The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the Philippines Government to maximise economic and social benefits, aviation can bring to development.
Key areas are airport infrastructure deficiencies in Manila, abandoning proposals for increased taxation on aviation and adopting smarter regulation principles.
Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac said although aviation is vital to Philippines, failing to address issues of airport infrastructure, excessive regulation and taxation, the social and economic benefits of air transport will be at risk.
De Juniac cited the new consumer protection legislation in the Philippines would cap air fares, prohibit overbooking and impose onerous consumer protections extra-territorially.
He was addressing participants of the Philippine Aviation Day in Manila organised by the Air Carriers Association of Philippines.