Flights to start between Brazil and Philippines
The long wait has ended as it has been finally reported that flights between Brazil and Philippines may start soon. Since Brazil is the largest country in South America, the necessity of a flight from Philippines is substantial.
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The approval of new air rights between these two countries has been made. An air agreement has been reached among the air negotiating panels. The Brazilian and Philippine governments had signed this agreement on Wednesday. The Philippine air panel had signed an accord this week by allowing a number of seven fights between Manila and Brazil.
The agreement consists of a number of unlimited flights between Brazil and Manila. In accordance with the text message of the Executive Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Carmelo Arcilla, airlines are designated to fly between any points in Brazil, which include Sao Paolo. It will be the first air pact between Brazil and Philippines. At present, there are no direct flights allotted for these two countries. The citizens need to depend on other air routes to reach both the countries. This major route expansion of Philippines can save and increase the financial assets of the country.
The opening of this new route is a part of efforts made by Philippines for attaining a hub for flights between Asia and Latin America. On the request of the legacy carrier of Philippine Airlines (PAL), air talks were initiated. Now they are planning to expand the network of Philippine Airlines for long-haul flights under the conglomerate San Miguel Corp’s management. This deal is considered to be the first air service agreement between Brazil and Philippines. Now the exotic adventure of Brazil is easily accessible to the people of Philippines. In view of this, Philippines airlines need to add some more flights to the existing services.
Fifth freedom rights are also included in this agreement, by means of which passengers can fly to any third destination from any point in Brazil. The local citizens can travel to places in Latin America via Brazil. Arcilla stressed that it allows unlimited traffic rights for Brazil and all the other gateways in Brazil. Expect for Manila all the other gateways can acquire this facility. The flights to and from Manila are already congested; thus the agreement excluded the service to Manila. The Aquino government’s open sky policy had excluded the service to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which is the main gateway to the country.
This policy is aimed to reduce fares and increase the number of flights that bring in tourists, overseas Filipinos and businessmen. The fifth freedom right also allows the Brazilian citizens to fly to Asian countries through Philippines. This is the second agreement signed by the Philippine air panel; the first was signed with Australia. Australia and Philippines have agreed to chart seven flights in a week. After concluding talks with the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia and other countries, the members of the air panel are moving to Japan, Canada, Italy, and France. The Philippine air panel members include the representatives from tourism, foreign affairs, transportation, labor departments, trade, and the CAB.