The governments of the Philippines and South Africa announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on air services allowing designated airlines of each country a total of seven flights per week between Manila and points in South Africa.
“We signed today, August 13, 2014 a new MOU on Air Services with South Africa. We agreed on 7 flights per week for each side. There are no current operators, as the market is still small, although South African Airlines has signified its interest to develop the market as part if its expansion in Asia,” Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla told reporters in a text message.
He added that, “The talks were at the invitation of South Africa. Air services between the Philippines and South Africa would improve our aviation network and connect us to the emerging markets of Africa.”
The Philippines has no local carrier that currently flies to South Africa.
The Philippine government is pursuing air talks with a number of countries as part of its open skies policy. Under Executive Order 29 issued in March 2011, airports other than Ninoy Aquino International Airport are to be opened to accommodate more foreign traffic. ROSALIE C. PERIABRAS