INDIA EXPECTS additional direct flights to and from the Philippines to expand visitor traffic both ways, its ambassador said.
“Tourism has a huge potential both for Indian and Filipino tourists,” Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar said in an interview last week during the Indian Embassy’s gala night in Makati City.
“Direct flights are very important for tourism. So we hope there will be direct flights between the Philippines and India in the next months or so,” Mr. Mazumdar added.
Earlier this year, Philippine Airlines said it expects to offer direct service between Manila and New Delhi and Mumbai by the fourth quarter.
The Department of Transportation said the Philippines renegotiated last month an air service agreement with India to raise the number of flights weekly between the two countries, to 28 from seven.
Possible destinations are New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. India has yet to select three other cities apart from Manila that will be served by Indian carriers.
Department of Tourism data indicate that visitor arrivals from India rose 18.3% to 107,278 in 2017. — Janina C. Lim