The Philippine and Chinese governments have signed a new air rights deal which means more connections between the two countries. Under the new deal, the number of allowed passengers flying from Manila to the Chinese mainland and vice versa was increased from the current 10,000 to 13,500 per week.
Aviation Board Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said the Philippine government had sought the new deal with China to meet the fast-growing demand for air travel between the two countries.
Philippine officials are optimistic that the new deal will allow the country to take advantage of the many opportunities for trade and tourism from the fast-growing Chinese economy.
English People’s Daily Online reported Arcilla as saying added provisions gave the Philippines an unlimited number of seats between points outside the main Manila hub to points outside China’s own major points of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.