PHL, Spain ink agree­ment to pave way for di­rect flights

Business World - - CORPORATE NEWS - Denise A. Valdez

THE De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) said the Philip­pines has inked an agree­ment with Spain to im­prove air con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the two coun­tries. In an e- mail in­ter­view with

Busi­ness­World on Thurs­day, the Philip­pine Em­bassy in Madrid said the agree­ment is meant to grant di­rect flights link­ing the Philip­pines and Spain.

“Once pri­vate air­lines such as PAL de­cide to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity, we ex­pect this to boost trade, tourism, and peo­ple- to- peo­ple con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the Philip­pines and Spain,” it added.

In a state­ment on Wednes­day, DFA said the air trans­port agree­ment signed on June 12 in Madrid in­tends to cre­ate “fair and equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for both coun­tries” with the pro­mo­tion of an “in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion sys­tem.”

“The sign­ing comes at a time when cur­rent pos­i­tive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments in the Philip­pines and Spain could open count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for the two coun­tries, es­pe­cially in the field of tourism and trade,” it said.

The two coun­tries said they are pos­i­tive the air trans­port agree­ment would help foster a healthy en­vi­ron­ment for Filipinos and Spa­niards trav­el­ing from the Philip­pines and Spain. —

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