Manila, Seoul to hold air talks

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The governments of the Philippines and South Korea will hold air talks on Wednesday to negotiate air service agreements.

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“We are holding a meeting of the air panel on Wednesday, [May 14] and we’re going to take up air services talks with South Korea,” Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla said in an interview.

The CAB said seat entitlements will be part of the discussions between the two governments.

Based on statistics from the Department of Tourism, South Korea led all other markets for the January to February period this year, providing 220,831 visitors to the country and sharing 24.98 percent of total inbound traffic.

However, this figure was lower by 8.41 percent when compared to last year’s arrivals for the same period, which stood at 241,116.

The Philippines received a total of 884,014 visitors from January to February this year, representing a 3.49 percent increase over last year’s comparative figure of 854,187 arrivals.

The month of January saw 461,383 visitors, a 5.8-percent increase from the previous year, while 422,631 visitors were recorded in February, up by just 1.08 percent from the same month last year.

”We are going to examine the market. It’s really vibrant and very very strong,” Arcilla said.

The Philippine government is pursuing air talks with various countries as part of its open skies policy. Under Executive Order 29, airports other than the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are to be opened to accommodate more foreign air traffic.

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