The Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City is among many key domestic airports in the country which will see the arrival of international flights once the “open skies policy” gets implemented.
Under the policy, “airlines from abroad are allowed to land on Philippine airports and allow Philippine carriers are also allowed to land at their airports”.
The study on the open-skies policy began in August this year amid threatened strike among PAL workers.
But lately, President Benigno Aquino III is set to release an executive order dealing with the open-skies policy. Reports said some airlines have already expressed their interest in this new undertaking.
The report also said that for the open skies directive to push through, the Aquino government would do everything to seek the Philippines’ removal from the aviation blacklist issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization for failing the standard aviation security services.
The open-skies policy is an aviation principle that allows foreign airlines to operate unlimited services in another country.
Aside from Cagayan de Oro, other airports readied for the policy are Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Tagbilaran and Puerto Princesa.
The Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Quarantine would be expected to deploy additional personnel once the flights start coming in. This would mean more employment.
According to Secretary Lim,“The open skies policy is a policy that would promote competition among airlines. In the process, this would bring down rates of fares.”