September 29, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and India have signed a new modernized air services agreement to further strengthen connectivity and mutual economic growth between the two countries.
The air services agreement was signed on Monday by the Ministry of Transport (DOTr) and India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation.
DOTr said the agreement aims to promote international air services between the respective territories of the two countries, advance a quality international air system and ensure the highest level of aviation safety.
The deal also opens up the market to competition where multiple airlines can operate and where more flights will be operated, helping to boost competition and air connectivity for the two countries, the agency said.
“This agreement is an essential catalyst for partnership, whether in terms of people-to-people contacts, trade and investment, tourism and cultural interactions, and overall to bring our two great democratic republics in Asia closer together”, a- he added. Indian Ambassador Shambu Kumaran said.
In 2018, the 1949 Philippines-India Air Services Agreement was amended and a new agreement was signed.
However, changes were proposed in 2020, which were subsequently approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“I hope that this new air services agreement will stimulate people-to-people, business and cultural relations between our two countries, and that it will ensure the highest level of safety and security in international air travel between the Philippines and the United States. India. Philippine Ambassador to India Nathaniel Imperial said.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade assured the public that the deal would be implemented and implemented for the mutual benefit of both countries.
âI hope today that the signing of the agreement will not be limited only to a relationship on a bilateral air agreement, but it is a relationship that goes far beyond aviation. It will encompass other forms of commercial activity, economic activity in this country, âTugade said.