Philippines signs first even air services agreement with Brazil

Are you too reluctant to fly to Brazil due to high flight ticket prices? With this new development and new options, It could possibly provide lower prices specially with the entry of local competing airlines.

Manila to São Paulo Flights
Manila to São Paulo Flights (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

According to PNA, The Philippines now has an air service agreement with Brazil, the country’s first with the South American economies giant and host to the 2016 Olympic Games.

The agreement permits the signatories to conduct flights seven times each week between Manila and Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro. The same agreement also allows for so-called fifth freedom traffic, which essentially means allowing the signatories to fly passengers and cargo to two other foreign countries on flights originating or ending in their own jurisdictions.

Thus, a designated Philippine carrier such as the Philippine Airlines (PAL) or Cebu Air Inc. or Cebu Pacific, may fly passengers and cargo to Tokyo or Los Angeles on flights coming or going to Manila.

According to the Civil Aeronautics Board, the agreement allows for seven flights a week for north Brazil and the Philippines plus “fifth freedom traffic rights to any third country points.”

In addition, the agreement allows for unlimited traffic rights between Brazil and other gateways in the Philippines, with the exception of Manila. The unlimited access to other ex-Manila gateways in the Philippines also permits fifth freedom traffic rights to any third country, the CAB said.

Brazil is one of a handful of South American countries that permit non-visa travel by Filipinos for periods of up to 90 days. Other South American destinations Filipinos could visit without need for visas include Colombia. Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Suriname.

Executives said the air services agreement with Brazil should help boost tourism-related travel for the Philippines.

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