PH to let airlines decide on 'flight plan' to China
TOKYO, Japan (via Smart/PLDT) - The Philippine government will let airlines decide whether to submit flight plans to China for its Air Defense Indemnification Zone (ADIZ), Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Friday evening.
Speaking to reporters covering President Benigno Aquino III's visit to Japan, Abaya said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) met with airlines, but did not direct them to comply or not to comply.
"Upon receipt of that pronouncement by China, CAAP had a session with the stakeholders, our airlines. They were not directed to comply or not to comply," Abaya said.
But he said logically, it could be surmised that commercial airlines "on their own" would gladly comply.
He said once a country issues a notice to airmen, "the natural course is to comply."
Abaya also pointed out any aircraft would file its flight plan with the needed details, and need only to add an additional recipient of such a document.
"But on the government side, they were not compelled to comply or were discouraged to, but merely left on their own to go by existing policies," he said.