Airline wants PHL-Japan open skies arrangement-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) will be advocating for open skies between the Philippines and Japan in the upcoming RP-Japan Air Consultation Talks, to be held on September 11 to 13 in Tokyo.
In its position paper submitted to the Philippine Air Consultation Panel last August 15, 2013, CEB recognized the government’s efforts in increasing capacity at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), such as minimizing general aviation traffic. It emphasized though that should NAIA capacity become rapidly available, Philippine carriers will not be able to mount flights because of the lack of seat entitlements.
Seat entitlements have to be given first by countries such as Japan, so airlines like CEB can increase flights to or add destinations internationally. An open skies agreement will speed up this process and allow CEB to immediately expand its Japan operations. CEB currently operates from Manila to Osaka thrice weekly.
Japan, once one of the most protective aviation sectors in the world, has signed open skies agreements with countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, France, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Mexico. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2013.