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Philippines proposes ‘opening skies’ for all carriers from member nations 

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Airlines other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states may soon fly unlimited to the Philippines’ secondary airports, the Manila Times quoted the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) as saying.

In a statement, CAB said the Asean Air Transport Working Group (ATWG) meeting held August 5 to 7 in Penang, Malaysia, resolved most of the issues that will pave the way for the opening of all airports in Asean countries for passenger air services.

The ATWG agreed to the proposals of the Philippines to spread air services access and development to secondary airports.

The regulator said the Philippine proposal is now incorporated in the updated draft agreement known as the Multilateral Agreement for the Full Liberalization of Passenger Air Services (MAFLPAS) and its Implementing Protocols.

The ATWG agreed to submit the draft MALFPAS and its Implementing Protocols to the 28th Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) for adoption and subsequently to the 15th Asean Transport Meeting (ATM) for endorsement and possible signing in December this year.

The only remaining issue is on the order of ratification of the Implementing Protocols by Asean member states.

Porvenir Porciuncula, CAB deputy executive director, who led the Philippine delegation in Penang, said other Asean member-states earlier signed the Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAs).

The Philippine delegation included representatives from the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Civil Aviation Authority, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

Porciuncula said MAs allow unlimited capacity or frequencies between capital cities in Asean.

“Its implementation is now subject to the ratification by an Asean member [that] is ready to implement it and to be effective only among those [that] have ratified the protocols,” he said.

Porciuncala said the agency will consult local carriers about the unlimited flight of Asean airlines in the country’s airport.

Giving Asean members the option to open the new routes to all other points outside of capital city airports will be consistent with the direction that passenger air services would be expanded by a MAFLPAS stand-alone agreement as agreed during the 27th STOM, he said. 


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