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Philippines and South Korea finalize new air pact

The Philippines and South Korea have agreed to increase the number of flights that are operating between the two nations in order to cater to the robust demand.

Civil Aeronautics Board Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla remarked that a delegation from the Philippines recently flew to Seoul for the latest round of negotiations.

The agreement was to expand air traffic entitlements between Manila and all international airports in Korea to 20,000 seats a week for each country, a rise from the previous allocation of 13,500 seats.

Arcilla said this pact meant that all airlines of the Philippines that are permitted to operate between Manila and all international airports in Korea could utilize a combined total of 20,000 seats a week.

The same number of 20,000 seats a week was also available for all the Korean carriers that are allowed to operate between Manila and all international airports in Korea.

Moreover, the agreement endorsed limitless traffic rights for the authorized airlines of both countries between all international airports in the Philippines “outside Manila and all international airports in Korea.”

“The expanded air traffic rights in Manila is intended to address the increased demand for air services between Manila and Korea,” said Arcilla.

“The unlimited air traffic rights outside Manila is in line with the Philippine

government’s policy to develop airports outside Manila and spur the economic development of new tourism, trade and economic centers outside Manila,” he added.

There are eight existing Korean airlines and five Philippine air carriers that are operating between the two states.

South Korea has been the biggest source of foreign visitors to the Philippines.

According to data from the Department of Tourism, Korea was the country’s top source of arrivals and has amassed 686,630 Korean visitors from January to May 2017 with a market share of almost 24%.

 

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