01
Dec

PAL Holdings to consolidate airline business

BusinessWorld Online

PAL HOLDINGS, Inc. (PHI) on Tuesday announced it will acquire shares from a holding firm that owns Air Philippines Corp. (APC), a move that will consolidate the airline business of taipan Lucio C. Tan.

30
Nov

AirAsia targets next year for Philippine unit’s IPO

THE LOCAL ARM of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad is ramping up plans to raise what could turn out to be a bigger-than-expected initial public offering (IPO) next year amid strong demand.
28
Nov

CEB operates night flights from Legazpi

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the first carrier to operate night flights out of the Legazpi International Airport (LIA), hopes other airports such as Caticlan, Roxas, Naga and Dumaguete, will likewise be capable of night operations in order to ease traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) during peak hours.

28
Nov

PAL to start local, int’l flights at Clark Airport next month

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch domestic and international flights at the Clark International Airport (CRK) by the middle of next month, December 16, 2016, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), President Alexander Cauguiran announced.

28
Nov

Philippines needs 45 flights/day to hit 1M Chinese tourists target

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines needs 45 flights a day from China to hit its target of one million Chinese tourists next year, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) Route Development Team.

28
Nov

PAL set to expand global network

By Iris Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Lucio Tan-led Philippine Airlines is poised to significantly expand its network with the ASEAN Open Skies regime now in place, its top executive said during the BusinessWorld ASEAN regional forum last week.

25
Nov

Clark airport, Green City get initial P6B

By Tonette Orejas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CLARK FREEPORT—The “Build, Build, Build” mantra of the Duterte administration is not all talk, at least where it concerns the Clark International Airport (CRK) and the Clark Green City (CGC).

25
Nov

115,000 passengers hit as Lufthansa strike enters 2nd day

AFP

PILOTS at German flagship carrier Lufthansa stayed away from work for a second straight day Thursday, forcing the airline to scrap 912 flights and grounding 115,000 more passengers.

25
Nov

PAL marks a first, now uses bigger jets for Caticlan flights

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines marked another milestone by being the first Philippine carrier to utilize A320 jets for its Caticlan operations, enabling the airline to increase passenger capacity on the route in time for the Christmas peak season.

23
Nov

ASEAN transport minister cite progress in AEC 2025 vision

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cutting down the accident rate to almost zero was the rallying cry of the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Transport Ministers (ATM) who concluded their week-long meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila last Friday.

23
Nov

Richard Gomez: Cebu flights to bring tourists to Ormoc

Philippine Daily Inquirer

ORMOC CITY—Cebu Pacific’s direct flights from Cebu province will bring in more tourists to this city, which can now be reached by land, sea and air, Mayor Richard Gomez said.

22
Nov

PAL Holdings expects to be in black in Q4

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL)’s parent firm, PAL Holdings Inc., expects to be in the black in the last quarter of 2016, despite a weak showing for the first nine months.

22
Nov

Cebu Pacific offers direct flight from Cebu City to Ormoc

By Connie Fernandez, Robert Dejon | Philipppine Daily Inquirer

ORMOC CITY—Cebu Pacific Air now offers a direct flight from Cebu City to Ormoc City in Leyte.

22
Nov

PAL cool on proposed hike in fuel excise tax

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is lukewarm to a proposal of the Department of Finance (DOF) to raise excise tax on fuel, citing it could lead to a weak demand for travel.

22
Nov

PAL warns: Higher excise taxes on fuel means more expensive airfare

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is opposed to a plan to increase fuel excise taxes, saying this will increase overhead costs by the “billions” of pesos, and likely result in less demand for air travel.

21
Nov

PAL Holdings income plummets 57% on weak cargo sales

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

PAL Holdings Inc., the operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, saw earnings fall by more than half in the first nine months of the year, as revenues came in weaker than expected due to lower cargo sales.

21
Nov

PAL expects Q4 to be profitable

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) expects to end the year with higher revenues, despite a continued downtrend in the third quarter, amid stiff competition and the “lean season” for the airline industry.

17
Nov

PAL hosts gathering of AsPac airlines

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines will host this year’s 60th Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

17
Nov

International carriers seek master plan for new airport

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging the government to finalize the master plan for the development of an international airport, which will cater to the Metro Manila region as passenger traffic in the country is expected to continue to grow.

17
Nov

DOTr launches anti-corruption portal

By Romina Cabrera | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The public can report incidents of corruption within the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through an online portal launched recently.

17
Nov

New Naia: No more long passenger queues

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Passenger processing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) is about to get faster after global aviation IT and communications company SITA won a three-year contract for Terminals 1 and 2.

17
Nov

Air transport group urges PH to finalize aviation master plan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is urging the government to finalize an aviation master plan for the Metro Manila region to help provide stakeholders a long-term vision of the country’s air sector.

17
Nov

Dragonair hikes Clark-HK flights

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Dragonair is increasing its Clark to Hong Kong flights to six times per week beginning next month.

14
Nov

Ensure hassle-free air travel, gov’t told

By Charissa M. Luci | Manila Bulletin

The House Committee on Transportation is counting on air transport agencies to put in place contingency measures to alleviate air traffic congestion during the Christmas season.

14
Nov

PAL to soar to greater heights – Tan

By Iris Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – At 83, tycoon Lucio Tan isn’t about to slow down just yet.  Tan is planning for even bigger things for his airline, Philippine Airlines (PAL), which always has a special place in his heart.

14
Nov

PAL to buy 10 Bombardier aircraft

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – National carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is set to acquire up to 10 new small aircraft from Bombardier Inc.

14
Nov

Duterte considers Sangley as 2nd low-cost airport

The Philippine Star

The current Sangley airport in Cavite may become another low-cost carrier airport like Clark that would serve the Calabarzon area in addition to becoming the general aviation hub.

14
Nov

Cebu Pacific opens regional office in Korea

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific has opened an office in South Korea to promote and expand its presence in the region.

11
Nov

PHLPost issues stamp to mark 75th anniversary of Philippine Airlines

Manila Bulletin

A commemorative postage stamp marking Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) 75th anniversary was presented by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)to PAL Chairman Dr. Lucio C. Tan and PAL President Jaime J. Bautista in a ceremony last November 8 at the Villamor Airbase Grandstand, Pasay City.

11
Nov

Cebu Pacific profit doubled in first 9 months

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Air Inc., operator of budget airline Cebu Pacific Air, saw profit double in the first nine months of the year, led by strong passenger volume, higher ticket prices and lower fuel costs.

11
Nov

Philippines AirAsia to develop Palawan hub

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINE affiliate of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad is looking to develop its hub in Palawan to offer direct international flights next year, its country chief executive said.

10
Nov

Cebu Pacific opens regional office in Seoul

Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) opens Tuesday its regional office in South Korea as part of its regional promotion and expansion.

10
Nov

PAL to accept delivery of 8th Boeing aircraft in December

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines recently acquired its seventh Boeing 777-300ER and will accept delivery of its eighth unit by December this year, allowing the flag carrier to increase its flights to North America.

08
Nov

IATA: Passenger demand rebounds in September

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

In the wake of terrorist threats, global passenger demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), grew 7 percent this September versus the same period in 2015, the strongest year-over-year increase in seven months, International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures showed.

08
Nov

BCDA takes back Clark airport dev’t

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) will get back the development of Clark International Airport, which will be redesigned to accommodate an expanded terminal, as the state-owned agency spearheads major government railway projects for easier connection to Clark.

08
Nov

AsPac carriers fly more passengers in September

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Asia-Pacific based airlines flew more international passengers in September driven by robust growth in the ASEAN market, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported.

07
Nov

IATA: Stronger air freight growth posted for September

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global air freight demand, measured in Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.1% year-on-year, the fastest growth registered since the 2015 US West Coast seaports strike disrupted the market, according to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) data.

07
Nov

PAL eyes Delta Airlines tie-up

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is proposing a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines, one of the “big three” carriers in the United States, in step with a plan to broaden its US operations.

04
Nov

PH eyes air services accords with Qatar, New Caledonia

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

The Philippines may push for bilateral air services agreement with Qatar and New Caledonia to capture the huge overseas Filipino market in these territories.

04
Nov

New Tokyo-Cebu direct flights to start in December

The Philippine Star

TOKYO – The Department of Tourism (DOT) last week clinched a deal that would further open central Visayas to the Japanese market.

03
Nov

Creation of Davao Int’l Airport Authority endorsed in House

By Ben R. Rosario | Manila Bulletin

A House of Representatives committee has recommended the approval of a bill that will create the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA) amd take charge of the operation of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, more popularly known as the Davao International Airport (DIA) in Davao City.

03
Nov

Gov’t to start rehab of Sangley airbase

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government plans to “jump-start” the rehabilitation of the Sangley Airbase in Cavite, which would serve as a possible transfer site for general aviation activities that are now still based in the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

02
Nov

SMC picks Bulacan for airport plan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Seattle, Washington— San Miguel Corp.’s ambitious plan to build a new international airport serving Metro Manila made a comeback—not along reclaimed land in Manila Bay as previously floated, but in nearby Bulacan province, a government official said.

02
Nov

Low-cost carriers spreading wings over the Atlantic

AFP

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Low-cost carriers are spreading their wings across the Atlantic, much to the chagrin of the major airlines now forced to serve new destinations and cut fares.

02
Nov

CAAP confident PH will be able to maintain safety aviation rating

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Seattle, Wash – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is confident of maintaining the country’s safety and aviation ratings with the US and Europe.

27
Nov

CAAP blames airlines for airport congestion

By Jess Diaz | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Aviation and airport officials blamed domestic and foreign airlines yesterday for the ground and air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

27
Nov

Cebu Pacific to fly to Guam

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, has announced that it will start flying to Guam on March 15, 2016, as it targets Filipinos who now comprise about a quarter of the Pacific island’s population.

27
Nov

Cebu Pacific to fly to 1st US destination in March

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific Air on Wednesday said it will mount flights to its first US destination -- Guam -- in March, targeting the significant Filipino community in the island.

26
Nov

PAL in talks with Airbus, Boeing to buy as many as 12 aircraft

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) is in talks with Airbus Group SE and Boeing Co. to buy as many as 12 wide-body aircraft and will decide on the purchase before the end of the year, the flag carrier’s President Jaime Bautista told Reuters.

23
Nov

SIA, Lufthansa groups enter into partnership

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Lufthansa have signed a wide-ranging partnership agreement to jointly operate key routes between Singapore and Europe, significantly expand codeshare ties, and deepen commercial cooperation.

23
Nov

PAL in a good position to expand US flights–Capa

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer
‘Flag carrier close to buying A350-900 planes’

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is banking future growth on more long-haul international flights, which include a possible fourth United States destination via Chicago with the addition of new planes, regional think tank Capa-Center for Aviation said.

23
Nov

CAAP, Singapore explore areas of aviation cooperation

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

THE CIVIL AVIATION Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said it eyes to ink next year an agreement with Singapore’s aviation regulator to strengthen search-and-rescue exercises between the two countries and facilitate pilot training.

23
Nov

PAL passenger volume to grow 20% this year: CAPA report

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

AN AVIATION think tank said Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) is on track to grow its passenger volume by an annual 20% this year, and will have more opportunities to boost its long-haul operations in late 2016.

13
Nov

‘Use Subic for canceled flights’

By Sheila Crisostomo | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flights canceled due to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit can use the airport in Subic.

13
Nov

CAAP sets flight rules for Nov. 17-20

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

AIRLINE PASSENGERS should expect flight delays from Nov. 15 to 20 due to restricted movements of aircraft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to accommodate the visiting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders.

11
Nov

Flights cancelled for APEC hit 1,364

By Rudy Santos and Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 1,125 domestic and 239 international flights before and during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila have been cancelled.

11
Nov

PAL cancels 358 more flights for APEC

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, INC. (PAL) canceled additional 358 flights from Nov. 15 to 21 to give way to economic leaders arriving in Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

11
Nov

Passenger volume grows

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Cebu Air, Inc. reported a 13.5% year-on-year increase in the number of passengers it ferried in September, propped up by higher capacity of its local and international flights.

10
Nov

No Philippine carrier in Star Alliance for now

BusinessWorld Online

STAR ALLIANCE, the world’s largest alliance of airlines, said it will not accept a local carrier for now, especially Philippine Airlines, Inc. because it may “cannibalize” existing members.

10
Nov

FlyDubai considers Manila route

Bloomberg

MIDDLE Eastern discount carrier FlyDubai said it’s evaluating plans to enter the low-cost long-haul market while avoiding a clash with Gulf heavyweight Emirates, the world’s biggest international airline.

09
Nov

Strong passenger traffic demand continues in Sept.

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global passenger traffic results for September showed solid demand growth compared to the same period last year for domestic and international traffic, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) data.

09
Nov

Congestion even in air traffic

By Marichu A. Villanueva | The Philippine Star

There seems to be no end to controversies and scandals in government even as President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III and his team have barely eight months left before bowing out from office on June 30 next year. Known as a gun enthusiast who enjoys target-shooting as pastime, President Aquino is now trying to dodge issue on alleged “laglag-bala” modus operandi allegedly by a few unscrupulous personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) engaged in “planting bullet” on unsuspecting passengers.

06
Nov

Direct flights from South Korea arriving in Bacolod next month

By Danny Dangcalan | The Philippine Star

BACOLOD City, Philippines – At least 16 direct flights from Incheon, South Korea will start arriving at the  Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental on Dec. 20.

05
Nov

PAL, Air Asia cancel 300 flights for Apec

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Air Asia Philippines cancelled nearly 300 domestic and international flights in anticipation of disruptions in runway operations on the week of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit.

04
Nov

Airbus to boost A320 production capacity

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Airbus is further increasing its production rate of the Single Aisle Family to 60 aircraft a month in mid-2019 to match ongoing high demand for its bestselling A320 planes.

04
Nov

Local airlines cancel total of 600 flights during APEC meet

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Local airlines cancel total of 600 flights during APEC meetGiving way for arriving and departing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders for the November 16 – 20, 2015 Manila summit, local airlines have to date cancelled 596 flights originally scheduled within the duration of the event.

28
Nov

Budget airline unveils AirAsia Asean Pass

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

AirAsia, the region’s largest low-cost carrier, has unveiled its own air pass called the AirAsia Asean Pass, which will enable travelers to utilize pre-purchased credits to book flights at a fixed-rate across selected routes throughout ASEAN.

28
Nov

CEB cooperates with PNP to catch cyber-criminals

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), is cooperating with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group to apprehend fraudsters who pose as the airlines’ official sales agents and initiate fake transactions on its behalf on Facebook.

28
Nov

Asiana replacing fleet with A350XWB

Manila Bulletin

Asiana Airlines (OZ) recently announced that it will be replacing its fleet with the next-generation Airbus A350XWB aircraft in 2017.

28
Nov

Saudia Airlines to increase flights to PH

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Expecting double-digit growth in its Philippine market and the rest of Southeast Asia next year, Saudia Airlines, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), opened on November 26, 2014 its new office in the country at the Zuellig Building, Makati City.

28
Nov

PAL minority snubs Lucio Tan’s buyout bid

By Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

MINORITY shareholders of PAL Holdings, Inc., the listed parent of Philippine Airlines (PAL), snubbed a bid by the airline’s owner Lucio C. Tan to buy them out.

27
Nov

Saudia seeks doubling Manila-SA flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Saudia Airlines is planning to double its current daily service from Manila to Saudi Arabia starting next year, citing the growing importance of the Philippines in terms of trade and tourism.

27
Nov

Airline merger approved

BusinessWorld Online

THE SENATE approved on Wednesday the joint resolution approving the transfer of the controlling stake of what was formerly Asian Spirit Airlines to Zest Airways, Inc. in 2008, and AirAsia, Inc., in 2013.

27
Nov

Airlines eye tech partners to tap customer data

By Victoria Bryan | Reuters

(Reuters) - Airlines are seeking to work more closely with travel technology companies to mine customer data for ways to generate more revenue beyond ticket sales, emulating other industries already using such methods.

26
Nov

Cathay pacific and dragonair post 5%growth in oct. passenger traffic

Manila Bulletin

Combined Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair passenger traffic in October 2014 posted a 5 percent growth as the volume of cargo and mail increased by 14 percent compared to the same period last year.

26
Nov

Cebu Pacific to offer direct flight to Hawaii in 2015

By Matikas Santos | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Cebu Pacific will expand direct flights to the United States via Hawaii by mid-2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Tuesday.

25
Nov

European skies reform remains years away despite decade of effort

By Victoria Bryan | Reuters

ANTWERP, Belgium, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Implementation of a much-delayed single air traffic zone for Europe remains years off because of resistance from unions and individual European Union states, industry representatives said on Friday.

25
Nov

Cebu Pac, Tiger Airways post 2-digit growth in Jan-Oct passenger volume

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and low cost carrier Tiger Airways Philippines recorded a double-digit growth in passenger volume in the first 10 months of the year.

24
Nov

AirAsia Zest to fly to S’pore from Cebu, Kalibo

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier AirAsia Zest, jointly-owned byAirAsia (Philippines) Inc. and Zest Airways Corp., is set to mount flights to Singapore from Cebu and Kalibo as part of efforts to expand the airline’s international destinations.

24
Nov

AirAsia eyes additional South Korea flights, opposed

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The domestic unit of Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad is optimistic it will be allowed to increase flights to South Korea even after its request for limited seats was opposed by Air Philippines Corp., a sister company of Philippine Airlines.

21
Nov

Airbus to deliver first A350 jetliner around December 12

Reuters

(Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus aims to deliver the first A350 jetliner to launch customer Qatar Airways by mid-December, the airline said on Tuesday.

21
Nov

Pangasinan pushing for upgrades to Sual port, Lingayen airport

BusinessWorld Online

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The provincial government is pushing for the development of a commercial airport and seaport project with the aim of easing the transport of goods, boosting tourism, and attracting investments.

21
Nov

Air transport challenges for Asia Pacific listed

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Continuous safety enhancement, cost-efficient infrastructure and environmental responsibility count among the critical factors for Asia-Pacific’s airline industry, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

21
Nov

AirAsia profit falls, revenue up in Q3

AFP

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia-based AirAsia, the region’s biggest low-cost carrier by fleet size, said Wednesday its third-quarter net profit plunged a year-on-year 85 percent due mainly to higher financing costs.

20
Nov

OFWs advised to ship boxes by air to avoid delays at ports

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) should consider shipping their balikbayan boxes by air due to the lingering congestion in the ports of Manila.

20
Nov

Reports of plane crash leave officials clueless

By Freddie C. Velez | Manila Bulletin

Paombong, Bulacan – Reports have come from all over this province about a large aircraft that was about to crash Tuesday night.

20
Nov

CEB, Smart tie up for mobile data service

By Emmie Abadilla | Manilla Bulletin

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) have signed a strategic partnership to enable tourists visiting the country to stay connected with  friends and family back home via the country’s largest broadband network.

19
Nov

PAL, AirAsia Zest seek add’l seat entitlements to Malaysia

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) of taipan Lucio Tan and low cost carrier AirAsia Zest are seeking more seat entitlements for flights between Manila and Kuala Lumpur to cope with a growing number of passengers.

19
Nov

Smart partners with CebuPac

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Communications Inc. of dominant carrier Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has tied up with budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) to allow tourists to stay online and connected while traveling around the Philippines.

19
Nov

Jetstar counts the cost of prolonged delay in Hong Kong take-off

By Siva Govindasamy | Reuters

(Reuters) - Jetstar Hong Kong has sold six of its nine new Airbus A320s and many of its pilots have either quit or been redeployed - all before the budget airline's first commercial flight.

19
Nov

Why airfares keep rising despite tumbling oil prices

AP

New York – US airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don’t they share some of the savings with passengers?

18
Nov

PAL in the red as Lucio Tan returns

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The listed owner and operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines remained unprofitable in the third quarter of 2014 as tycoon Lucio Tan returned to the carrier’s helm.

18
Nov

Turkey to support Mindanao peace process

By Aurea Calica | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino and visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu agreed yesterday to boost cooperation in Mindanao peace and development and in containing the threats posed by the Islamic State.

18
Nov

Revenues from new routes help narrow losses of Philippine Airlines’ operator

BusinessWorld Online

INCREASED revenues from new routes helped cut net losses of PAL Holdings, Inc., the operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), the company said in a disclosure on Monday.

17
Nov

Tacloban airport transfer controversy deepens

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications appears bent on moving the location of the Tacloban Airport after it was devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” despite a meeting just months before suggesting talks were heading in a different direction.

17
Nov

CEB on track with 17-M passenger target in 2014

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) is on track with its 17 million passenger target for 2014.

17
Nov

PHL, NZ sign airline code-sharing deal

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES and New Zealand signed on Friday amendments to the two countries’ 2007 air services agreement allowing both countries’ airlines to expand code-sharing operations.

17
Nov

PAL seeks European partner

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) plans to seek a European partner for a seat-sharing agreement to increase its Manila-London flights, its newly installed president, Jaime J. Bautista, said on Friday. “We don’t have a European codeshare partner yet, so we are looking for one; this will help us increase our Manila-London flights,” Mr. Bautista said. PAL intends to increase its London-bound flights to once daily from the current five times a week. -- CJVDP

17
Nov

Vietnam Airlines raises $52M from IPO

AFP

Hanoi – Vietnam Airlines Friday said its long-awaited IPO had been ‘’a success,” raising more than $52 million for the national flag carrier, control of which remains firmly in state hands.

17
Nov

Boeing loses to Airbus in PH aircraft market

By Bernie Magkila | Manila Bulletin

American aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing is losing out to competitor Airbus  in the Philippine aviation market having accounted a dismal 4 percent market share out of total 141 commercial aircraft being used today by local airlines.

17
Nov

SAUDIA announces new Makati corporate office

Manila Bulletin

In line with its mission statement to be a world-class airline, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has  moved its Corporate Offices and City Ticket Office (CTO)- Makati to a new and better location to further improve its services to its growing number of valued clientele.

17
Nov

FedEx expands retail network in Philippines

Manila Bulletin

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced the expansion of its retail network in the Philippines. Customers can now ship through FedEx Authorized Ship Centers in 313 strategically-located 2GO Express and Universal Storefront Services Corporation (USSC) outlets nationwide.

17
Nov

Thai Airways appoints new president

Reuters


Bangkok – Thai Airways International has appointed Charamporn Jotikasthira, former president of the Thai stock exchange, to lead a turnaround of the loss-making flag carrier.

14
Nov

China to develop wide-body passenger jets

AFP

Shanghai– China is seeking suppliers to develop its own wide-body passenger plane over the next decade, industry executives told AFP, expanding its ambitions and rivalry with Boeing and Airbus.

14
Nov

Airbus says wins FAA safety approval for new A350 jetliner

Reuters

Nov 12 (Reuters) - Planemaker Airbus said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had given safety approval to its newest and most technically advanced airliner, the A350.

13
Nov

Qatar Airways’ first A380 super-jumbo lands in Doha

Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways’ celebratory inaugural launch of its first A380 super-jumbo took place in Doha recently in the presence of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Minister of Finance and chairman of Qatar Airways Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Group chief executive of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker, ministers, sheikhs and ambassadors.

13
Nov

AirAsia plans $500M infusion in PH operations

Philippine Daily Inquirer

AirAsiaMANILA, Philippines–Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad, one of the region’s biggest budget carriers, is investing another $500 million to expand its Philippine operations should the group gain a long-delayed approval from Congress to consolidate its local business, its top official said on Wednesday.

13
Nov

SIA rules out full Tiger Airways takeover

Reuters

Singapore– Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) is not currently considering a full takeover of partly owned low-cost carrier Tiger Airways, even though it is raising its stake in the firm, the parent’s chief executive Goh Choon Phong said.

12
Nov

3-day PAL Travel Fair at PNB

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is offering 50 percent off promo international and domestic fares, along with tour packages, during next week’s “PAL Travel Fair in PNB” from November 14 to 16, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the banking hall of PNB Financial Center, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City.

11
Nov

Rehabilitation of Tacloban airport just halfway done

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Rehabilitation of the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport in Tacloban City remains halfway done a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroyed the aviation facility and limited its operation.

11
Nov

Report: Airlines push for delayed European skies reform

Reuters

Paris, France— Airlines urged the European Union on Thursday to press ahead with plans to merge national air corridors, rekindling debate about a reform that risks confrontation with air traffic controllers over safety and jobs.

07
Nov

‘Excess’ jets to tip PAL back in red

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc.’s (PAL) listed parent company could end 2014 in the red, and book more losses through next year, if it fails to dust off and get to fly the “excess” jets that were a legacy of the San Miguel group, independent aviation think tank Center for Asia-Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said.

29
Nov

Possible Phl aviation safety upgrade to Category 1 moved to Jan next year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The possible upgrade in the country’s aviation safety rating that would allow airlines from the country to expand and mount additional flights to the US has been deferred to January.

29
Nov

CebuPac extends rebooking period

Philippine Star

Cebu Pacific has extended the free rebooking period for Tacloban passengers from Dec. 31 to Jan. 15, 2014

29
Nov

Australia may lift curbs on airlines’ foreign ownership

Reuters


Sydney (Reuters) – Australia’s treasurer said the government could lift foreign ownership restrictions or provide government support to Qantas Airways Ltd. to allow the airline to compete better against domestic rival Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., the Australian Financial Review reported on Wednesday.

29
Nov

US judge clears stalled airline merger for takeoff

By David Koenig | AP Airlines Writer


A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to complete their merger and create the world’s largest airline.

28
Nov

Manila is world’s 10th highest LCC seat capacity

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Manila ranked as the 10th city in the world with the highest low cost carrier (LCC) seat capacity after New York, according to global travel technology provider Amadeus.

28
Nov

AirAsia CEO eyes new Airbus orders

Manila Bulletin

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malaysian airline AirAsia Bhd is talking to Airbus about buying more of its wide-bodied A330 jets for its AirAsia X long-haul subsidiary, but would buy even more if Airbus decided to launch a version with more powerful engines, Chief Executive Tony Fernandes is quoted as saying in an interview in Tuesday’s edition of Les Echos.

28
Nov

Japanese airlines stop obeying China’s air zone rules

Agence France-Presse

JAL-787TOKYO—Japanese airlines said Wednesday they had stopped following rules set by China when it unilaterally declared the right to manage the skies over the East China Sea.

28
Nov

Cebu Pac says $4-B refleeting program on track

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is on track with its $4 billion fleet renewal program amid the delay in the processing of its petition for the lifting of a ban preventing the low cost carrier from entering the European airspace.

28
Nov

FAA audit reset to January

BusinessWorld Online

THE COUNTRY will have to wait until mid-January for a possible rating upgrade from the US Federal Aviation Administration, a senior Philippine official said, as the FAA will conduct its audit next year instead of this December.

26
Nov

German, American relief workers rescued from plane crash

By Dino Balabo | The Philippine Star

MALOLOS CITY , Philippines   – Fishermen rescued a German and an American relief workers after the helicopter carrying them crashed in Manila Bay off Bulacan Sunday afternoon.

26
Nov

Phl air traffic up 4.6% in 9 mos

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Volume of passengers travelling by air climbed 4.6 percent in the first nine months of the year on the back of higher volume of international passengers, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) reported yesterday.

25
Nov

Incheon cleared for Cebu airport bidding

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The transportation department is allowing South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corp. to participate in next week’s auction for the expansion and operations of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport after it decided that the company did not enjoy any “undue advantage” as alleged by a rival group.

25
Nov

CEB to launch direct flights to Nagoya

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is expanding its services in Japan by launching direct flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita) and to Nagoya on March 30, 2014.

25
Nov

Ready to cede control

BusinessWorld Online

ZEST AIRWAYS, Inc., operator of low-cost carrier AirAsia Zest, has asked lawmakers to approve an equity sale deal that will give control of the Yao-led carrier to AirAsia, Inc. Zest Air President and Chief Executive Officer Alfredo M. Yao told reporters over the weekend that he submitted to the House of Representatives “a few days ago” his formal letter of intention to sell a portion of his shares in Zest Air

22
Nov

NAIA congested; 7 planes diverted to Clark Airport

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Due to air traffic congestions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), at least seven commercial planes were diverted to the Clark International Airport (CIA) the other day (November 20).

22
Nov

AirAsia to get six planes from Malaysia

BusinessWorld Online

LOW-COST CARRIER AirAsia, Inc., the operator of AirAsia Philippines, will receive six aircraft from its Malaysian parent this quarter in a bid to bolster the group’s presence in the country.

22
Nov

Clark Airport eyes higher fire safety rating

BusinessWorld Online

CLARK International Airport hopes to receive the highest fire safety rating upgrade from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the third quarter next year, a top official said.

22
Nov

Cebu Pac flights to Europe expected to start next year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John L. Gokongwei Jr. has to wait until March next year to enter European air space as efforts are currently focused on the relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

21
Nov

CAAP sees Category 1 upgrade next week

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

caap-logoMANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is confident that the Philippines will finally get an upgrade of its safety rating from the US Federal Aviation Administration (US-FAA) as early as next week which would allow airlines from the country to expand and mount additional flights to the US.

21
Nov

Budget route for China Airlines?

By Joanne Chiu | The Wall Street Journal


Hong Kong – China Airlines Ltd. is set to become Taiwan’s first carrier to join Asia’s booming low-cost aviation market, and will make its plans public as early as December, the airline’s chairman said.

21
Nov

Emirates to seek more landing rights

By Asa Fitch (Dow Jones)

Emirates Airline ordered 200 new airplanes worth $99 billion from Boeing and Airbus at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday. Now the fast-growing airline needs to ensure it has enough landing rights for all those aircraft, not to mention hundreds more it previously ordered.

19
Nov

PAL eyeing BOI tax incentives

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines, the country’s largest full-service flag carrier, is seeking clarifications with the Board of Investments if its ongoing massive refleeting and expansion program would qualify for income tax holiday granted by the agency to investors.

18
Nov

DOTC seeks consultant for airport operations

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines — The government is improving the runway operation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) aside from rehabilitating its passenger terminals in anticipation of the increase in passenger arrivals predicted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

18
Nov

PAL posts P1.55-B loss in first half of fiscal year

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

PAL Holdings, the parent company of carriers Philippine Airlines and PAL Express, reported a consolidated total comprehensive loss of P1.55 billion for the first six months of its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 as lower revenues offset P1.6 billion in foreign exchange gains.

18
Nov

Emirates widens gap, builds dominance

By Robert Wall, Julie Johnsson & Andrea Rothman | Bloomberg

Emirates-A380-AircraftEmirates is preparing to draw a line in the sand of this year’s Dubai Air Show.

The carrier is set to place the biggest order yet in aviation history in coming days, in a commitment the company has called “enormous,” for as many as 150 upgraded Boeing Co. (BA) 777X planes. Already the largest long-haul airline, such a purchase would set Emirates further apart from rivals and secure its position as the dominant carrier for the next generation.

18
Nov

Government confirms partial Air New Zealand sale

Agence France-Presse

air-new-zealandWELLINGTON, New Zealand — The New Zealand government confirmed Sunday the partial sell-off of national flag carrier Air New Zealand to local and offshore institutions.

18
Nov

Budget carrier seeks US permit renewal

By L. C. S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

cebu-pacificGOKONGWEI-LED Cebu Air, Inc., operator of low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific, has asked the United States to renew its permit to operate to some points there through partner airlines.

15
Nov

DOTC staining Phl image in Europe

By Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star

There’s an office at Ninoy Aquino International Airport mightier than the general manager’s. Called Pass Control, it holds sway over who is to live or die. So beware, passengers who would need land ambulance pickup at the country’s foremost — and world’s worst — airport.

15
Nov

New airport will help Boholanos

Philippine Daily Inquirer

This is in connection with Jose Taganahan’s suggestion to shift funds set aside for the construction of a new Bohol airport (“Shift funds for planned airport to rebuild Bohol,” Letters, 10/13/31). The project is long overdue; it has been in the pipeline for 20 years. What thinking Boholanos should do instead is to urge government to make this project a priority.

15
Nov

PAL settles two-year labor dispute

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) has entered into a settlement agreement with its labor union, ending a two-year dispute over the flag carrier’s decision to outsource its non-core services and cut jobs.

15
Nov

Air talks with Russia delayed

BusinessWorld Online

AIR service talks between the Philippines and Russia have been postponed following a request by the latter country to push the meeting back due to internal concerns.

14
Nov

AirAsia Zest, Tune Hotel kick off humanitarian drive for ‘Yolanda’ victims

By Maila Ager | Inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia Zest and Tune Hotel have launched a donation-relief drive for the victims of monster typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) by offering free airlift of goods and transport, as well as  free hotel accommodations for accredited  rescue, humanitarian and medical workers.

14
Nov

PAL, union forge accord

By Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Airlines (PAL) management and union have forged an agreement to end a three-year-old industrial action that followed a strike launched by the workers in protest against a controversial outsourcing scheme that resulted in more than 2,500 job cuts.

14
Nov

PAL flies gov’t rescue teams and medicines

Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) flew eight medical teams and one psychosocial team to Tacloban City, along with critical medicines and supplies, in support of the Department of Health (DOH)’s efforts to bring aid to victims of typhoon “Yolanda.”

14
Nov

US Airways, American deal seen as positive for airport debt

By Michael Connor and Lisa Lambert | Reuters

Nov 12 (Reuters) - The deal American Airlines and U.S. Airways Group struck to sell gate slots at half a dozen airports in exchange for government clearance for a merger could lift a cloud that has hung over a popular corner of the municipal bond market since late summer.

13
Nov

Yolanda to test DOTC response

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

At least two airports, based on the latest reports I have seen, have been badly damaged – Tacloban and Busuanga. Both airports have been put back into operation, barely, just enough to bring out the tourists in Coron in the case of Busuanga, and to take in relief flights and limited commercial flights from Cebu in the case of Tacloban.

12
Nov

CAAP lifts flight ban on damaged airports

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) yesterday lifted the Notice to Airman (NOTAM), or closure order, on all domestic airports affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda except the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport in Tacloban City.

12
Nov

Limited flights to Tacloban

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Monday began partial operations at the Tacloban airport to allow humanitarian flights to land.

12
Nov

Dwindling sales clip order outlook for Airbus A380

AFP

Paris - Three cancellations and not a single order this year — as Airbus announced a disappointing outlook for the once-feted A380, analysts warned that the jetliner may not go the distance.

12
Nov

Lufthansa accepts first Boeing 777 freight plane after repair

Reuters

lufthansa-boeing-737-300-reuters(Reuters) - Boeing (BA.N) has handed over to Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) its first Boeing 777F freighter plane after the aircraft maker had to carry out last-minute minor repairs to the left wing, a spokesman for Lufthansa's cargo unit said on Friday.

12
Nov

Alitalia has options other than Air France

AFP

Rome – Italy’s troubled flag-carrier Alitalia has the option to tie up with another partner if talks with shareholder Air France-KLM over its recapitalization fail, Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said Sunday.

12
Nov

How airlines use all that flier data

By Jack Nicas | The Wall Street Journal

One day soon, frequent fliers should expect flight attendants to know their birthdays, how they like their coffee, and what they’re likely to buy on board.

11
Nov

PAL resumes flight services to Tacloban

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines announced Monday morning that they have resumed commercial flight services to typhoon ravaged Tacloban City in Leyte to help passengers who were affected by the flight cancellations and to aid in the airlifting of relief goods to the area.

09
Nov

Flights cancelled, thousands stranded

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Several local and international flights as well as port operations were cancelled as Super Typhoon Yolanda – one of the strongest storms in recent years – smashed through the Visayas yesterday.

08
Nov

PH airlines cancel hundreds of flights

By Frances Mangosing | INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Airlines in the Philippines canceled hundreds of domestic and international flights on Thursday, extending through Friday, because of supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”).

08
Nov

Heathrow airport welcomes back PAL

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has chosen Heathrow over other UK airports, despite them having lower landing charges and claiming to be a viable alternative to Heathrow for new routes to emerging markets.

08
Nov

Tan set to sell PAL stake -- Ang

BusinessWorld Online

LONDON -- San Miguel Corp. is close to having a new partner in Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL), with tycoon Lucio C. Tan expected to complete a deal with a new investor that will allow him to drop out of the aviation business.

08
Nov

Aquino tasks DoTC to identify airport projects for completion

BusinessWorld Online

PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. C. Aquino III ordered the Transportation chief to identify which airport improvement projects can be completed by the end of his term in 2016, a Malacañang official yesterday said.

07
Nov

PALex goes long-haul with Dubai service

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PALex launched yesterday its long-haul operations with an inaugural flight to Dubai, one of the world’s most dynamic cities and the PAL Group’s second gateway in the United Arab Emirates.

07
Nov

Airlines must make concessions to merge

By David Koenig and Pete Yost

Washington (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder says American Airlines and US Airways must make broad concessions if they want to settle a lawsuit blocking their proposed merger.

06
Nov

DOTC eyes new int’l airport in 2027

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at putting into operation a new international airport by 2027 with the joint development of the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga as the number of passengers is expected to more than triple by 2040.

06
Nov

PAL resumes non-stop flights to UK

By Millet M. Mananquil | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Pinoy pride soars higher at the World Travel Market (WTM), the biggest global event for the travel industry, with the return of Philippine Airlines to London last Nov. 4.

06
Nov

PAL lands in London after 15 years

By Doris C. Dumlao | Philippine Daily Inquirer

LONDON—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) resumed commercial flights to Europe for the first time in 15 years via Heathrow airport in London, the first of a small group of European cities that the airline plans to fly to by next year.

06
Nov

PAL Express starts Dubai flights today

Manila Bulletin

PAL Express launches today its long-haul operations with an inaugural flight to Dubai, one of the world’s most dynamic cities and the PAL Group’s second gateway in the United Arab Emirates.

06
Nov

PH mulls dual-gateway airport system

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines – Will the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) remain as the country’s sole international gateway or will the government implement a dual-gateway system?

06
Nov

DoTC to show airport system options

By L.C.S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) will present to President Benigno S.C. Aquino III today the options to prepare the country’s gateway airports for an expected passenger increase up to 2040.

05
Nov

Beer and airlines – not a good mix

By Babe Romualdez | The Philippine Star

India is buzzing with news about the dipping fortunes of liquor baron Vijay Mallya whose creditors recently padlocked his sprawling mansion located in a three-acre (1.2 hectare) spread in Goa – said to be the richest state in India – triggering a battle royale for possession of the mansion that Mallya reportedly describes as his “sacrosanct home.”

05
Nov

NAIA-1 operations to be moved

BusinessWorld Online

OPERATIONS of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) will be partially transferred to the terminal 3 (NAIA-3) in December as a contingency measure for the Christmas season, the Transportation chief said yesterday.

05
Nov

PAL says close to deal with ANA

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is close to sealing a potential partnership with Tokyo-based All Nippon Airways Company Ltd. (ANA), the local flag carrier’s top official told reporters yesterday.

05
Nov

PAL looking to add Europe flights

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) is aiming to fly to more European cities next year following yesterday’s launch of direct Manila-London flights.

04
Nov

Yao willing to give up control of ZestAir

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - AMY Holdings, the flagship firm of Ambassador and businessman Alfredo M. Yao, is willing to become a minority shareholder of Zest Airways Inc. by divesting additional shares in the budget airline to AirAsia Inc. (Philippines).

04
Nov

SkyJet Airlines finds a partner in WebsiteExpress.BIZ

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - When SkyJet Airlines chief executive officer Joel Mendoza was contemplating on choosing a partner-developer for the company’s website, he took the chance… and it paid off.

04
Nov

Cebu Pacific expands cargo business

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is expanding its cargo business in time for the Holiday season as part of the expansion of its extensive route network here and abroad.

04
Nov

Boeing to design new 777X at 5 US sites, Moscow

AFP

New York City (AFP) – Boeing said Wednesday it would design its new 777X aircraft at five US sites and in Moscow but had made no decision about using its key Washington state facilities.

28
Nov

Phl int’l passenger traffic hits 12.5 M in Jan-Sept

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) reported yesterday that international passenger traffic in the Philippines reached 12.53 million in the first nine months of the year with national flag carrier Philippine Airlines servicing more than a fourth.

28
Nov

Tourist arrivals in Palawan seen to hit 600,000

Source: Patricia Esteves | The Philippine Star

el nido-palawanMANILA, Philippines - Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn said they expect tourist arrivals to hit the 600,000 mark before yearend.

28
Nov

Subic Bay International Airport Prospers As Hub For General Aviation

Source: Mar T. Supnad | Manila Bulletin

SUBIC FREEPORT – Twenty years after the last American fighter jet took off, a new breed of jets had taken over the runway and hangars of the Subic Bay International Airport–business jets.

28
Nov

Remulla favors Sangley over Kawit-Las Pinas as new airport site

Source: Victor C. Agustin | Interaksyon.com

ramon-angCavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said he preferred Sangley Point over the reported plan of San Miguel and Philippine Airlines president Ramon S. Ang to reclaim at least 2,000 hectares of land within the Las Pinas-Bacoor-Kawit foreshore corridor as site for a new terminal to replace the overcrowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

27
Nov

Tourist arrivals up

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - International passengers arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will reach 4.5 million by yearend and continues to grow at an average 9.9 percent yearly, the government said yesterday.

27
Nov

Cathay Pacific Bans Holiday Parties

Source: Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer John Slosar told staff the carrier was facing a “very challenging year” and must reduce expenses as cabin crew seek above-inflation raises.

27
Nov

Australia Awash With Domestic Flights, Favors Riders Not The Airlines

Source: David Fickling & Angus Whitley | Bloomberg

Australia’s domestic aviation market is awash with flights, benefiting passengers rather than airlines, said the head of Qantas Airways Ltd.’s local business.

27
Nov

Iran Air Doubles Foreign Fares 90%, Sanctions Raise Fuel Costs

Source: Ladane Nasseri | Bloomberg

Iran Air increased the expense of tickets for travel outside the country by as much as 90 percent after a government decision to stop subsidizing jet-fuel prices sent costs at the state-owned carrier soaring.

27
Nov

Hawaiian Airlines Marks 83rd Anniversary

Source: Manila Bulletin

Hawai‘i’s hometown airline and the pioneering carrier of the Pacific, Hawaiian Airlines marked its 83rd anniversary of continuous service in Hawai‘i.

23
Nov

Bureau of Customs clears cargo forwarder

Source: Jerry E. Esplanada | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Bureau of Customs has cleared 2GO Express Inc., a cargo forwarder whose accreditation had been briefly revoked by the Philippine Shippers Bureau amid complaints mainly from overseas Filipino workers about undelivered balikbayan boxes.

23
Nov

Band music greets Clark Airport’s 5-millionth passenger

Source: Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – Band music struck the air shortly before midnight here last Wednesday, as officials welcomed the five-millionth passenger of the Clark International Airport (CIA) since it started operations in 2003.

19
Nov

Envoy hopeful of more direct flights from Phl to Cambodia

Source: Delon Porcalla | The Philippine Star

Cambodia-FlagPHNOM PENH – The Philippine ambassador in Cambodia is confident there will be more direct flights between the two Asian countries, apart from the current Manila-Siem Reap route, which is six hours away by land from this capital.

19
Nov

NAIA passenger volume up

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

airport-passengersPASSENGER volume at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) grew by nearly a tenth in the nine months ending September 2012 driven by rise in the number of domestic travelers amid the improving economy, official figures showed.

19
Nov

Cebu Pacific seeks OK for fuel surcharge hike

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is set to charge more for tickets to several key regional destinations to offset higher costs due to rising fuel prices.

16
Nov

CAAP corruption kills

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

“When I first read the initial results of the investigation, I felt a mixture of sadness and dismay… The pieces of evidence pointed to one thing: If some people did their job, if the rules of the industry were followed, if those involved were only faithful to their obligations, the tragedy could have been avoided.”

16
Nov

CAAP Gets Positive ICAO Reviews

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) received positive reviews during the recent validation mission conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) led by Henry Gourdji.

16
Nov

PAL Holdings trims losses

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


THE PARENT of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), PAL Holdings, Inc., narrowed its losses in the second quarter of its fiscal year, propelled by higher passenger volume and lower expenses, the company said in a disclosure yesterday.

16
Nov

Philippines, Thailand agree to increase flights

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines and Thailand have agreed to increase the number of allowed flights between key cities to support the growth in air travel in the region.

16
Nov

Australia's Qantas says to repay debt, buy back shares

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) said it will repay A$650 million in debt ahead of schedule and buy back up to A$100 million in shares as it seeks to boost shareholder returns after a slump in its share price over the past two years.

15
Nov

Cebu Air posts P538.44-million net income in Q3

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Air, Inc., the operator of budget airline Cebu Pacific, reported a turnaround in its net profits in the third quarter amid higher passenger and cargo revenues.

15
Nov

Emirates Doubles Profits To $463M

Source: Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) – Emirates airline, Dubai’s flagship carrier, reported that its profits doubled in the first half of its fiscal  year as fuel costs eased and it carried more passengers.

15
Nov

Amadeus Reports Flight Bookings Rise

Source: Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish travel technology company Amadeus said market share gains helped it overcome tough economic conditions to increase earnings in the first nine months of 2012, keeping it on track for a higher dividend this year.

15
Nov

Alpha Aviation Group Appoints CEO

Source: Manila Bulletin

tim-shattockAlpha Aviation Group (AAG), a world leader in Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training, announced the appointment of Tim Shattock as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

15
Nov

US House Passes Bill Protecting Airlines From EU Emissions Tax

Source: Jim Abrams | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress on Tuesday stepped in to protect US airlines from having to pay into a European Union (EU) program to cut emissions that its critics say is unilateral and illegal.

15
Nov

PAL, Cayman Airways Talks ‘Preliminary’

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Philippines Airlines (PAL) and one of its major shareholders, San Miguel Corporation, has proposed a multi-million-dollar investment in Cayman Airways, according to Alan Markoff of cayCompass.com, an online news service based in Cayman Islands.

14
Nov

Mastercard, PAL, AirPhil In Tie-Up

Source: Fil C. Sionil | Manila Bulletin

In a move to attract more travelers, MasterCard has teamed-up with Philippine Airlines and Airphil Express for an “unlimited period” of travel booking for both domestic and international flights using the plastic money.

14
Nov

PAL eyes stake in Cayman Islands airline

Source: Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is in negotiations to acquire as much as a 50-percent equity in the national airline of the Cayman Islands in what could be the long-awaited solution to the downgraded aviation safety status that has hounded local carriers since 2008.

14
Nov

Air Freight Demand In Asia Pacific Posts Only Slight Gain

Source: Manila Bulletin

Air freight demand in Asia Pacific region in September rose 0.6% compared to September 2011 but declined 0.6% month-on-month, eroding the small gains seen in August.

14
Nov

Philippine Consulate In HK Lauds CEB’s Iloilo-HK Direct Service

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has lauded Cebu Pacific's (CEB) direct service from Iloilo to Hong Kong which started on Friday.

13
Nov

Qantas cuts 400 engineering jobs

Source: Michael Janda | ABC News

Qantas is cutting more staff from its engineering division, with about 400 jobs set to go.

13
Nov

CEB Flies Regional From Iloilo

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Iloilo has become the one of Cebu Pacific (CEB)’s international hubs this week, welcoming its first passengers from Hong Kong and sending off its first passengers to Singapore the other day (November 9, 2012).

13
Nov

AirAsiaGo Offers Premium Taiwan Hotels

Source: Manila Bulletin

AirAsiaGo yesterday announced that it is offering eight prime hotels in Taiwan at discounted rates starting next month.

13
Nov

Aviation industry oversight committee’s term extended

Source: K.M.P. Tubadeza | BusinessWorld Online

THE TERM of a congressional oversight body has been extended by the Senate in a bid to continue with reforms in the aviation industry.

13
Nov

Emirates A380 jet returns to Sydney after engine fails

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - An Emirates Airline A380 jetliner bound for Dubai was forced to return to Australia on Sunday night when one of its engines failed soon after take-off, with some passengers reporting flames trailing from the unit.

12
Nov

Budget airlines seen expanding int’l network

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget airlines are expected to do for international travel what it did for the domestic sector, which are to bring down fares and make plane travel more accessible to millions of passengers.

12
Nov

Iloilo airport launches int’l flights

Source: Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Carla P. Gomez | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILOILO CITY—Business groups, officials and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) welcomed the opening of international flights from and to the Iloilo International Airport on Friday as a boost to travel, tourism and trade in Western Visayas.

12
Nov

Traffic rights for PAL, Cebu Pacific

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE COUNTRY’S two biggest carriers -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific -- are poised to get additional traffic rights, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) officials said on Friday.

12
Nov

Caap offers P40M a year for flight-check aircraft

Source: Recto Mercene | BusinessMirror

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is offering P40 million for a one-year contract to a company, which can provide a flight-check aircraft to calibrate some 118 navigational aids (Navaids) throughout the archipelago.

12
Nov

Thanksgiving Travel Boosting US Airlines

Source: Manila Bulletin

US airlines grappling with higher fuel and labor expenses may get a boost from Thanksgiving holiday travel, with a trade group predicting stagnation last year will give way to slight growth.

12
Nov

IAG Sets Deadline For Iberia

Source: Associated Press

LONDON (AP) – International Airlines Group on Friday warned that its Spanish carrier Iberia was “in a fight for survival’’ and unveiled a restructuring plan to cut 4,500 jobs as it reported a drop in third-quarter profit.

12
Nov

Cathay Pacific cargo volume resumes uptrend, but growth small

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (0293.HK), the world's leading international air cargo carrier, said freight traffic has resumed an upward trend thanks to Christmas orders, but the volume is still below peak levels seen in 2010.

12
Nov

India's ailing Kingfisher Airlines sees record loss

Source: AFP

India's troubled Kingfisher Airlines, which has been grounded since October, posted a record second-quarter loss on Thursday as revenues crashed, intensifying concerns about the carrier's future.

09
Nov

New Storm Cancels Northeast Flights

Source: Samantha Bomkamp | AP

NEW YORK (AP) – Major airlines were canceling more than 1,000 flights in and out of the New York City area Wednesday ahead of the second significant storm in little more than a week. United, the world’s largest airline, warned that the storm likely would cause more delays and cancellations throughout the US Northeast.

09
Nov

Emirates Not Interested In Global Groups As Rivals Pair Up

Source: Chris Jasper & Guy Johnson | Bloomberg

Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international traffic, said it sees no need to follow Gulf competitors in establishing links that could lead to membership in one of the industry’s three global groupings.

09
Nov

Aviation standards met by Feb. -- Abaya

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE INTERNATIONAL Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has committed to send personnel to guide the government as it moves to comply with international aviation safety standards early in 2013, a cabinet official said yesterday.

09
Nov

US, EU ban on Philippine carriers seen to be lifted

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is confident that Philippine airlines, whose operations in the United States and Europe are now restricted, will be able to expand in those countries next year, citing significant progress in domestic aviation safety.

08
Nov

CEB Secures BOI Tax Incentives For Acquisition Of 2 Aircraft

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Board of Investments has granted four year income tax holidays to the P2 billion aircraft modernization project of Cebu Air Inc., also known as Cebu Pacific (CEB), but requires the Gokongwei-owned budget airline to submit a profit and loss statement for each of the two planes as basis for the tax perks availment.

08
Nov

Ryanair Boosts Outlook As Fare Gain Lifts Quarterly Profit 23%

Source: Kari Lundgren | Manila Bulletin

Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest discount airline, increased fiscal second-quarter profit 23 percent and raised its forecast for full-year earnings after strong summer sales helped boost fares more than anticipated.

08
Nov

Air NZ to Halt Unprofitable Hong Kong-London Service

Source: Neil Denslow | Bloomberg

Air New Zealand Ltd. will stop its Hong Kong-London route after abandoning hope of making a profit on the service.

07
Nov

‘Colorum’ planes flying PH skies

Source: Cathy Yamsuan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

senator-lacson-inquirer.net-file-photoMANILA, Philippines—We’ve heard of colorum jeepneys and buses, but colorum airplanes?

07
Nov

CEB 2nd Most ‘Socially Devoted’ Airline In US Social Media

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific was named 2nd most “Socially Devoted Brand” in the airline industry category by Socialbakers, a leading social media analytics company. The awards event was held recently in New York, as a culmination of Engage 2012: The Socialbakers Conference.

07
Nov

Iloilo airport readies for int’l flights

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILOILO CITY—The Iloilo international airport will start hosting direct international flights on Thursday, a move seen as a “big boost” to tourism for Iloilo and Western Visayas.

07
Nov

Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines Expand Tie-Up

Source: Manila Bulletin

Deutsche Lufthansa AG may seek deeper ties with Turkish Airlines to thwart competition from Gulf rivals and match European peers that already have Mideast partnerships, analysts said after Turkish media reports of talks on a merger.

06
Nov

Gov’t To Build 3 New Airports And Expand 4 Others

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The government will build three new airports and expand the capacity of four existing ones at a cost of over P37 billion in an effort to support tourism growth and increasing passenger traffic.

06
Nov

AirAsia to open Clark – Taipei route in December

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

CLARK KL PHilippinesAirAsia1MANILA, Philippines – Philippines’ AirAsia announced on Sunday its newest route from Clark, Pampanga to Taipei and vice versa starting December 16 with an “all-in, one way” promo fare from as low as P888.

06
Nov

Singapore Airlines Profit Falls 54% as Cargo Loss Triples

Source: Kyunghee Park and David Fickling | Bloomberg

singapore-airlines-service-crew-bloombergSingapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) posted a worse-than-estimated 54 percent drop in quarterly profit after losses at its cargo unit tripled.

06
Nov

United Begins 787 Dreamliner Era

Source: Julie Johnsson | Manila Bulletin

United Continental Holdings Inc. ushered in a new era for composite-plastic aircraft with its inaugural flight using Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner jet.

06
Nov

Iloilo Airport Holds Simulation Exercise

Source: Manila Bulletin

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo) (PNA) — Personnel at the Iloilo Airport in Sta. Barbara-Cabatuan towns held a simulation exercise last Monday in preparation for the launch of international flights on Nov. 8 and 9.

05
Nov

Passengers win damage suit vs PAL

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Supreme Court has finally resolved a 21-year-old suit filed against Philippine Airlines (PAL) and a travel agency by three Chinese-Filipino traders who missed two business deals in Hong Kong after being bumped off their flight to the Chinese territory.

05
Nov

With Philippines leading regional growth AsPac online travel bookings seen hitting $91B

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsiaGo sees online travel bookings hitting $91 billion as travel in the Asia Pacific region is expected to expand by nine percent next year with the Philippines leading the growth.

05
Nov

Multibillion-peso air navigation communication project suspended

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A multibillion-peso project to upgrade air navigation communication systems to world standards has been suspended following a Commission on Audit (COA) probe.

05
Nov

Global Air Traffic Continues Slowdown

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Against a lacklustre market, global air traffic continued to slow down this September with passenger demand just 4.1% above the level of September 2011. Cargo demand was even weaker at 0.6%, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures.

05
Nov

Outsource CAAP, NAIA management

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Albert Einstein was supposed to have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is exactly how government is managing its aviation regulatory functions through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and NAIA, our premier international airport. It is time to do something different.

05
Nov

FedEx plans int'l express, cargo hub at Shanghai airport

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Shanghai Airport (Group) Co. Limited and FedEx Express (FedEx), one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, announced plans to establish the FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

05
Nov

IATA says global traffic continues to slow

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Global air traffic continued to slow in September, with the Asia Pacific region, including the Philippines, registering a decline in the international passenger market.

05
Nov

Etihad expands Airbus fleet

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced it had purchased two more Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft in a deal worth $418 million at current list prices.

05
Nov

Air Asia to launch flights between Clark, Taipei

Source: Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines  – Low-cost carrier AirAsia announced here yesterday its first regular flights between Clark and Taipei in time for the Christmas season on Dec. 16, particularly for some 100,000 Filipinos employed in Taiwan.

05
Nov

Airlines Take Extra Jet Fuel

Source: Bloomberg

Four of the five largest US airlines, a group led by United Continental Holdings Inc., are taking extra jet fuel aboard New York-bound flights to avoid any shortages after superstorm Sandy.

05
Nov

Thai Airways' new boss seeks tie-ups to counter fuel costs

Source: Marilyn Gerlach | Reuters

(Reuters) - Thai Airways will actively seek partnerships with other airlines to counter surging fuel prices, its new president told Reuters in an interview.

05
Nov

PAL asks for additional seat allocation to Australia

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

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) has asked for more seat allocations to Australia, according to a letter the company sent the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) early last month.