Talks boost Australia-Philippines aviation capacity

Media Release

WT125/2015

04 May 2015

More flights between Australia and the Philippines will result from the latest air service negotiations between the two countries.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new arrangements will provide for flights to increase by 55 per cent over the next year.

“Importantly, the settled arrangements expand code sharing opportunities for Australian airlines, providing potential for our airlines to expand their global networks and connectivity through cooperative marketing arrangements with overseas partners,” Mr Truss said.

“This is an important and growing bilateral aviation market, growing at an average of 10.5 per cent over the last five years.

“The new arrangements will allow this growth rate to continue for another four years, recognising the potential of Australia as a prime tourism destination within the Asia-Pacific region.

“Increasing the number of flights between Australia and the Philippines will help ensure that we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet future growth in demand.”

The new arrangements provide an immediate increase in capacity entitlements from 6,000 seats each way each week to 8,300 seats each week, rising to 9,300 seats from March 2016.

Airlines can continue to operate unlimited services between the Philippines and Australian regional locations, such as Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.