2 airlines eye China

PAL Express and Air Asia Philippines plan to expand their respective operations to Beijing under an air transport agreement between Asean and China. 

The Civil Aeronautics Board said PAL Express and Air Asia Philippines filed separate applications for designation as official Philippine carrier under the air transport agreement. 

The agreement aims to increase tourist traffic and trade between member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian nations and China. 

“Parties opposed to the granting of this application must file their written opposition... Failure on the part of any party to register its opposition shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard,” CAB said.  

Data from the Tourism Department showed Chinese visitors to the Philippines climbed 24.3 percent in 2015 to 490,841 from 394,951 in 2014.

Visitors from Asean countries rose 4.4 percent to 481,567 last year from 461,486 visitors in 2014.

Topics: PAL Express , Air Asia Philippines , Civil Aeronautics Board , China operations
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