After an absence of almost 20 years, Philippine air carriers can now fly directly to Rome, Milan, Bergamo, and other points in Italy.
This came after the Philippines and Italy conducted Air Services Consultations recently in Rome.
During the meeting, both sides discussed and initialed the Philippines-Italy Air Services Agreement (ASA) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The Air Services Agreement also allows Italian air carriers to fly directly to the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Clark, and another point).
The last bilateral Agreement on Air Services was concluded and signed in 1969 and Philippine Airlines (PAL) last flew to Italy in 1994.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), this agreement will benefit some 170,000 Filipinos and their families who work and reside in Italy, among other overseas Filipino workers based in Europe, by affording them the option to take direct flights back home, help boost tourism, and encourage increased business travel between the two countries. (Roy C. Mabasa)