EXPANSION OF AIR SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND THE PHILIPPINES
Australia and the Philippines have agreed to new air services arrangements, opening the way for expanded services on routes between our two countries.
Under the new arrangements, Australian and Philippine airlines are now able to offer up to 4,000 seats each way per week between major Australian destinations (Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and/or Sydney) and Manila and/or Clark in the Philippines.
Over time, and in response to demand, the new limit can be increased to 6,000 seats. Previously, the limit was 2,500 seats.
To encourage airlines to serve our important regional destinations, Australian and Philippine airlines can now operate unlimited services to regional airports.
Last year, over 313,000 people travelled between the Philippines and Australia.
Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Rod Smith welcomed the new arrangements.
“The new arrangements are a good example of Australia and the Philippines working together to liberalise international aviation to the benefit of the travelling public, the tourism industry and airline carriers in both Australia and the Philippines”, he said.