Planning to go to Maldives this year? Here’s a good news for you: the Philippines and the Republic of Maldives have negotiated a draft air services agreement, making direct flights between the two countries “closer to reality.” Yay!
In a press release posted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the air negotiation panels of the two countries met in Manila on April 16 and 17 to draft the agreement after preliminary proposals were discussed in letter exchanges throughout the past few months.
An initial entitlement of 1,200 seats per week between Manila and Maldives can be flown by each party’s designated airlines.
“The accord allows an initial entitlement of 1,200 seats that can be flown by each party’s designated airlines per week between Manila and the Maldives. However, flights originating from or destined for points outside Manila will be unlimited, in line with the Philippines’ pocket open skies policy which promotes other international gateways away from the capital,” it wrote.
The Philippine air panel was led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, with representatives from the Department of Transportation, Civil Aeronautics Board, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment as members. The Maldives delegation, on the other hand, was composed of the chairman, the chief executive, and senior officials of the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority.
Maldives is a tropical nation off the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. It has around 1,200 islands, atolls, and is known for its pristine beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive reefs.