, Israel and Japan.


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