The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) plans to hold air talks with seven countries this year.
CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said the country will requested to hold air talks with India, Hong Kong, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Canada and Australia, after the agency received an invitation from Maldives.
The Philippines is looking to hold air talks with the six countries due to the interest of local carriers to strengthen their presence in those territories by expanding operations.
Arcilla said Japan has signified its interest to hold air talks with the Philippines but a date has yet to be determined.
Apart from the six, Arcilla said the country would also want to hold air talks with Maldives.
“The target is to have the air talks in April, but there is no date yet,” he said.
The last air talks conducted with South Korea in November last year.
During the air talks, the Philippines and South Korea signed a new air services agreement which gives both countries 20,000 seats per week between Manila and all international airports in South Korea.
Under the new agreement, all airlines of the Philippines authorized to operate between Manila and all international airports in Korea can utilize a combined total of 20,000 seats per week.
The same number of 20,000 seats per week is likewise available for all the Korean carriers authorized to operate between Manila and all international airports in Korea.
It also provides unlimited traffic rights for the authorized airlines of both countries between all international airports in the Philippines outside Manila and all international airports in Korea.
South Korea is the country’s top source of foreign tourists.
Last year, 1.6 million South Korean tourists visited the Philippines.