MANILA – Philippines and Israel have signed a new air service agreement that entitles the designated airline of each country to 21 flights per week between any points in the Philippines and Israel, executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Carmelo Arcilla said Friday.
Arcilla said that for the 21 designated flights, both countries also agreed on coterminal and stopover rights to any third country.
“This means that a Philippine carrier can bring passengers to Tel Aviv and proceed to say, Rome or bring passengers to Tel Aviv, and pick them up again after several days for onward travel to say, Rome,” he said.
Arcilla added that both countries also agreed on three fifth freedom flights per week on one intermediate point in Mumbai and one beyond point in Madrid, which means that a Philippine carrier “can fly to India, unload and pick up passengers and proceed to Israel, or unload and pick up in Israel and proceed to Madrid.”
The new service agreement was signed on Thursday, updating an air service agreement or a memorandum of understanding signed in the 1950s.
Arcilla said Philippine Airlines used to have flights to Israel, but the CAB does not have records of these.
The air service deal signed with Israel was the sixth signed by the Philippines this year, after forging agreements with Japan, Italy, Macau, Brazil, and Australia.
Air talks with Russia are set to be held within the year.
Under Executive Order 29, President Aquino authorized the CAB and the Philippine air panels to aggressively pursue the international civil aviation liberalization policy.