Wednesday, June 25, 2008

RP-Cambodia air talks yield 8 flights for Clark

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- About 32 flights a week have been granted to the Philippines during the recently concluded RP-Cambodia Air Talks held in Manila.

Eight of the 32 flight entitlements have been allocated to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), which is now becoming the country's premier gateway.

The Philippine and Cambodia air panels met last June 19-20 in Manila. The Philippine Panel was represented by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Doroteo Reyes II, while Cambodia was represented by Secretariat of State Civil Aviation (SSCA) Deputy Director General Rumchek Sovary.

Clark International Airport Corporation (Ciac) officials who sat along with the Philippine Air Panel during the review of existing Air Services Agreement (ASAs) were successful in negotiating for entitlements in Clark.

The entitlements will prepare the DMIA to become the main international airport.

Ciac president and chief executive officer (CEO) Victor Jose Luciano said this is a welcome development.

"These new entitlements will further boost the ongoing developments taking place at the airport as more flights are being mounted so as to accommodate more passengers," said Luciano.

Ciac executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer (COO) Alexander Cauguiran sat as a member of the RP panel that represented Ciac in the RP-Cambodia Air Talks held in Metro Manila.

Cauguiran said the air talks were aimed at strengthening mutual trade in economic, tourism and aviation relations between the Philippines and Cambodia.

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