Qatar Airways to increase weekly flights between Doha and Manila by six to 14

Qatar Airways will add six flights a week between Doha and Manila after the Philippines reviewed its aviation agreement with Qatar.

The agreement will provide more flight options for the 200,000 Filipino expatriates in Qatar.

The six additional flights augment the existing eight flights, according to Saleh Abdulla Haroon, the director at Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority.

He said the aviation agreement would allow Qatar to operate “an open number” of flights between Qatar and other cities in the Philippines.

Qatar Airways also operates seven flights weekly between Doha and Clark International Airport, north-west of Manila, according to Jose Victor Luciano, a member of the Philippines Civil Aeronautics Board.

The Filipino community makes up about 8.7 per cent of Qatar’s 2.3 million population, according to estimates.

Separately, there were no new developments regarding Emirates Airline’s third daily flight to Manila, said Mr Luciano.

“Not at the moment. There has to be air talks and air negotiations,” he said.

Emirates’ right to operate the third flight between Dubai and Manila expired last October, but the board granted an extension for the airline to operate until January 26.

Before the approval of the extension, Emirates was slapped with US$40,627 in fines for selling airfares through March.

In February, in an effort to resolve the issue, Emirates said it had asked the Philippines’ presidential office to arbitrate the matter.

At the time of the expiration of its flight permit last year, Emirates said its flights to the Philippines supported more than 4,300 jobs in the country through direct employment and catering, ground handling jobs and other positions related to air-travel services.

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