After 20 years, Philippine carriers and Italian airlines can again fly to each other’s major cities thanks to the Philippines-Italy Air Services Agreement (ASA).
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the two countries held Air Services Consultations from September 4 to 5 in Rome, Italy. Officials discussed and initialed the ASA, and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would allow direct flights between Rome, Milan, Bergamo, Manila, Cebu and Clark.
“This agreement will benefit some 170,000 Filipinos and their families who work and reside in Italy, among other overseas Filipino workers based in Europe, by affording them the option to take direct flights back home, help boost tourism and encourage increased business travel between the two countries,” the DFA said.
The last bilateral agreement on air services between the two countries was concluded and signed in 1969. Philippine Airlines (PAL) last flew to Italy in 1994.
The Philippine Air Panel was led by Department of Transportation and Communication Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla while the Italian panel was headed by Dr. M. Cristina Francolini of Italy’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.