Philippines, Ethiopia to hold air talks next month

July 9, 2013

MANILA – The Philippines plans to hold air talks with Ethiopia next month, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said today.

In a text message to Interaksyon.com, CAB deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula said both sides are looking to hold discussions on August 12 to 16.

He said the Ethiopian government is interested in striking an air service agreement (ASA) with the Philippines. No local or foreign carrier flies between the two countries.

Ethiopia is the second-most populated nation on the African continent with over 91 million inhabitants.

According to CAB, air talks this year would be aligned with the priorities of the Department of Tourism to meet the government’s tourist arrivals target of 5.5 million.

The Aquino administration is pursuing air talks as part of its open skies policy. The government aims to generate six million tourists, three million jobs and $4.6 billion in tourism revenues by 2016, allowing the sector to contribute 6.35 percent to gross domestic product.