PH to ask Japan for more flight entitlements
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is hoping to convince Japan to lift its ban that prevents local airlines from mounting additional flights.
Carmelo Arcilla, Civil Aeronautics Board executive director, said the two countries are set to conduct air talks on September 11-13. The last air talks between the Philippines and Japan was in 2008
"We hope to resolve several issues during the talks. We assume that this is an indication that Japan is willing to increase flight entitlements," he said.
Japan had imposed restrictions on Philippine carriers, preventing them from mounting additional flights after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) raised some safety security concerns.
The ICAO had lifted the remaining significant security concerns after Philippines passed the audit conducted in February.
Arcilla said the CAB is also trying to schedule another round of air talks with South Korea to update the agreement, which was forged in 2012.