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Philippines and Myanmar sign a new air agreement

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Staff writer ▼ | May 27, 2014
The Philippines and Myanmar sealed a new air agreement last week that the two countries hope will help to boost tourism and trade.
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Philippine AirlinesThe Philippines and Myanmar sealed a new air agreement last week that the two countries hope will help to boost tourism and trade.


According to the Civil Aeronautics Board, the two nations inked a new agreement that permits nearly 4,000 seats per week.

CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said that the new agreement permits designated airlines of each country to fly up to 3,780 seats per week or approximately three flights per day between Manila and any point in Myanmar. The country of sixty million currently has three international airports. "Myanmar is a rapidly growing economy of about 60 million people, with a potential for the development of direct connectivity with the Philippines."

Both Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have expressed an interest in flying to Myanmar though neither carrier has confirmed any plans. The two sides also agreed on unlimited traffic rights between all points between the two countries with the exception of Manila.

The last time an air agreement was signed between the Philippines and Myanmar was in July 1979. The older agreements had restrictive clauses on route structures and capacity. According to Jose Lotilla, Undersecretary at the Department of Transportation, an agreement with Myanmar offers great potential. "Myanmar is a country with great potential and is rapidly developing. It needs a lot of things, from infrastructure to even legal reforms and regulatory structuring."


 

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