Thursday, December 17, 2009

RP, Oman sign air accord

The Philippines and Oman have agreed to increase the flights between the two countries to serve the rising number of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East.

Camilo Arcilla, executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), said there would now be four Manila-Oman flights per week, seven Clark-Oman weekly flights, four Cebu-Oman flights and four Davao-Oman flights per week.

Under the existing air service agreement (ASA), the Philippines is entitled to fly once a week from Manila to Oman and Cebu to Oman.

Arcilla said these existing flight entitlements have not been used by any airline carriers from both countries, but Oman Air has already signified its interest in doing so.

Next year, the country’s air panel may be going back to the negotiating table with 10 countries for similar agreements, CAB said.

The Philippine air panel is composed of officials from the Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, CAB, and representatives from the airline companies.

Earlier, the Philippines concluded an ASA with Cambodia as the two countries both agreed to a total of 35 weekly flights, or seven flights per week on Manila-Cambodia route, 14-weekly flights on Clark-Cambodia, 14 flights per week on points in the Philippines except Manila and Clark.

In addition, the Philippine air panel and its counterpart in the United Kingdom have agreed to a total of 14 weekly flights to Manila and/or Clark and to other points in the country.

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