PH, South Korea eye more flights


MANILA, Philippines—The governments of the Philippines and South Korea are set to negotiate for more flights between the two countries this week amid rising demand coming from both sides.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), which heads the multi-agency Philippine air panel, said over one million passengers from South Korea are expected to come to the Philippines this year.

Negotiations for additional flight entitlements to cope with increasing demand would be held in Seoul on April 1 and 2. The talks with South Korea would be the first bilateral discussions for the Philippines this year.

“There is a lot of demand for travel between the two countries. Both local and Korean airlines have clamored for this,” CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said in an interview.

Both sides seek to amend the current air services agreement (ASA) that allows for 19,000 seats between the two countries every week. Most of these entitlements are flown out of Manila, although local airlines already have flights to South Korea from secondary points like Cebu, Clark, Caticlan and Kalibo.

Next to the United States-home to millions of Filipino-born naturalized American citizens-South Korea is the top source of foreign tourists for the Philippines.

“There were 960,000 passengers from South Korea last year. This year, we expect that to hit one million,” Arcilla said.

At the negotiations, the Philippine air panel has the option of signing an “open skies” deal with South Korean counterparts. This would remove restrictions on the number of allowed flights to all points in the Philippines outside of the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Manila.

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  • pablosantino

    good  news eto..

  • Pauline

    Yehey! that means lalaki pa ang korean population sa Pilipinas! nomnomnomnom jjampong!

  • False_Prophet

    The International Airport in Inchon is one of the cleanest, and most modern airports one can encounter on a passage from the Continental Americas to the PH. Hong Kong International is also just as nice, but busier and longer to get to. Since there are no direct flights into the PH anymore, it would make good sense. The modernization of the airports in Manila and Cebu, with designs perhaps a third of the size of Inchon, would be ideal for those heading into the PH.

  • PHtaxpayer

    Korean girls are so cute  ;-)

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