Two Philippine carriers seek ASEAN designation

Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines are seeking approval from the CAB to be the country’s official carriers under two of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) multilateral agreements on air services - the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services and ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services.


Two Philippine carriers seek ASEAN designation


Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines are seeking approval from the CAB to be the country’s official carriers under two of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) multilateral agreements on air services – the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services and ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services.

The two agreements stipulate that each participating country is given the right to designate as many airlines as it wishes to conduct international air and airfreight services in the ASEAN region.

According to the ‘open skies’ framework, a participant country should grant the designated airline of another participant country the right to fly across its territory without landing or to make stops in its territory for non-traffic purposes.

In addition, a participant country cannot permit or impose on the designated airline of another participant country to have higher user charges than those it imposes on its own airlines operating similar international air and airfreight services.

On the basis of reciprocity, each participant country must exempt another participant’s designated airline from customs duties, excise taxes, inspection fees, and other national duties and charges levied on aircraft, fuel, ground equipment, lubricating oils, consumable technical supplies, spare parts, and air waybills.