Philippines-Israel Agree on Direct Flight Services, Trade and Tourism Relations Expected to Improve

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     Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Director
         General Giora Romm of the Civil Aviation Authority of the State of Israel (CAAI) initial the Air Services Agreement

                                                       on direct flights from Manila to Tel Aviv, and vice versa.

6 November 2013 Tel Aviv, State of Israel. The Republic of the Philippines and the State of Israel successfully concluded aviation consultation talks on 6 November 2013, agreeing on direct flights from Manila to Tel Aviv. The Philippines' Air Panel Chairman, Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and his counterpart, Director General Giora Romm of the Civil Aviation Authority of the State of Israel (CAAI), initialed the new Air Services Agreement (ASA) after a cordial and constructive dialogue held at CAAI, in Airport City, Tel Aviv. The agreement, which replaces the 1951 Air Transport Agreement between the two countries, entitles both parties up to a total of 21 direct flights each on a weekly basis.

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                                                     Philippine and Israeli delegates discuss the proposed ASA.

The landmark deal will further Philippines-Israel cooperation in the air industry, allowing more exchanges in terms of aviation technology, security and services. While the number of Israeli tourists coming to the Philippines is increasing every year, the accessibility afforded by the direct flights is expected to attract more visitors and potential investors.

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                    Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge and the Philippine delegation headed by Undersecretary Lotilla
                                                        review the proposed ASA prior to the meeting at CAAI.
 

The agreement is also welcome news to many Filipinos who want to travel to Israel not only for leisure, but also for pilgrimage purposes. They can now look forward to faster and more convenient flights to the Holy Land. -- END --

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                                                    Ambassador Calonge with the Philippine delegation. (Left to
                                                       right) Atty. Luis M. Catibayan of the Department of Trade
                                                        and Industry (DTI), Atty. John Voltaire A. Almeda of PAL
                                                         Express, Atty. Reynaldo L. Ching of the Department of
                                                          Tourism (DOT), Director Evelyn A. Respicio-Cajigal of
                                                          DOT, Undersecretary Lotilla (head of the delegation),
                                                              Executive Director Carmelo L. Arcilla of the Civil
                                                               Aeronautics Board (CAB), Mr. Jesus F. Ibay, Jr.
                                                                 of CAB and Atty. Enrique Antonio J. Esquivel
                                                                                     of Philippine Airlines.