The Philippines Is Holding Air Talks With South Africa And Malaysia
The Philippines is set to hold Air Talks with South Africa and with Malaysia said Carmelo A. Arcilla, executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board.
Mr. Arcilla added that the Philippines will also hold negotiations with Hong Kong.
Hong Kong and Malaysia are naturally growing markets, while South Africa is a potential market, being a major commercial and aviation hub in Africa.
He noted that South Africa initiated the move for talks, signaling interest among its carriers to fly to the Philippines.
Mr. Arcilla had said earlier this month that the success of air talks with South Africa is expected to support the Tourism department’s goal of attracting 10 Million Foreign tourists by 2016, in addition to giving Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air another market to expand to.
We are studying the business case of flying to South Africa, but we have no concrete plans at this time, Cebu Air, Inc. Long-Haul Division Head Alejandro B. Reyes said in a text message.
In relation with Malaysia and Hong Kong, Mr. Reyes said We asked CAB to prioritize air talks in those countries we feel there’s really a lot of potential there, especially in Hong Kong.
PAL Holdings, President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang had said last July 9 at the sidelines of a contract signing in Makati City that South Africa is too far and there are only a few Filipinos there, while in regional countries like Hong Kong, we can’t ask for more seat entitlements there as we have enough.
Mr. Arcilla added that CAB would pursue similar talks with Israel.
He had said last month that the agency was also targeting air talks with Indonesia and Taiwan this semester.
This year, the Philippines has so far concluded Air Service talks with Macau, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore and France.
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