Philippines, Canada ink new air pact

Posted at 05/29/2014 11:46 AM | Updated as of 05/29/2014 4:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - More flights between the Philippines and Canada are expected soon, as the two countries signed a new air agreement.

Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla said the new air services pact was signed on Wednesday, increasing the frequency entitlement for each country to 14 flights a week.

The pact amends the existing Philippine-Canada Air Services Agreement signed in December 2008.

"The new agreement increased the frequency entitlement for each side from seven flights a week to 14," he said.

Both the Philippines and Canada also agreed to increase fifth freedom rights to five flights a week, from the current four a week, Arcilla said.

Fifth freedom rights refer to the airline's right to fly passengers to a third country from a country with which an airline's resident country has an outstanding air services agreement.

The two countries also agreed to allow Philippine and Canadian airlines to enter into a third country code sharing. This means airlines will be allowed to market indirect services between two countries through cooperative agreements with third-country airlines.

At present, Philippines Airlines is the only airline from the Philippines flying to Canada.