Friday, 5 June 2009

Philippines, Spain sign new air-services agreement

Lenie Lectura
Business Mirror

THE Philippines and Spain have sealed a new air-services agreement (ASA), fielding 28 weekly flights for each country.

From Manila to Madrid and Barcelona, there were seven flights per week awarded to the Philippines.

To Madrid and Barcelona from Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, 14 weekly flights were allocated.

Other points in the country, except Manila and Clark, were allotted seven flights in a week. The same goes for Spain, in which daily flights were also made available except for Madrid and Barcelona.

“There were also an equivalent number of flights granted to Spain. To and from or vice versa, Spain gets the same number of flights as we have,” said Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive director Carmelo Arcilla in a phone interview on Tuesday.

Also, Manila was granted rights to service 200 tons of cargo per week while Clark got 300 tons per week. “For cargo, seven flights per week were also granted,” added Arcilla.

The air talks took place in Madrid last month.

This is the eighth air pact sealed by the Philippine air panel since the start of the year. Last month, a new deal with Singapore was finalized. ASAs were sealed with Brunei and Australia last March; Kuwait and Bahrain in February; and Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in January.

The CAB is a member of the Philippine air panel. The other members are composed of officials from the Departments of Transportation and Communications, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Clark International Airport Corp., and representatives from local airline companies.

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