Majority of the members of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), an association of managers and chief executive officers of the top firms in the country, favored moves to liberalize the country's civil aviation policies.
In a survey conducted during its monthly general membership meeting at the Hotel Intercon in Makati City, 55 out of 57 respondents favored moves to liberalize the country's civil aviation policy.
Speaking on the topic "Civil Aviation Liberalization: Should if be implemented?" Professor Victor S. Limlingan of the Asian Institute of Management hit the government for its protectionist policies because such policies hampered the growth of the country's tourism and trade.
He noted that from 1992 to 1998, the Philippines continually increased airline seat capacities from 3.9 million to 6.5 million. This, however, dropped to 5.3 million and then to 4.8 million all in the period of one year because of the abrogation of the Taiwan air agreement.
"Furthermore, the crisis that hit the Philippines Airlines (PAL) resulted in the cancellation of flights to the ASEAN countries so that in 1999, only Laos has fewer intra-ASEAN weekly frequencies," he said.
Thailand, Limlingan said, was quick to take advantage of the situation. Within 30 days of the abrogation of the country's air agreement with Taiwan, Thailand implemented an open skies agreement with Taiwan. …