Air Connectivity Essential to Philippinesa[euro][TM] Trade and Tourism Goals.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Tue, Dec 16, 2014 - International air transport is an essential economic catalyst for the Philippines, creating aviation and tourism related jobs, carrying inbound tourists, as well as enabling the export and import of goods and services. Today, there are 35 flights a week (operated by 3 airlines) between Manila and Dubai, contributing to a healthy and growing bilateral trade relationship between both countries which stood at US$ 1.38 billion[i] in 2013. aEmirates airline is proud to serve the Philippines and play a contributing role in its economy. Since we started services to Manila in 1990, Emirates has carried over 6.5 million OFWs, international tourists and business travellers, as well as over 150,000 tonnes of cargo on the route,a said Barry Brown, Emiratesa Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East. aWe currently operate 3 daily flights between Dubai and Manila, which not only serves the growing demand for travel between both countries, but also connects the Philippines with over 800 flights a week to other key cities in our global network a cities which are currently not served by airlines of the Philippines. Our flights and network enable travellers from the GCC, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, to easily reach the Philippines with just one convenient stop in Dubai. aIn recent years, other airlines have also started services between the Philippines and the UAE, and we see this as a positive move which ultimately benefits consumer choice, and also illustrates the healthy demand and potential for traffic growth,a he added. A growing pie The already significant demand for air travel services between Dubai and the Philippines is expected to grow further in tandem with the many developments in the UAE. This includes the Dubai Expo 2020 which is expected to generate 275,000 jobs and offer immense opportunities for Filipino talent in the hospitality, engineering, IT and medical services sectors. Remittances from the Filipino residents in the UAE provide important financial support to their families back home as well as to the broader economy. In 2013, remittances by Filipinos in the UAE reached US$1.26 billion, an increase of 31.45% in just a year, compared to US$960 million in 2012. There are currently about 850,000 OFWs based in Dubai, and this is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2020 with the rapid pace of development in Dubai. It is estimated that some...

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