As Philippines enters first Air Services Agreement to South America
May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013
The Philippines and Brazil on Wednesday signed its first Air Service Agreement with the largest South American country in a bid to boost travel between the two countries, an Official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) discloses.
CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said the Philippines, through its designated carrier Philippine Airlines got seven flight entitlements to either Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro with fifth freedom traffic rights to any third country points.
Brazil on the other hand also got seven flight to Manila with TAM as the designated airline with fifth freedom traffic rights to any third country points as well.
"This agreement allows for seven flights between Manila and Brazil, with fifth freedom traffic rights to any third country points. In addition it allows for unlimited traffic rights between Brazil and other gateways in the Philippines except Manila, also with fifth freedom to any third country points," Arcilla said.
Fifth freedom rights simply means the airline like PAL can land in a different country i.e. Dubai or Addis Ababa, pick up passengers and bring them to Brazil. Similarly, TAM airlines can land in Dubai or Addis Ababa pick up passengers and bring them to Manila.