Philippines, Malaysia Defer A New Re Negotiation Of Air Agreement
The Philippines and Malaysia deferred a new negotiations for a new Air service agreement, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).
Carmelo Arcilla, CAB executive director, said the scheduled Air talks with Malaysia on August 27 28 were cancelled upon the request of Kuala Lumpur last week.
There is no date yet for the rescheduling. They did not specify the reason for their request or cancelation, except from the general Aviation that there are pressing issues that they have to attend to.
The Philippines and Malaysia were supposed to hold Air talks last April, but deferred the negotiations after Malaysia Airlines Flight No. MH370 went missing last March.
At present, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia Zest and Philippine Airlines fly to Malaysia.
The Aquino administration is pursuing more air talks as part of its open skies policy, which aims to double tourist arrivals to 10 million by 2016. Last year, tourist arrivals grew by 9.56 percent year-on-year to 4.68 million.
Since the start of the year, the Philippines concluded Air negotiations with South Africa, Macau, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore and France. In 2013, the Philippine Air panel concluded Air negotiations with Macau, Brazil, Israel, Italy and Japan.
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