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More European carriers exit the Philippines
Germaine de Peralta, Manila

Germaine de Peralta, Manila  
(14th Apr 2004)

SWISS Air Lines and Air France have become the latest European carriers topull out of Manila, following British Airways, Alitalia and KLM.

Air France will now fly to Bangkok instead, while KLM has diverted itsflights to Kuala Lumpur.

The National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) chairman,Mr Robert Lim Joseph, blamed the pull outs on stiff competition and a dropin visitor numbers.

The Philippines has increased the flight entitlements of Middle East andAsian carriers to Manila and this has been cited as a major reason for thewithdrawal of European carriers because of price dumping by some players.

Mr Joseph said: “We have tourism officers in Europe, but how can ourattaches promote the country now that we don't have direct flights to thebiggest tourist market in the world? It would be very difficult and it wouldmean fewer tourists from Europe and European traffic going to our neighboursin Asia where are direct flights.”

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