01
Feb

PAL to open 8 new domestic routes in first qtr

Manila Bulletin

The domestic route expansion of Philippine Airlines (PAL) continues with the opening of eight new routes – from Clark and Cebu – in the first quarter of 2017.

01
Feb

AirAsia PH posts 11% jump in passenger load last year

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines AirAsia almost breached the four million passenger mark in 2016 as it opened more international routes.

31
Jan

PAL mounts more flights from Clark, Cebu hubs

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is expanding its domestic routes from its hubs in Clark and Cebu within the first quarter of the year.

30
Jan

Airbus to train more PAL, CEB pilots as industry booms

By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Carriers like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific are expected to outsource more of their support functions like pilot training to third party service providers in the coming years to be able to focus more on their core business of “selling seats” and flying passengers from one point to another.

30
Jan

Cebu Pacific adds flights to Siargao

Manila Bulletin


Cebu Pacific (CEB), through its wholly owned subsidiary Cebgo, increased flight frequencies to Siargao, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.

30
Jan

NAIA woes hinder aviation sector growth

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Constraints at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport remain a major growth obstacle to the country’s aviation and tourism sectors, according to regional think tank Capa-Center for Aviation.

27
Jan

Congressional franchise sought for airline, railway operators

By Jess Diaz With Delon Porcalla | The Philippine Star

Private companies operating railway and airport facilities need to obtain franchises from Congress, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said yesterday.

26
Jan

Budget airlines seek to boost aircraft haul

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Southeast Asia’s budget airlines would see their collective fleets expand at a faster pace in 2017, after growth in this area hit a “low point” last year in the wake of overcapacity concerns, CAPA-Center for Aviation said.

25
Jan

AirAsia X cleared for US flights, 1st Asian budget carrier to get nod

Reuters

Malaysia's AirAsia X Bhd (AIRX.KL) said it had become Asia's first low-cost carrier to receive approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to any destination within the United States.

24
Jan

Airline executives optimistic in 2017

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and heads of cargo expressed more optimism about the airline industry’s 2017 profits outlook this January versus three months ago, according to the latest business confidence survey of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

24
Jan

CEB to add 2 new routes from northern Mindanao

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) expands further in the Mindanao region in two months with the launch of two more routes – between Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran as well as between Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod.

24
Jan

Cebu Pacific to offer flights from CDO

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air is launching new flights from Cagayan de Oro this March using newly acquired turbo-prop planes.

24
Jan

Cebu Pacific mounts 2 new flights from Cagayan de Oro

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC is set to launch two new routes from its Cagayan de Oro hub in March, as it further expands its domestic network.

23
Jan

2 airports possible – Tugade

By Iris Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines may end up having two new airports – one in Sangley in Cavite and the other in Bulacan – to address the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport over the long-term horizon instead of choosing between the two unsolicited proposals, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

18
Jan

XiamenAir to add direct flights from Cebu to China

BusinessWorld Online

XIAMEN Airlines (XiamenAir) will introduce new direct flights from Cebu to two destinations in China.

16
Jan

AirAsia PH aims for regional takeoff with flights to Vietnam, Indonesia

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines Air Asia is seeking government clearance to fly to Vietnam and Indonesia, signaling its intention to beef up regional operations and become a more prominent airline player.

11
Jan

These Are the Best- and Worst-Performing Airlines in the World

By Nikki Ekstein | Bloomberg

For those who insist that traveling is all about the journey, we say this: It really depends on which carrier you’re flying.

10
Jan

P9.4-B air traffic project to be completed in June

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The country will have a world-class air traffic service by mid-2017, when the P9.4 billion (¥22-million) Communications Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) project starts operating, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

10
Jan

DOTr to invite bidders for regional airports project

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking to issue the invitation for the bidding of the unbundled regional airports project under the public-private partnership (PPP) program this quarter.

10
Jan

Airline travel up 6% in 2016

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) said more people traveled last year, with growth getting a big boost from low-cost carriers.

06
Jan

Air Juan sets sail to top Philippine destinations

Manila Bulletin

Philippine aviation company Air Juan announced direct daily seaplane service from Manila to the country’s top tourist destinations such as Boracay, Coron, Puerto Galera and Subic. Taking off from its dock at the Manila Harbour, the airline operates a fleet of new nine-seater Cessna Caravan Amphibian that can land and take-off from airports and from the water.

06
Jan

Masbate is CebGo’s new destination starting Feb. 15

BusinessWorld Online

DISCOVER more of the country’s “Rodeo Capital” as Cebgo, Cebu Pacific Air’s wholly owned subsidiary, flies to Masbate starting Feb. 15.

05
Jan

PAL wants more flights to South Korea

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines wants to increase flights to South Korea, the top source of tourists visiting the country.

04
Jan

AirAsia PH wants flights to India

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget airline Philippines AirAsia wants flights to India and has sought the Philippine government’s approval for the right to launch a route to New Delhi.

03
Jan

PAL upbeat on 2017 prospects

The Philippine Star

Philippine Airlines is gearing up for another robust year as it takes on more aircraft deliveries and introduces new flights, products and services in line with its goal to become a five-star carrier.

03
Jan

PAL starts Incheon flights via Clark

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines launched flights to Incheon, South Korea out of Clark International Airport on Jan. 1, 2017, marking the start of overseas operations in the Pampanga air hub, a statement over the weekend showed.

01
Feb

United Airlines to Start Only U.S.-Singapore Non-Stop Flight

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

United Airlines will start flying non-stop daily between San Francisco and Singapore this year in the longest direct service by a U.S. carrier as falling fuel costs allow more airlines to offer longer flights.

29
Jan

Cathay Pacific delays delivery of A350 jet

Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. has pushed back the expected delivery of its first Airbus Group SE A350 model toward the middle of the year because business-class seats aren’t ready for installation, according to two people familiar with the matter.

29
Jan

UN panel proposes ban on air shipments of batteries

Associated Press (AP)

Washington  – A UN panel recommended Wednesday that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, according to aviation officials familiar with the decision.

29
Jan

PAL set to fly to Saipan

28
Jan

China Southern Airlines sees 2015 profit more than doubling

Reuters

China Southern , the country's largest airline by fleet size, expects its net profit to have more than doubled in 2015 due to increased overseas travel by the Chinese, weak oil prices and lower forex losses as the yuan depreciated.

28
Jan

Emirates to add 37 jets as it expands in Asia

Bloomberg

EMIRATES, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, plans to add 37 new planes to its fleet in the fiscal year beginning April as it expands operations in Asia with new destinations, including Cebu.

27
Jan

CEB receives 2 A320 aircraft with new livery

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) this month received two A320 aircraft with the new livery. The planes were delivered brand-new from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

27
Jan

Gokongwei-led budget airline beefing up fleet

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, bolstered its mid-range fleet with two additional Airbus A320 planes, a statement showed.

26
Jan

Cebu Air Parent Sees Oil Bonanza Trumping Risks to Demand

By Clarissa Batino | Bloomberg

JG Summit Holdings Inc. expects its Philippine budget airline to carry a million more passengers this year, as decade-low prices for crude oil flow through to cheaper fares.

26
Jan

Cebu Pacific likely hit 18-M passenger target

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

Cebu Air Inc., the operator of budget carriers Cebu Pacific and Cebgo, expects to have achieved its 18 million passenger volume target for 2015 due to the strong performance in the January to November period.

26
Jan

Flights delayed, canceled for visit of Japan’s imperial couple

BusinessWorld Online

FLIGHTS will be delayed or canceled today and on Saturday as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s runway will be closed to give way to the arrival of the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

25
Jan

PAL to fly to Saipan this year

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - After launching air services to Kuwait and Jeddah this month, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning to start flights to Saipan this year and a new destination in Europe by next year.

25
Jan

PAL eyes opening of second European destination in 2017

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) may add a new destination in Europe next year in line with its commitment to grow its network in the continent after a safety ban was lifted in 2013, its top official said.

21
Jan

Delta Air relies on tie-ups to expand routes in Asia

Bloomberg

Delta Air Lines, Inc. will rely on partnerships with China Eastern Airlines Corp. and Jet Airways India Ltd. to improve connectivity to Asia’s largest economies, a senior executive for the region said.

20
Jan

Philippines plans tracking system for civilian flights over disputed sea

Reuters

The Philippines plans to install a $1-million satellite-based system to track commercial flights over the disputed South China Sea, after China landed its first test flights this month on a reef it built in the Spratly islands.

20
Jan

Airlines to enjoy low fuel in 2016, costs under spotlight

By Victoria Bryan and Conor Humphries | Reuters

Airlines can look forward to continuing low oil prices for at least this year, helping to boost profits and drive demand for travel, but need to be wary of a swift rebound and focus on staff costs, experts said at a conference on Monday.

18
Jan

PAL expands ME service to Kuwait, Jeddah

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is expanding its service to the Middle East (ME) to include Kuwait and Jeddah, bringing to seven the flag carrier’s total ME destinations, including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dammam, Dubai and Riyadh.

18
Jan

PAL adds new Middle East routes

Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is growing its network in the Middle East to seven destinations with the launch of two routes this month.

18
Jan

Officials support proposed flights for Iloilo-Incheon

By Louine Hope U. Conserva | BusinessWorld Online

ILOILO CITY -- The local government and the regional office of the Department of Tourism (DoT) have vowed to support the call of a South Korean diplomat to open direct flights between this city and Incheon.

15
Jan

IATA reports strong passenger traffic demand

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Despite some softening in economic growth, global passenger traffic results for November, 2015 showed continued strong traffic growth above the 10-year average rate of 5.6%, largely due to falling fares, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

15
Jan

Etihad Airways adds flights to Manila

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is adding three new weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Manila this year, from May 1, 2016, for a total of 17 return flights per week.

15
Jan

PAL firms up $1-B deal for 6 long-haul aircraft

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects to sign the $1 billion purchase agreement next month for six long-haul aircraft.

14
Jan

Decline in air freight may be over soon – IATA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The decline in cargo demand may be bottoming out, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced yesterday.

14
Jan

Cheap oil fuels travel sector growth

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) said passenger traffic continued to grow above average as lower fares lured travelers despite slowing economic growth and the overall industry was now on a path to “financial sustainability.”

13
Jan

Emirates upgrades DC service to A380s

Bloomberg

Emirates, the No. 1 international carrier, will upgrade flights between Dubai and Washington to Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos, a month after United Airlines said it would quit the route following the awarding of a government travel contract to the Gulf carrier via its ally JetBlue Airways Corp.

13
Jan

Asia Pacific carriers report drop in cargo volume

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the decrease in air freight volumes, Asia-Pacific based carriers are seen to improve as better demand in advanced economies is expected to drive export growth in some countries, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

13
Jan

Delta overtakes United to become No. 2 in US after American Airlines

Bloomberg

Delta Air Lines, Inc. passed United Continental Holdings, Inc. to become the second-largest airline in the US, topping its rival for the first time since a series of mergers transformed the industry landscape.

13
Jan

Japan carrier to buy 8.8% of Vietnam Airlines

Reuters

HANOI -- Japan’s ANA Holdings said it plans to buy 8.8% of Vietnam Airlines for about $108 million, as both carriers seek to take advantage of growing travel demand in Southeast Asia.

12
Jan

Etihad enhances US operations with equipment changes in 2016

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, continues to optimize its United States network with equipment changes on two key markets in 2016.

12
Jan

Budget airlines’ capacity growth seen slowing

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Southeast Asia’s budget airlines remain on a growth trajectory although the near-term outlook indicates that capacity expansion will slow down after penetration rate dropped in 2015—the first decline in 15 years, an aviation think tank said.

11
Jan

Emirates threatening Gulf plans of PAL, CebuPac

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer
Dubai airline corners big chunk of lucrative PH-UAE route

DUBAI flag carrier Emirates’ move to fly to Clark International Airport and Cebu by March this year will make it the second-biggest foreign carrier operating in the Philippines, placing more pressure on the Middle East ambitions of local airlines, an aviation think tank said.

11
Jan

Airlines count cost, benefits of cheap oil

By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon | BusinessWorld Online

“IN 1985, the first time I flew to the US, the airfare was about $1,200. This industry has been experiencing low fuel costs in the ‘80s and higher costs in the ‘90s and 2000, but if you look at the fare structure now, it’s almost the same,” Jaime J. Bautista, president of Philippine Airlines’ parent PAL Holdings, Inc., said in a Jan. 7 phone interview.

30
Jan

Bomb scare disrupts flights at Tacloban airport

By Lawrence Agcaoili, Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Two flights to Tacloban City were delayed last Wednesday due to a bomb scare at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.

30
Jan

Improvements at Mactan int’l airport terminal face delays

CEBU CITY -- Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal operator GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. is facing delay not only in the construction of a second facility but also in undertaking the physical improvements that it promised at the existing structure.

29
Jan

ADB approves $75-M loan for Cebu airport

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) joined the consortium of local banks in financing the expansion and renovation of Mactan Cebu International Airport.

29
Jan

Asian airlines slash fuel surcharges but fares likely to rise

By Jane Wardell and Siva Govindasamy | Reuters

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Asian airlines are slashing fuel surcharges as oil prices hover at six-year lows, but passengers hoping for cheaper tickets will be disappointed as carriers are likely to bump up fares to maintain margins.

29
Jan

Overcapacity seen to cap Asean budget airlines’ 2015 growth

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

SOUTHEAST Asian budget carriers are seen increasing their fleets modestly this year as the current “overcapacity” brought about by a decade of massive expansion continues to place a cap on major fleet growth plans, an aviation consultancy group said.

29
Jan

Last ditch airport

By Conrado R. Banal III | Philippine Daily Inquirer

NO, it could not be, it would be quite unthinkable that the boys in the Cabinet would tell our leader, Benigno Simeon (a.k.a. BS), some outright lies – with clear intent to deceive the president of the republic.

28
Jan

Gov’t okays restructuring plan for Thai Airways

Reuters

Bangkok – Thailand’s military-led government has approved a restructuring plan for Thai Airways International PCL in a bid to restore profitability to the national carrier’s operations, a senior government official said.

28
Jan

Emirates appeals CAB decision, bats for Phl-UAE air talks

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Emirates has appealed the decision of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) denying the extension of its third daily flight for the Manila-Dubai route and is pushing for the holding of a new round of air talks between the Philippines and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

28
Jan

Gov’t intervention sought in Mactan airport project delay

BusinessWorld Online

MACTAN, CEBU -- The failure of the air force to relocate will result in an over 10-month delay for Cebu’s new air terminal unless the national government intervenes, the terminal’s builder said.

27
Jan

Etihad offers United States preclearance

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Air travellers on all Etihad Airways flights to the United States can now experience the benefits of arriving in the US having precleared US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport.

27
Jan

Cebu Pacific gets brand-new A320

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific yesterday accepted delivery of its 30th brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft which arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

27
Jan

CAB power over CEB fine ‘limited’

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The Civil Aeronautics Board  (CAB) clarified the limits of its power over a fine imposed on Cebu Pacific due to the recent Christmas fiasco in Manila, after lawmakers suggested the agency should ensure that affected passengers be compensated as well.

27
Jan

PAL to probe security breach in Kalibo

By Roy Mabasa | Manila Bulletin

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the nation’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will conduct separate probes into the serious security breach committed by ground personnel in Kalibo International Airport after it was discovered that a woman without a passport was able to fly to South Korea aboard one of PAL’s airplane.

27
Jan

Demand for Manila flights rose, thanks to Pope’s visit

BusinessWorld Online

EMIRATES AIRLINES said demand for Manila-bound flights surged in the two-week run-up to Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines.

27
Jan

Emirates weighs cut in fuel surcharge

Reuters

Dubai – Dubai’s flagship arline, Emirates, is studying whether to cut the fuel surcharge it passes on to customers to reflect recent drops in oil prices, its president said in The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper.

27
Jan

Australia and China open skies in landmark air agreement

Reuters

(Reuters) - Australia and China are allowing more flights with each other, and paving the way for new routes, in an air services pact that follows a historic free trade agreement they struck last year.

27
Jan

FAA Warns E-Cigarettes a Fire Danger in Checked Airline Bags

By Alan Levin | Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- Airline passengers should add electronic cigarettes to the list of items that can’t be stored in their checked luggage.

26
Jan

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators-AirAsia chief

Reuters

(Reuters) - Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators to streamline a fragmented safety framework and ensure common standards for aircrew training in the booming industry, AirAsia's group chief executive officer said.

26
Jan

PAL expects 5-7% growth in passengers this year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines is looking at a five to seven percent growth in the volume of passengers with the arrival of brand new aircraft and the launch of new routes this year.

26
Jan

P52.1-M fine on CebuPac to go to national treasury

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) yesterday said the P52.1-million fine imposed on Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) would not be used to compensate passengers affected by flight delays and cancellations during the Christmas holidays.

26
Jan

PAL flew almost 12M passengers in 2014

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines carried more passengers in 2014 as its fleet expanded under the previous management and it added new routes.

26
Jan

Look to Clark, other secondary airports, Philippine carriers told

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

SINGAPORE -- As competition intensifies in Asia-Pacific’s “saturated” major airports, an aircraft manufacturer identified a new way for Philippine carriers to make money: deploying smaller jets in the country’s secondary airports.

23
Jan

Philippine Airlines defers plane orders by 4 years

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) has decided to extend the delivery of close to 40 aircraft by four years.

23
Jan

Cebu Pacific’s uged to give free tickets to passengers

By Jess Diaz | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Offers of free tickets should accompany Cebu Pacific’s apology for the inconvenience it caused about 11,000 passengers during the Christmas holidays, a lawmaker said yesterday.

23
Jan

Deliveries of 38 Airbus jets on order postponed -- PAL

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) said on Thursday it would defer taking delivery of 38 Airbus jets, as it reviews operations after billionaire tycoon Lucio C. Tan resumed management control of the carrier, a senior company executive said.

22
Jan

Airlines prepare to hedge more jet fuel to lock in huge savings

By Jessica Jaganathan and Victoria Bryan | Reuters

(Reuters) - Global airlines, looking to lock in huge savings, are preparing to hedge more jet fuel to fix prices as they bet a slide in crude oil to six-year lows may peter out near $40 a barrel.

22
Jan

Air fares unlikely to fall alongside oil prices

Reuters

(Reuters) - Airlines are unlikely to cut fares following the dramatic fall in oil prices, aviation experts said on Tuesday, despite calls from politicians and consumer groups to pass on the savings to passengers.

22
Jan

Cebu Pacific Air’s CEO apologizes for flight delays during Christmas holidays

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

THE CHIEF executive officer (CEO) of the Philippines’ largest budget airline on Wednesday expressed his deep regrets before lawmakers for his company’s “operational lapses” that led to massive flight delays and cancellations during the Christmas holidays.

14
Jan

CebuPac seeks clarification on P52.1-M fine

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly listed Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei is seeking clarification on how the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) arrived at the P52.11-million fine imposed on the budget airline.

14
Jan

Cebu Pacific cancels 125 flights

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

In line with the visit of Pope Francis, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) cancelled 107 domestic flights and 18 international flights on January 15-19, 2015.

09
Jan

Airline tickets to carry terminal fee next month

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The P550 terminal fee at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals will be integrated into airline tickets effective Feb. 1.

09
Jan

Clark budget airline terminal gets funding

DOTC releases P1.2B to start construction
By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The government is spending P1.2 billion for the initial phase of constructing a P7.2-billion budget airline terminal in Clark International Airport (CIA) this year.

08
Jan

CAB scraps airline fuel surcharges

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Expect airline ticket prices to ease as early as next week as the government scraps the fuel surcharge on domestic and international flights operating in the Philippines because of the sharp decline in global crude oil prices.

08
Jan

Lower airfares seen as fuel surcharge lifted

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Airline passengers can expect lower fares this year as the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) lifted the fuel surcharge imposed by foreign and domestic airlines.

08
Jan

Airlines cancel total of 102 flights for Papal visit

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Local airlines have cancelled some 102 flights for the Papal visit.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) cancelled a total of 71 flights on January 15 and 19, 2015 to give way for the arrival and departure ceremonies of Pope Francis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

08
Jan

DOTC seeks aviation law amendment to update penal provisions

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The Aquino Administration yesterday urged Congress to amend the law regulating the airline industry, saying the existing penalties are not severe enough to deter abuses and malpractices.

08
Jan

Airlines not deterred by current fines -- Abaya

By Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

STIFFER PENALTIES are needed against airlines providing substandard service, the Transportation Secretary said, following the series of flight delays and cancellations that marred Cebu Pacific Air’s operations during the holidays.

07
Jan

Airbus making PH int’l training hub

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Philippine aviation just got a huge boost.

The world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus SAS, will soon set up an international training hub in Manila, which should boost the local aviation sector and raise the bar of pilot training in the country, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Tuesday.

07
Jan

MIAA to meet with airlines execs over NAIA arrangements for Pope Francis’ visit

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – Top officials of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will meet representatives of all airlines on Wednesday morning to finalize measures to be taken in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis.

07
Jan

Cebu Pacific faces full range of sanctions

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The government panel investigating complaints of Cebu Pacific’s (CEB) flight delays and cancellations during the recent holiday rush found “appalling numbers of delayed flights’ and ‘high absenteeism’ in its independent report.

07
Jan

CebuPac faces sanctions over delayed flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Pacific (Cebu Air Inc.) of taipan John Gokongwei is facing stiff sanctions over widespread complaints of flight delays and cancellations during the holiday season.

07
Jan

Cebu Pacific may face franchise revocation

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES’ largest budget airline will face a “full range of sanctions” -- including fines and a revocation of its franchise -- after nearly three-fourths of its flights before, during and after Christmas day were delayed or canceled, the Transportation department said on Tuesday.

06
Jan

DOTC keen on privatizing Naia operations by 2016

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation and Communications wants to move forward with the privatization of operations and maintenance of the busy Ninoy Aquino International Airport before President Aquino steps down in 2016.

06
Jan

DOTC set to bid out NAIA maintenance contract

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to bid out the operation and maintenance of the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) within the year.

06
Jan

Lawmakers file request to probe flight cancellations on Christmas

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LAWMAKERS have formally filed a request for a probe into flight cancellations before, during and after Christmas day, seeking to hold the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and airlines for the “dismal service” given to passengers.

06
Jan

PH, Taiwan to expand air agreement

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

The Philippines and Taiwan are seeking to expand bilateral air services agreement as part of measures to boost weak tourist arrivals from Taiwan, which now ranked seventh from what used to be the country’s fourth largest source of tourists.

06
Jan

Editorial: DOTC’s plan for Clark airport

Manila Bulletin

Since the great debate last August on what to do about the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila, a great deal of planning and decision-making has been taken by our officials.

05
Jan

ANA to expand ASEAN network this year

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to expand its Southeast Asian network in 2015 by launching new destinations and expand partnerships.

05
Jan

Cebu Pac eyes Italy as 1st Europe destination

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is gearing up for its first ever flight to Europe as it is now seeking permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to Italy.

05
Jan

House to probe airport fiasco

By Gil Cabacungan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The House committee on transportation will conduct a hearing on Cebu Pacific Air and the holiday fiasco at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, which left thousands of passengers complaining about flight cancellations, overbooking and bad customer service.

05
Jan

Cebu Pacific Air seeks gov’t permission for flights to Italy

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC AIR has asked the government permission to use seat entitlements for a Manila-Italy route unutilized by Philippine Airlines, a document from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

27
Jan

More slots at NAIA sought for new airlines

BusinessWorld Online

A RECENTLY formed airline has asked the air service regulator to allot slots at Manila’s airport for new entrants to the aviation industry.

27
Jan

Clark airport operator cites turnaround in 2013

BusinessWorld Online

CLARK International Airport Corp. (CIAC) swung to a net income of P44 million last year from a net loss of P7 million in 2012, partly on higher traffic, the state firm said in a statement yesterday.

27
Jan

Cebu Pacific seen headed for some turbulence

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air’s planned long-haul expansion, which may include points in Australia and the Middle East, is expected to open up opportunities for growth, but the airline should expect near-term losses here given stiff competition, aviation consultancy firm Capa-Center for Aviation said in a report.

24
Jan

Tony Fernandes named Airline Industry Leader of the Year

The Philippine Star

tony-fernandez-james-meylerDUBLIN – AirAsia’s Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes has been named “Airline Industry Leader of the Year” for pushing the boundaries of the aviation industry at the 4th annual Aviation 100 Awards which was held in Dublin, Ireland Wednesday

24
Jan

PAL in code-share talks with Japanese airline

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is negotiating with Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. for a code-share arrangement, as talks for the latter to invest in PAL had been shelved for now, its top official said.

24
Jan

PAL starts flights to Haneda in Japan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start flying to Haneda Airport twice a day starting March 30, allowing travelers an alternative air gateway to Japan, a statement on Thursday showed.

24
Jan

Hong Kong Express Airways Plans 12 New Destinations by Year-end

By Rachel Butt | Bloomberg

Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd., backed by China’s HNA Group, plans to expand its flight network to 20 Asian cities this year, as it seeks to lure more cost-conscious passengers from Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293)

24
Jan

Delta profit rises after traffic, fare gains

by AP

Minneapolis – Higher fares and growing traffic helped Delta Air Lines Inc. post a bigger-than-expected profit on Tuesday.

24
Jan

PAL adds Japan gateway

BusinessWorld Online

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) has obtained rights to a fifth gateway in Japan, as it prepares to start its twice-daily flights to Haneda at the end of March, the company said in a statement yesterday.

23
Jan

Manila-Paris flights may resume

By Pia Lee-Brago | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - After almost 16 years, Philippine Airlines (PAL) may now resume its Manila-Paris flight following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the aeronautical authorities of the Philippines and France.

23
Jan

DOTC launches 2 big projects as it marks 115th year

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Construction of two major infrastructure projects started on January 22,  as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) celebrates its 115th founding anniversary this week.

23
Jan

NAIA-1 rehab starts

BusinessWorld Online

naia1-bworldonline.com-photoTHE P1.64-BILLION rehabilitation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) will start today, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said in a statement.

23
Jan

CEB cuts fares to Japan with seat sale

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) promotes travel between Japan and the Philippines with a seat sale as low as P99, from January 22 to 24, 2014 or until seats last.

23
Jan

PAL reviewing Cambodia plans -- Ang

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is reviewing plans to invest in a new Cambodian carrier, a top official of the flag carrier said yesterday.

22
Jan

What? Another study on NAIA congestion?

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

I don’t know if DOTC is just trying to dribble the ball or if someone there is making oodles of money on studies. But DOTC last week published a notice asking for bids for a consultancy contract worth P91.4 million to study how they can ease the congestion in all the four terminals of NAIA.

21
Jan

Capa upbeat on PH aviation industry

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine commercial aviation business is seen to improve further this year as dominant budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air acquires Tigerair Philippines, cutting down competition and stemming eroding margins, a report by Center for Aviation showed last week (Capa).

21
Jan

More flights cancelled by ‘Agaton’

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines – A total of 38 domestic flights had to be cancelled yesterday as tropical depression “Agaton” continued to pour heavy rains over the Mindanao provinces of Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Surigao.

21
Jan

Storms weigh on Cebu Pacific’s 2013 passenger volume

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC missed its 15-million-passenger target in 2013, based on data posted on the Web site of the Gokongwei-led airline.

20
Jan

CAAP taps Aussie, Filipino firms to install new flight guidance system at NAIA

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has tapped the joint venture of Indra Australia Pty. Ltd. and Philcox Philippines Inc. to install navigational guidance system at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

20
Jan

CebuPac to take delivery of 8 Airbus aircraft this year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) expects the delivery of eight Airbus aircraft this year as part of a $4 billion refleeting program to beef up its existing fleet of 48 aircraft.

20
Jan

LT in talks with foreign firms for sale of PAL stake

By Neil Jerome C. Morales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Tobacco and airline magnate Lucio Tan is in talks with foreign companies interested to acquire 51-percent stake in flagship carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).

20
Jan

Budget carrier to get new planes

BusinessWorld Online

ZEST Airways, Inc., which operates budget carrier AirAsia Zest, will receive two new Airbus A320s by next month, its top official said on Friday last week.

17
Jan

PAL set to resume flights to Paris

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has inked a new air agreement with France that would allow national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to resume flights to Paris after 16 years, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) reported yesterday.

17
Jan

Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand extend ties with code share deal, NZ flights

Reuters

Singapore-Airlines-Air-New-Zealand-extend-ties-photoby-edgarSu-reuters(Reuters) - Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) and Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ) have deepened ties in a partnership on shared codes and flights that could divert some traffic from Australia, potentially adding to pressure on loss-making Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX).

17
Jan

Aviation safety audit starts next week

BusinessWorld Online

FEDERAL Aviation Administration (FAA) officials will be in the Philippines next week to conduct an air safety audit that would pave way for local airlines to expand services to a number of countries.

17
Jan

More flights to France

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES and France have expanded their air service agreement, adding yet another European country to the list of locations where local airlines may operate.

17
Jan

SkyJet Airlines’ new plane arrives

Manila Bulletin

17 skyjetLocal airline company SkyJet Airlines has announced the arrival of their new plane. According to Dino Reyes-Chua, SkyJet Airlines’ President, a fleet of 2 British Aerospace BAE-146 Jet (80-seater) will be utilized to service the underserved routes in the air transportation industry.

17
Jan

Air France increases direct services to SEA

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

With larger capacity aircraft and increased flight capacity during the 2014 summer season, Air France is increasing its service to Southeast Asia.

17
Jan

Etihad Airways to double flights to NY

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will double its flights between Abu Dhabi and New York City, introducing a second daily service from March 1, 2014.

15
Jan

Global passenger traffic in Nov. posts 3.1% growth

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The world’s airports reported an overall passenger growth of 3.1% in November driven mainly by international traffic, which saw an increase of 4%, while domestic traffic grew modestly by 2.2%.

15
Jan

Airbus tops Boeing in new orders but lags in deliveries

Reuters

15 airboToulouse – Airbus posted an industry record of 1,619 new airplane orders in 2013, pushing its backlog to almost nine years of production, and said it was examining the potential for a two-stage increase in production of its most popular jets.

14
Jan

AirAsia: Region’s best managed for two consecutive years

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

14AIRASIAInternational magazine Euromoney named AirAsia Berhad ‘Best Managed company in Asia for the Airlines & Aviation sector’ for the second consecutive year based on an industry poll of 93 equity analysts at the largest investment banks and research houses in Asia Pacific.

14
Jan

Clifford to lead IATA in Asia-Pacific

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association has appointed Conrad Clifford as Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific. Clifford joins IATA on February 1, 2014 and will be based in its Asia Pacific Regional Office in Singapore.

13
Jan

Airlines to move to NAIA-3

BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT will transfer a number of foreign airlines’ operations from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) to Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) in April to alleviate congestion in the older terminal.

13
Jan

DOTC rebids consultancy contract to optimize use of NAIA runway

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

naiaMANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is rebidding a contract for a consultant to help map out a plan to reduce traffic in the runway and decongest the 32-year old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

13
Jan

Phl to hold air talks with France, NZ, S’pore

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

pq2kMANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is set to hold air talks with France, Singapore, and New Zealand in the first quarter of the year, a ranking official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

13
Jan

Cebu Pacific sees passenger drop in November

BusinessWorld Online

cebu-pacificBUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific saw passenger volume fall in November last year, according to data posted on the airline’s Web site -- a drop one company official blamed on typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that tore through central Philippines that month.

10
Jan

Consultants wanted for project to decongest NAIA

BusinessWorld Online

Ninoy-Aquino-International-Airport-NAIATHE TRANSPORTATION department seeks bids for a consultancy contract worth P91.4 million to increase the airside capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a project seen to ease the congestion in all the airport’s terminals.

10
Jan

Exclusive: Singapore Airlines-Tata Indian jv orders Airbus A320s - sources

By Siva Govindasamy | Reuters

singapore-airlines-reuters(Reuters) - Singapore Airlines has chosen Airbus's A320 (AIR.PA) to launch its new Indian joint venture with Tata Sons TATA.UL, scoring a victory over rival Boeing (BA.N) as the airline market in Asia's third biggest economy shows signs of a revival.

10
Jan

SkyJet Airlines has a new president

Manila Bulletin

10dino-chuaYoung Businessman-Politician Hon. Dino Reyes-Chua was named as the new president of Magnum Air (SkyJet) Inc. This was formally announced last December during the company’s corporate meeting of Skyjet Airlines by Dr. Joel Mendoza who will remain as Chair & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company after relinquishing his post as President to Chua.

10
Jan

CebuPac eyes flights to Israel

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is seeking the green light from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to Tel Aviv in Israel to service pilgrims going to the Holy Land.

10
Jan

Etihad appoints new Philippine GM

Manila Bulletin

10Juan-TorresEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Juan Torres, a Spanish, as General Manager for the Philippines.

09
Jan

CEB to acquire Tigerair Philippines, forges alliance with Singapore LCC

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

cebupac-tigerair-allianceTwo of the region’s biggest budget airlines – Tigerair and Cebu Pacific (CEB) – have forged a deal to create the largest low-cost carrier (LCC) network between Asia and the Philippines, top executives disclosed during yesterday’s teleconference.

08
Jan

Competition concerns raised over potential Cebu Pacific takeover

BusinessWorld Online

cebu-pacific-airAN AVIATION consultancy sees budget carrier Cebu Pacific’s potential acquisition of Tiger Airways Philippines (Tigerair) as a “win-win” for both airlines but has raised concerns about how this may influence long-term competition.

07
Jan

Air talks with France set next week

BusinessWorld Online

20140106500c0THE GOVERNMENT plans to expand the country’s air service agreement with France next week, a senior air service regulator said.

06
Jan

CebuPac plane blocks Legazpi City’s airport runway

By Rhaydz B. Barcia | The Manila Times

LEGAZPI CITY: Flights in the Legazpi City Domestic Airport were suspended on Monday after a Cebu Pacific airplane blocked the runway, forcing the passengers to deplane in the middle of runway.

03
Jan

SilkAir adding Kalibo to its local points

BusinessWorld Online

SILKAIR (Singapore) Private Limited is poised to fly out of Singapore to Kalibo next quarter, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines said in a statement e-mailed to media yesterday.

02
Jan

CAAP OKs use of cell phones, other gadgets on Phl flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

l4fbMANILA, Philippines - Airline passengers can now use their cellular phones and play “Candy Crush” on their gadgets while onboard an aircraft, as the Civil Aeronautics Board eased the guidelines on the use of transmitting portable electronic devices (TPED).

02
Jan

New Year’s day marks 100 years of commercial aviation

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

IATA-Dir-Gen-CEO-Tony-TylerThe International Air Transport Association (IATA)  invited everyone with interest in aviation to join a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation on January 1, 2014.

02
Jan

Asia-Pacific passenger traffic posts 6.7% growth in November

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Asia-Pacific region’s carriers registered a 6.7% increase in international passenger numbers to a combined total of 18.2 million in November, with continued regional economic confidence supporting both business and leisure travel demand.

31
Jan

DOTC relents on Mactan airport bidding

By: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Mactan-Cebu-International-AirportThe Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is expected to relax the restriction on companies with stakes in airlines from bidding for the Mactan-Cebu international airport project.

31
Jan

7-11 To Sell AirAsia Tickets

By: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Passengers availing of Philippines’ AirAsia promo seats and other online purchases can now pay via any of 7-Eleven’s over 800 stores nationwide, open 24 hours daily.

31
Jan

EVA Air Among World’s Safest

By: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Taiwan-based EVA Air has been ranked as one of world’s 10 safest airlines by Germany’s AERO International Magazine.

31
Jan

Malaysia Airlines set to join oneworld

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Malaysia Airlines has started the final countdown towards joining the oneworld global airline alliance on Feb. 1.

31
Jan

Etihad to launch flights between Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will launch daily flights between the airline’s home-base of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

30
Jan

Air Passenger Bill of Rights

Posted at: BusinessWorld Online

WITH THE advent of one-peso flights and other promotional fares, travel around the Philippines and nearby Asian countries has become common among Filipinos. Almost every day, cheap fare rates and airline promos are advertised through all sorts of mass media.

30
Jan

Seven firms interested in Cebu airport deal

By: C.H.C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SEVEN FIRMS have so far formally indicated their interest in a P17.5-billion public-private partnership (PPP) project to expand and operate the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, a Transportation department official yesterday said.

30
Jan

Etihad, Sydney Opera House Partnership

Posted at: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Sydney Opera House announced a new three-year, multi-million dollar partnership.

30
Jan

Air France-KLM launches low-cost airline Hop!

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) has formed a new French regional airline unit called Hop! to respond to competition from low-cost rivals.

28
Jan

Bidders given more time to inspect Cebu airport

By: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has given interested bidders more time to conduct ocular inspection at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport by postponing the submission of qualification documents for the controversial P17 billion new passenger terminal project.

28
Jan

AirPhil eyes flights to Kuwait

By: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Low-cost carrier AirPhil Express has bared plans to start long-haul operations to the Middle East, going head-to-head with industry leader Cebu Pacific.

28
Jan

An appeal to the DoTC and airport blues

Source: BusinessWorld Online

WE ARE the new progressive Tiger economy in Asia -- with 7.1% growth. Our ratings are going up and we are near investment grade. There is renewed interest and confidence because of the new administration.

28
Jan

Pre-qualification for airport project postponed

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT has postponed the pre-qualification of prospective bidders for the P17.5-billion public-private partnership (PPP) project to expand and operate Mactan-Cebu International Airport, an official said.

28
Jan

DOTC Expanding Airports Amid Tourism Boom

By: Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- The steadily increasing local and foreign tourist arrivals and passenger traffic in Tagbilaran, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, and Pampanga have convinced the government to expand the existing check-in and pre-departure areas in local airport facilities.

28
Jan

Aviation Innovation Is A Messy Business

Posted at: Manila Bulletin

Nine years ago, Boeing Co. (BA) executives decided to take the biggest leap in airliner technology in a generation and develop the 787 Dreamliner. They promised the jetliner would burn less fuel while flying farther and offering more passenger comfort than existing models.

28
Jan

Business Travel Lifts EasyJet Revenue

Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – EasyJet posted strong growth in quarterly revenue, helped by an uplift in the number of business travellers flying with the British budget airline and fuller planes.

28
Jan

Myanma Airways Marks Inaugural Flight

Posted at: Manila Bulletin

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanma Airways, the flag carrier of Myanmar, recently  inaugurated into service, from Yangon to Mandalay, the first of two Embraer E190s leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE (NYSE: GE).

28
Jan

Airbus Wary Of 787 Problems

Posted at: Manila Bulletin

PARIS (AFP) – European aircraft maker Airbus is wary that problems which have grounded rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner could also delay the commercial launch of the A350 airliner that Airbus hopes will get it back into the long-haul game, EADS sources say.

25
Jan

MacroAsia wins Singapore Airlines catering award

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - MacroAsia Catering Services (MACS) won the prestigious Singapore Airlines Excellence in Catering Award 2011, following the results of a 12-month rating period conducted by Singapore Airlines (SQ) for all its catering service providers worldwide.

25
Jan

CAAP orders airlines to use aerobridges

By: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) ordered yesterday all airlines to use aerobridges to ensure the safety and security of passengers.

25
Jan

EU Pilots, Cabin Crew Call For Fatigue Protection, Protest Move

By: Raf Casert | Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) - Pilots and cabin crew staged demonstrations in several European airports against planned EU legislation they say could force them to fly excessive hours and threaten the safety of passengers, but critics accused them of scaremongering. 

25
Jan

Delta Mulls Frequent Flier Changes

Source: Manila Bulletin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is hinting that its frequent flier program will increasingly favor big spenders over travelers who simply rack up miles.

25
Jan

Cathay Cabin Crew Offered Retirement

Source: Manila Bulletin

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific asked its cabin crew to volunteer for early retirement as part of its cost-cutting measures to boost profitability amid a global slowdown.

25
Jan

Etihad Airways Set To Launch Daily Abu Dhabi-Amsterdam Flights

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will launch daily flights between the airline’s home-base of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

25
Jan

Japan agency: damaged battery in ANA 787 flight appears not overcharged

Source: Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top safety official said on Wednesday that the damaged battery in the All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing last week did not appear to be overcharged, although it did not rule out the possibility.

25
Jan

Immigration services in airports ordered

Source: Chrysee G. Samillano | BusinessWorld Online

BACOLOD CITY -- President Benigno S. C. Aquino III has directed the establishment of a customs immigration and quarantine (CIQ) processing center at the Bacolod-Silay and six other airports to allow the servicing of direct international flights.

25
Jan

Cebu Pacific flights rise in 2012

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific saw double-digit growth in passenger volume last year, the firm said in a statement yesterday.

24
Jan

Perks OK’d for foreign carriers

Source: BusinessWorld Online

2013012411954CONGRESS YESTERDAY ratified a bill granting tax breaks for foreign carriers, with the House of Representatives acceding to the Senate’s version of the measure.

24
Jan

Cebu Pacific Air Takes Delivery Of First A320 With Sharklets

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu-Pacific-AirCebu Pacific Air (CEB) took delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklets yesterday, becoming the first operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices in the Philippines.

24
Jan

Insight: Boeing 787 battery woes put FAA approval under scrutiny

Source: Alwyn Scott and Mari Saito | Reuters

boeing-787-battery-reutersmedia.net(Reuters) - In 2007, U.S. regulators cleared Boeing's use of a highly flammable battery in the 787 Dreamliner, deciding it was safe to let the lithium-ion battery burn out if it caught fire mid-air as long as the flames were contained, and smoke and fumes vented properly, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

23
Jan

Cathay asks crew to volunteer for early retirement

Source: AFP

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific on Tuesday asked its cabin crew to volunteer for early retirement as part of its cost-cutting measures to boost profitability amid a global slowdown.

23
Jan

Philippines seeks new air service talks

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT has shortlisted at least 10 countries that will be invited for air service talks this year, officials of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

23
Jan

Passenger rights

Source: BusinessWorld Online

Barely a month after its implementation, the Air Passenger Bill of Rights appears to be up for review, said a source from the regulatory body.

23
Jan

Cebu Pacific gets new aircraft with fuel-saving feature

Source: SunStar.comSunStar.com.ph

CEBU Pacific Air took delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklets during a ceremony in Manila, becoming the first operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices in the Philippines.

23
Jan

AirAsia Scraps Singapore Airline Plans

Source: Gaurav Raghuvanshi | The Wall Street Journal
Singapore | Reuters


AirAsia Bhd. has dropped plans to set up an airline in Singapore, citing high costs and weak market potential.

23
Jan

Cathay Pacific And Singapore Air Spruce Up Business Class Seats

Source: David Fickling & Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Singapore Airlines Ltd. are spending $207-million fitting flatbed seats and larger TV screens in business class.

23
Jan

More flights to be added on Taiwan-China routes

Source: AFP and AP, TAIPEI

The number of direct flights between Taiwan and China will rise more than 10 percent this year to 616 flights a week, an official said yesterday.

23
Jan

Southeast Asian airlines risk margins with expansion spree: DVB Bank

Source: Anshuman Daga | Reuters

(Reuters) - Low-cost Southeast Asian airlines risk jeopardizing their margins by buying too many planes too quickly, an influential aviation banker said.

22
Jan

Aviation industry headed higher

Source: C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINE aviation industry is expected to reach new heights “in the coming years,” as the country’s economy continues to strengthen and as the public seeks a faster travel through the country’s many islands, an Airbus executive yesterday said.

22
Jan

New planes to cost Cebu Pacific $300M this year

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific will spend about $300 million this year, mainly for additional aircraft, the company’s top official said yesterday.

21
Jan

DOTC urged to rethink Mactan airport bid rules

Source: Iris C. Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will likely revisit its decision preventing companies with airline interests from bidding for the multi-billion-peso contract to develop the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, a ranking government official said.

21
Jan

Cebu Pacific bullish this year

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific), the airline arm of the business empire of taipan John L. Gokongwei Jr., is bullish about the prospects of the airline industry amid intense competition, overcapacity in the domestic market, and rising price of aviation fuel.

21
Jan

AirPhil Express eyes flights to Sabah

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget airline AirPhil Express, the sister company of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), plans to mount flights between Zamboanga City and Sandakan in Malaysia’s Sabah region, representing the company’s first international flight out of the key Mindanao airport.

21
Jan

PAL urges gov’t to seek more flight rights

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has urged the government to ramp up efforts to negotiate for more flights to various countries considered as untapped or underserved markets for local airlines.

21
Jan

SEAir founders seek permit for new carrier

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SOUTHEAST Asian Airlines International, Inc. (SEAir I), the new airline formed by the founders of low-cost carrier SEAir, has asked regulators for a permit to operate international charter flights, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

21
Jan

2012 Among Aviation Safest Years

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

2012 was one of the safest years in aviation history, further reinforcing the fact that flying remains the safest form of travel.

21
Jan

DOTC Reveals New Int’l Airport In Daraga To Replace Legazpi’s

Source: Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

A new international airport will soon rise in Daraga, Albay to replace the Legazpi City Airport, which is vulnerable to prevailing weather conditions, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) revealed over the weekend.

21
Jan

US, Japan Probe On Boeing’s 787 Aircraft Reveals Blackened Battery

Source: Kyoko Hasegawa | AFP

TOKYO  (AFP) – US and Japanese experts on Friday probed the emergency landing that sparked the worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, releasing a picture showing the blackened remains of the plane’s battery.

21
Jan

Etihad Airways Records Busiest Day

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways has started the New Year by setting a record for the number of passengers carried across its worldwide network in a single day.

18
Jan

Qantas Airways Cancels Order for One Boeing Dreamliner

Source: David Fickling | Bloomberg

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) canceled one of the 15 orders it has for Boeing Co.’s 787 aircraft and added eight short-haul planes to its domestic fleet.

18
Jan

SEAIR appoints new CEO

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR) recently announced the appointment of Olive Ramos as chief executive officer (CEO). She will take over the position from Patrick Tan who has been with the company since February 2005.

18
Jan

Indon, SoKor, Taiwan flights sought by SEAir

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SOUTHEAST Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) has asked regulators for seat entitlements to South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia, according to notices from the Civil Aeronautic Board (CAB).

17
Jan

Full Utilization Of NAIA-3 Seen

Source: Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya yesterday said that executives of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp. are set to sign a $45-million negotiated contract for the supply, delivery and installation of 23 airport systems that would pave the way for the full utilization of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

17
Jan

Delta Expands Trans-Pacific Network

Source: Manila Bulletin

Delta Air Lines announced that it will add three daily flights between Los Angeles and Seattle, beginning April 8, 2013. Customers flying on Delta’s new service will benefit from connection opportunities to a comprehensive trans-Pacific network.

17
Jan

MPIC eyes int’l partner for Cebu airport bid

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), a unit of First Pacific Group of Hong Kong, is talking with a potential foreign partner to boost its bid for the P17-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport project.

17
Jan

First Pacific spreads its wings

Source: Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

With the approval of the First Pacific board of directors for the acquisition of a brand new aircraft, First Pacific CEO and MVP Group chairman Manny V. Pangilinan (shown in photo boarding his aircraft) took delivery of a Global Express business jet earlier this week, whose maiden flight will be to Vietnam. MVP has been in talks with Vietnamese officials in Ho Chi Minh to explore available business options for the First Pacific Group on various sectors that include energy and infrastructure.

17
Jan

Gov’t sets bid for NAIA expressway proj

Source: Zinnia B. Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government expects to bid out the P15.52 billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway phase II project in the first half this year.

17
Jan

World’s first Airbus A320 with Sharklets lands at Clark

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Clark International Airport became part of aviation history yesterday when the world’s first Airbus A320 with Sharklets operated by AirAsia Berhad Malaysia landed at 10:30 a.m. carrying 180 passengers from low cost carrier terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

17
Jan

JAL, ANA Ground Dreamliner Fleet

Source: Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (dpa) – Two Japanese airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787 Dreamliners for inspections after one of the aircraft made an emergency landing due to technical problems Wednesday.

16
Jan

Airline owners remain banned from Mactan-Cebu airport bidding

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is standing firm on its decision to bar companies with airline interests from bidding for the multibillion-peso contract to develop the country’s second-largest commercial airport.

16
Jan

Is DOTC hopeless?

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

The latest big news from DOTC is that they are asking for bids to help them shortlist consultants to undertake a study that will update their transport modernization plan for Metro Manila. That sounds great until you realize that it is just another study to update a previous study that most likely gathered dust in some DOTC cabinet.

16
Jan

NAIA terminals far from world-class

Source: Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star

With aviation rules being broken with ease, another government big shot soon could perish in an air accident. There again would be an air crash investigation, with pilot error and poor aircraft maintenance as the causes. Then, as with last August’s fatal crash of Cabinet member Jesse Robredo, the public outcry would subside. No action would be taken  — till the next crash.

16
Jan

Transport dep’t expects Takenaka deal this week

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT expects to sign a $45-million contract with Takenaka Corp. within the week in a bid to make Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) fully operational by yearend, the Transport chief said yesterday.

16
Jan

Gov’t keeps ban on firms from joining PPP

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is sticking to its decision to ban firms with stakes in airlines from joining in the project to expand and operate Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said yesterday.

16
Jan

Private red tape

Source: Michael L. Tan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Right before New Year’s, a physician-friend sent me a long text about new procedures pertaining to sending and claiming air cargo, which make it an ordeal. Here’s an edited version of the text:

15
Jan

Clark airport-Manila transport service opens

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) sees the launching of the dedicated bus service for Metro Manila passengers between Trinoma in Quezon City and the Clark International Airport boosting passenger traffic in the gateway in Pampanga.

15
Jan

SEAir sets rebranding to Tiger Airways

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SOUTHEAST Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) will start operating under the name “Tiger Airways” later this quarter in a rebranding effort intended to capitalize on the latter’s strong brand in East Asia, SEAir’s top official yesterday said.

15
Jan

Freight forwarders facing charges

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE TRADE department has endorsed to the Justice department the filing of criminal charges against three freight forwarders for alleged failure to deliver packages, the agency said in a statement yesterday.

11
Jan

Mactan airport traffic up 9% in 2012 due to more tourists

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

Mactan-Cebu International AirportPASSENGER traffic at the Mactan Cebu International Airport increased by nearly a tenth in the 11 months to November as a deluge of tourists took advantage of low-cost flights, data from its Web site yesterday showed.

11
Jan

Stranded in Terminal 1, Brit finds friends

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

Gary Peter AustinMANILA, Philippines - A British racehorse jockey has been staying at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Pasay City since Dec. 19 after his plane ticket was allegedly cancelled.

11
Jan

Anecdotal Airflight

Source: Ambassador Jose A. Zaide | Manila Bulletin

GUAM, WHERE AMERICA’S DAY BEGINS.  Given a choice, take the direct-flight Los Angeles to Manila.   We flew 11 hours and 40 minutes from LA to Guam; passengers kept onboard during-one-hour technical stopover (not even to duty-free) and another 3 hours 10 minutes more to Manila.

11
Jan

Nightmare on PAL flight

Source: Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

The newly inaugurated Philippine Airlines PR 119 flight from Toronto to Manila was supposed to be a quiet night of travel for many businessmen from the East Coast of the United States and Canada who preferred to take the wide-bodied Boeing 777-ER aircraft for the straight flight to Manila. But the business class passengers resting on the recliner seats woke up in the middle of the night with a nightmare when two undisciplined and uncontrollable young boys started running around the business class section thinking it was their playground.

09
Jan

Bacolod asks BI to service chartered flights

Source: Carla P. Gomez | Philippine Daily Inquirer

BACOLOD CITY—City officials are asking the immigration bureau to reconsider its decision denying the city government’s request for immigration services for chartered flights from Korea to the Bacolod-Silay Airport in January and February.

09
Jan

Small electrical fire sends smoke into cabin of Boeing 787 parked at Boston airport

Source: Jay Lindsay | The Associated Press

BOSTON - An electrical fire filled the cabin of a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 with smoke Monday minutes after passengers disembarked following a non-stop flight from Tokyo.

09
Jan

UPDATE 1-Air Berlin CEO steps down

Source: Reuters

FRANKFURT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Air Berlin's chief executive stepped down on Monday, handing over the task of bringing Germany's second largest airline back into profit to strategy chief Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.

08
Jan

AirAsia founders to launch $65 million Tune Insurance IPO by end-Feb: sources

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The founders of Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd (AIRA.KL) are expected to launch a $65 million initial public offering (IPO) of Tune Insurance Bhd by the end of February, two sources close to the deal told Reuters.

08
Jan

Clark passenger volume surges 71%

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The volume of passengers using the Clark International Airport surged 71 percent last year as budget airlines operating in the gateway continued to offer cheaper fares.

04
Jan

Delta Air Boosts Manila Flights

Source: Manila Bulletin

Delta Air Lines said it had filed a revised schedule with the Philippines Civil Aviation Bureau to increase services from Manila to Detroit via Nagoya from 5 times weekly to daily service. The 6th frequency will commence on March 5, 2013 and the increase to daily will occur on May 3, 2013.

04
Jan

Pakistan Airlines Seeks State Aid After Years of Losses

Source: Khurrum Anis | Bloomberg

Pakistan International Airlines Corp. (PIAA), the flag carrier reeling from seven straight years of losses, sought financial assistance from the government for at least a third time since 2007 to pare debt.

03
Jan

Cebu Pac sees 2-digit hike in seat capacity

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly-listed low-cost carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific), the airline arm of businessman John Gokongwei, still sees a double-digit expansion in seat capacity this year despite the collapse of the talks for the sale of its10 aircraft to US-based low-cost carrier operator Allegiant Travel Co.

03
Jan

6 DOTC execs face graft raps

Source: Michael Punongbayan | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Six officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for their alleged involvement in bidding anomalies in connection with the multibillion-peso Road Transportation Information Technology Infrastructure Project (RTITIP) for the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

03
Jan

Cebu Pacific ends talks to sell old planes

Source: BusinessWorld Online

GOKONGWEI-LED Cebu Pacific has junked a plan to sell its 10 aging Airbus A319 planes to American low-cost carrier Allegiant Travel Co. due to inability to agree “on certain terms of the transaction,” the Philippine budget carrier said in a disclosure yesterday.

03
Jan

Oman Awards $108.5-M Airport Contract

Source: Reuters

Oman has awarded US firm Hill International a two-year contract worth 41.8 million rials ($108.5 million) to supervise the expansion of Muscat's international airport, a transport ministry statement said on Tuesday. Hill International will replace Danish consulting group COWI after the ministry of transport opted not to renew a contract signed in 2008 to supervise the project.

03
Jan

China Airlines Orders 6 Boeing 777-300ERs

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

China Airlines has ordered six 777-300ERs aircraft valued at $2 billion and will become the first 777s to join the airline’s fleet.