• Aviation authority eyes route to Russia

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    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Friday said it is mulling to apply for a Russian route for commercial flights to Europe.

    The new route that the CAAP is looking for would be shorter and away from the troubled Ukraine airspace.

    “But this [plan involves]government-to-government negotiations. And this [mode]will take time,” the CAAP said.

    The flight path to London for flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) includes passage over air spaces of Southeast Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Turkey and Eastern Europe, which are all deemed safe.

    PAL flies to the British capital along a path that is about 980 miles away from Ukraine.

    Meanwhile, a Malaysia Airlines staff in Manila said the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine on Friday would not affect the airline’s operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

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