PALAU, PHILIPPINES MULL EXPANDED AIR SERVICE

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, Jan. 16) - An exploratory talk between Palau and the Philippine government on the expansion of aviation [services] is scheduled on January 17.

Philippine Ambassador to Palau Ramoncito Marino confirmed the arrival of officials from the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

CAB is the agency tasked with regulating, promoting, and developing the economic aspect of civil aviation in the Philippines.

Marino said the talk would include a proposed opening of a Koror–Cebu route including a Philippine carrier servicing the Yap route via Palau.

Asian Spirit, which currently flies three times to Koror from Davao is mulling opening service in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Edward Pagunsa, CAB Undersecretary, CABExecutive Director Carmelo Arcilla and representatives from DOTC and Asian Spirit compose the team of representing Philippines in the talk.

Marino said the Philippine officials will be meeting with Shmull and Commerce and Trade Minister Otoichi Besebes.

He added that the group will also be paying a courtesy visit to President Remengesau.

Asian Spirit earlier announced opening a Koror-Cebu route, in addition to a Koror–Davao flights.

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