PH, Singapore sign new air services MOU

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THE Philippines and Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on air services increasing the current capacity entitlements between Manila and Singapore from 17,627 seats per week for each country to 18,888 seats.

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The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) also said that Iloilo and Bacolod were added as co-terminal points for Singaporean carriers in addition to Cebu, Davao and Puerto Princesa.

“The Philippines and Singapore signed on Friday, Feb 13, 2015 a new MOU on Air Services,” said CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla.

“It means that Singaporean carriers can fly to Cebu, for example, and then proceed to Davao. Both countries also agreed to increase the limit on the frequencies for 5th freedom, from eight per week to 10 per week,” he said.

Arcilla explained that the MOU with Singapore “also means that a Singaporean carrier, for example, can operate a route that starts from Singapore to Manila and proceeds to Osaka, 10 times a week.”

He said the two countries also agreed on third country code sharing, which allows airlines from the two countries to collaborate with airlines from third countries in marketing services between the Philippines and Singapore.

“Overall, the agreement opens up more commercial opportunities for the airlines of the two countries,” the CAB official said.

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