China Eastern Airlines will be opening direct flights from Manila to China in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 1 (NAIA 1) by next month (October 18) to cope with the increasing air traffic between Philippines and China. According to Channe Chen, the general manager of China Eastern Airlines (Manila office), the airline has been given the green light by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to have daily operations to Shanghai. Furthermore, Chen said that passengers from the Philippines could use Shanghai to gain access to other cities in China as well as serve as a transit point to major cities in Europe, US, Japan, Korea, Australia, and other Asia Pacific region.

Tourism undersecretary Daniel Corpus said that the decision of the airline company to open direct flights from Manila to Shanghai would help address the increasing traffic between Philippines and China. Moreover, this would create higher tourism rates coming from China.

Air traffic and air congestion are some of the issues that the Philippine airline industry are facing nowadays. Since there are only a few airports that could hold international flights, it would be a challenge for these terminals to manage daily flights. But because there is a pressing need to address the air traffic between Philippines and China due to the increasing number of passengers who travel from one point to another, it is a good decision to open more flights from the company to accommodate more passengers. On the other hand, the terminal must be able to manage the possible airport congestion due to the additional flights that they would be accommodating. But with this, the decision of opening daily flights to Shanghai would create not only possible continuous increase in tourism rates from China but also higher revenues, possible cheaper airfares and more access to China and other parts of the world that the airline has access to.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/business/2013/09/20/1229451/china-eastern-airlines-mounts-daily-flights-shanghai

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