The governments of Philippines and Israel have signed a new air service agreement (ASA).
“As an update on the talks [Israel government], we concluded a new air service agreement with Israel today [Friday],” said Carmelo Arcilla, executive director of Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).
The CAB said that under the new agreement, the designated airlines of each country are entitled to a total of 21 flights a week, between any points in the Philippines and Israel.
The official added that, “We also agreed on three fifth-freedom flights per week on one intermediate point in Mumbai and one beyond point in Madrid.”
“This means that a Philippine carrier can fly to India, unload and pick up passengers and proceed to Israel, or unload and pick up in Israel and proceed to Madrid. We also agreed on co-terminal and stopover rights to any third country for 21 flights,” Arcilla added.
This means that a Philippine carrier can bring passengers to Tel Aviv and proceed to Rome; or bring passengers to Tel Aviv, and pick them up again after several days for onward travel to Rome.
“[The] Old ASA was signed in 1951. We could not find records of the previous entitlements, because it’s not in the ASA. But presumably it’s a very low number, as was common during that time,” Arcilla said.
Earlier, CAB said that the Philippine air panel met with the representatives of Israel on November 4 and 5.
The Philippines has existing air service agreements with the Israel. However, the entitlements must be updated as these were outdated, and the ASAs were inked around the 1960s and 1970s.
CAB said that in Israel, the Philippine air panel saw the pilgrims in Israel and a number of overseas Filipino workers there as the main market for the flights between the two countries.
“PAL [Philippine Airlines] used to operate to Israel in the 50s and 60s, but we don’t have records anymore,” Arcilla said.