Gamsahamnida! PH, South Korea ink new air pact
The Philippines and South Korea have agreed to increase flights between the two countries by nearly 50 percent to meet the growing demand for travel in the Asia-Pacific region.
The amended its air service agreement (ASA) raises flight entitlements by 6,500 seats per week to 20,000 seats per week for each country
Previously each side was permitted to operate 13,500 seats per week to any point in the other country.
“The new MOU further provided for 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,” said Carmelo Arcilla, executive director of Civil Aeronautics Board.
Arcilla said the expanded air traffic rights in Manila is intended to address the increased demand for air services between Manila and Korea, while the unlimited air traffic rights outside Manila is in line with Philippine government policy to develop airports outside Manila and spur the economic development of new tourism, trade and economic centers outside Manila.
“Tourism arrivals from Korea have consistently been the biggest compared to other tourism source markets, with Korean tourists to the Philippines numbering 1.475 million last year,” Arcilla said.
At present, eight Korean airlines and five Philippine air carriers are operating between the Philippines and Korea.