CAB slates talks with 7 coun­tries

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - By LOUELLA DESIDERIO

The Civil Aero­nau­tics Board (CAB) is plan­ning to hold air talks with seven coun­tries this year.

CAB ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Carmelo Ar­cilla said in a tele­phone in­ter­view the coun­try has re­quested to hold air talks with In­dia, Hong Kong, Ja­pan, Pa­pua New Guinea, Canada and Aus­tralia, while it has re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion from Mal­dives.

“We have made re­quests but none has so far, con­firmed a date for the talks,” he said.

The Philip­pines is look­ing to hold air talks with the six coun­tries due to the in­ter­est of lo­cal car­ri­ers to strengthen their pres­ence in those ter­ri­to­ries by ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions.

Ar­cilla said Ja­pan has sig­ni­fied its in­ter­est to hold air talks with the Philip­pines but the two par­ties were un­able to set a date.

Apart from the six, Ar­cilla said the coun­try would also want to hold air talks with Mal­dives.

“The tar­get is to have the air talks (with Mal­dives) in April, but there is no date yet,” he said.

The last air talks con­ducted by the Philip­pines was with South Korea in Novem­ber last year.

Dur­ing the air talks, the Philip­pines and South Korea signed a new air ser­vices agree­ment which gives each coun­try 20,000 seats per week be­tween Manila and all in­ter­na­tional air­ports in South Korea.

Un­der the new agree­ment, all air­lines of the Philip­pines au­tho­rized to op­er­ate be­tween Manila and all in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Korea can uti­lize a com­bined to­tal of 20,000 seats per week.

The same num­ber of 20,000 seats per week is like­wise avail­able for all the Korean car­ri­ers au­tho­rized to op­er­ate be­tween Manila and all in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Korea.

It also pro­vides un­lim­ited traf­fic rights for the au­tho­rized air­lines of both coun­tries be­tween all in­ter­na­tional air­ports in the Philip­pines out­side Manila and all in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Korea.

South Korea has con­sis­tently been the coun­try’s top source of for­eign tourists.

Last year, 1.6 mil­lion South Korean tourists vis­ited the Philip­pines.

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