Philippine-Spain Air deal
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Spain agreed to make 28
direct flights available for their respective airlines to serve weekly,
as representatives of both countries wrapped up bilateral air services
negotiations in Madrid recently.
The two parties allocated daily flight entitlements from Manila to Madrid and Barcelona, and vice versa.
Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport got 14 weekly flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona.
points in the Philippines, except Manila and Clark, were allocated
daily flights to and from other points in Spain, except Madrid and
Manila was granted rights to service 200 tons of
cargo per week while Clark got 300 tons per week. Both points of origin
were allowed daily cargo flights to and from Spain. “The original
agreement was signed in 1951 without frequencies,” Civil Aeronautics
Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla, who is a member of the
Philippine air panel, said.
Currently, there are indirect
flights from Madrid and Barcelona to the Philippines and back. The
routes are served by Asian airlines such as Singapore Airlines and a
number of Middle Eastern carriers such as Qatar Airways.
aviation officials have not disclosed whether any airline, including
flag carrier Philippine Airlines and Spain’s Iberia, expressed interest
in serving the direct flight entitlements agreed upon.
This is the eighth air services deal entered into by the Philippines this year.
Philippines has completed aviation talks with Qatar and United Arab
Emirates in January, Kuwait and Bahrain in February, and Brunei and
Australia in March, and Singapore earlier this month.
The International Air Transport Association has projected that world travel may decline by 3 percent in 2009.
Philippines’ transport department views air deals as part of
preparations for the eventual recovery of the global economy and the
resurgence in air travel.
Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza said having more air service agreements would be good for the country.
Riza T. Olchondra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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