Philippines, Macau sign new air service pact

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2014 03:04 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2014 11:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Carriers flying between Philippines and Macau now have more seat entitlements after the two countries signed a new air service agreement.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said the new air agreement increased the entitlements by 56 percent to 7,020 seats per week from the current 4,500 seats.

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said the Philippines sought to amend the 2013 air pact with Macau as it is poised to become a gateway to Hong Kong and nearby cities in China.

"It is envisioned that the current infra projects in Macau that would connect Macau by land to Hong Kong and other nearby Chinese cities would increase the catchment area of Macau and therefore expand market opportunities in Macau," he said.

Arcilla said Macau’s new infrastructure projects will not only boost tourism, but also employment of Filipino workers.

"The new infra projects in Macau will also increase requirements for Filipino workers," he said.

The new air agreement with Macau is the sixth signed by the Philippines this year, following successful deals with France, Singapore, New Zealand, Myanmar, and Canada.