PHL signs air ser­vices agree­ment with Mal­dives

Business World - - THE ECONOMY - — Pa­trizia Paola C. Marcelo

THE Philip­pines and the Mal­dives have signed an air ser­vices agree­ment, pav­ing the way for the launch of di­rect flights be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DoTr) and the Civil Aero­nau­tics Board said in a state­ment that the two coun­tries con­cluded the agree­ment on April 17, af­ter ne­go­tia­tors met in Manila on April 16-17 to draft the agree­ment.

The agree­ment al­lows for an ini­tial en­ti­tle­ment of 1,200 seats weekly for each coun­try’s des­ig­nated air­lines be­tween Manila and the Mal­dives.

Flights orig­i­nat­ing from or go­ing to lo­ca­tions out­side Manila will be un­lim­ited, in line with the gov­ern­ment pol­icy of pro­mot­ing other gate­ways in the Philip­pines.

DoTr Un­der­sec­re­tary for Avi­a­tion Manuel An­to­nio L. Ta­mayo said in a text mes­sage that ne­go­ti­a­tions on the al­lo­ca­tion of seats will fol­low.

The Philip­pine air panel was led by the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the DoTr, CAB, Depart­ment of Tourism, Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try, and the Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment as mem­bers.

The Mal­dives del­e­ga­tion was com­posed of se­nior of­fi­cials of the Mal­dives Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity.

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