Emirates is hopeful for a new round of bilateral air talks between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates by adding more flights to the country, Satish Sethi, Emirates country manager said in a press briefing recently.
“It is unfortunate we could not reach a decision at the end of the talks. But it is still not closed door,” he said relating to the meeting held in April this year. “It is a work in progress and we’re hoping for the talks to happen again soon,” he added.
The carrier plans to expand flights utilizing the A380 aircraft between Dubai and Manila routes as they are already operating almost in full capacity.
However, he said that the airport authority advised Emirates that due to the condition of the airport, they could not immediately allow the carrier to operate their A380 flights.
“It requires some enhancements and we are in discussions with the airport authority. We have shared our feelings about it. We also offered assistance in terms of joint inspection of facilities,” he stated.
The airline will receive its 100th Airbus A380 soon increasing the present number of 97.
Emirates employs 5,000 Filipinos out of its 500,000 employees. On the other hand, UAE has 1 million Filipino overseas workers.
“Every new OFW is a future traveler for us,” Sethi related.
Sethi has been appointed as country manager in November 2016 in which he heads the overall operation of the airlines in the country. Prior to his posting, he was country manager in Jakarta. He has served the airline industry for 20 years.
Emirates flies to 187 destinations, 84 countries, 500,000 employees, 5,000 are Filipinos. It started its Manila operations in 1990.