Philippines, Singapore Sign New Air Agreement

THE PHILIPPINES and Singapore on Friday signed an amended air services agreement, increasing weekly seats to 18,888, opening up more commercial opportunities for both countries’ airline industries, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said on Monday.

 CAB Executive Director Carmelo L. Arcilla said in a text message that the Philippine aviation regulator and its counterpart from Singapore held air talks last Friday, resulting in an expanded air services agreement.

“The Philippines and Singapore signed on Friday a new memorandum of understanding on air services, increasing the current capacity entitlements between Manila and Singapore to 18,888 seats per week from 17,627 for each country,” he added.According to Mr. Arcilla, Iloilo and Bacolod were added as co-terminal points for Singapore carriers, in addition to Cebu, Davao and Puerto Princesa.

This “means that Singaporean carriers can fly to Cebu for example and then proceed to Davao. Both countries also agreed to increase the limit on the frequencies for 5th freedom (rights), to 10 weekly from 8. This means that a Singapore carrier for example can operate a route that starts from Singapore to Manila and proceeds to Osaka, 10 times a week,” he said.

The Philippines and Singapore, Mr. Arcilla said, also agreed on 3rd-country code sharing, allowing airlines “to collaborate with those from third countries in marketing services.”The Philippines said it is set to sign new air service agreements with Oman, Taiwan and Australia in the near term.

The government plans to triple tourist arrivals to 10 million by 2016 from about three million in 2010.

This year, the Philippines, has so far, concluded air talks with Ethiopia, South Africa, Macau, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore and France.

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

Source: Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz, BusinessWorldOnline

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