• Philippines pushes air talks with France

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    The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) on Monday said that the Philippines is currently in talks with the government of France to negotiate or renew air service agreements.

    “He [CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla] is in Paris for air talks actually,” a source from CAB said in a text message to The Manila
    Times.

    CAB said earlier that the governments of the Philippines, Israel and Russia will hold air talks in November 2013 for seat entitlements.

    CAB also said that the country will have air service talks with Russia in November or December.

    The Philippines has no local carriers that flies to both Israel and Russia.

    The Philippine recently concluded successful air negotiations with the governments of Macau and Brazil.

    CAB also said that the Philippines will hold air talks with France and Singapore in the first quarter of 2014.

    Earlier reports said that that air talks with France will come after the successful conclusion of an air service agreement (ASA) with Italy in September.

    The Philippine government is bidding to negotiate ASAs with European countries, since the country is no longer in the European Union’s blacklist of nations with aviation safety concerns.

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

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