21st July 2011, www.news360.lk
Sri Lanka and Philippines have signed a new deal on Tuesday to increase flights between the two countries.
This deal, reports say may pave the way for the launching of the first direct flight between Philippines and Sri Lanka.
At present, there are no direct flights between the two countries.
“The new agreement is expected to make any services that the respective airlines of both countries may plan to operate in the future more viable,” Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director of Philippines Carmelo Arcilla has told the Philippine media.
Under the new deal, flights between Manila and Colombo will be increased to four from two a week.
Both air panels have also agreed to remove restrictions on the number of flights to points outside Manila.
Philippines also have granted Sri Lanka “fifth freedom” rights from points outside Manila to Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
“This means Sri Lankan airlines will be able to pick up passengers from these secondary routes and bring them to the said Southeast Asian cities” added a media report.
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