29
Dec

Sangley complex to ease Metro Manila traffic - ARRC

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp. (ARRC) said the proposed Sangley integrated complex would help address Metro Manila’s traffic woes as well as position the Philippines as an export hub in the Asian region.

29
Dec

Bids solicited to prepare Sangley for transfer of general aviation

BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday invited parties to bid for the P553-million Sangley Airport Development Project, with the intention of immediately decongesting air traffic in the country’s main gateway.

28
Dec

PAL beefs up fleet

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer\

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines said it had ordered six Q400 turboprop planes made by Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, valued at close to $200 million.

27
Dec

Carriers add 21 new routes in Phl

The Philippine Star

About 21 routes have been added to the portfolio of international flights to and from the Philippines this year as more airlines saw the potential of secondary gateways as viable points of entries for travelers.

27
Dec

300 flights canceled, rescheduled

By Jocelyn R. Uy | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Major airlines were forced to cancel or reschedule over 300 domestic and international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) as Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) barreled through Luzon on Monday.

27
Dec

PAL expects passenger volume to hit 13.5M

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) expects to achieve its passenger volume target for the year and looks to ferry more travellers in 2017 with new routes and increased flight frequencies, its chief executive officer said.

19
Dec

Lufthansa takes over Brussels Airlines in Eurowings expansion

By Victoria Bryan | Reuters

A deal to take over Brussels Airlines will help Lufthansa's (LHAG.DE) Eurowings budget business to double in size next year, part of the German group's response to fierce competition in the European aviation market.

19
Dec

DOT, PAL launch direct Cebu-Singapore flights

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL), the nation’s flag carrier, together with the Department of Tourism (DOT) has formally launched new direct flights between Singapore and Cebu following President Duterte’s state visit to the Asian neighbor.

19
Dec

Bus rapid transit system from BGC to NAIA to be finished by 2019

BusinessWorld Online

THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) expects to finish by 2019 its segment of the Bus Rapid Transit, which connects Bonifacio Global City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a top official said.

14
Dec

PAL looking to develop Clark as new hub

By Imee Charlie C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is looking to develop Clark as a new hub, as it targets to expand its operations with more flights and new routes amid challenges expected next year.

14
Dec

CEB adds 2 more routes to Bicol, MIMAROPA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

To build a presence in the MIMAROPA and Bicol regions, Cebu Pacific is launching two more routes starting February 15, 2017 – daily flights between Manila and Masbate and four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) flights between Manila and Tablas.

13
Dec

Cebgo to mount flights from Manila to Masbate and Romblon

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific is planning to mount direct flights from Manila to Masbate and Tablas in Romblon starting February next year.

08
Dec

Cebu Pacific carries 5% more passengers

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Passenger volume of Cebu Pacific and wholly owned subsidiary Cebgo grew five percent to 16 million from January to October compared with the previous year’s 15.22 million.

08
Dec

PCC approval sought for PAL, Air Philippines consolidation

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

PAL HOLDINGS, Inc. (PHI) is seeking the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) approval for its planned acquisition of shares from the holding firm that owns Air Philippines Corp. (APC), as tycoon Lucio C. Tan’s group consolidates its airline businesses under one company.

07
Dec

Cebu Pac seen getting bigger planes

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget airline Cebu Pacific Air is evaluating the acquisition of larger long-range aircraft, including Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, which would allow access to the lucrative nonstop Philippines-United States market, think tank Capa-Center for Aviation said.

05
Dec

Cebu Pacific looking into Hawaii, Melbourne flights

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC may offer additional flights to Australia and the United States as part of efforts to expand its international network, its chief executive officer said.

02
Dec

PAL said to expand international network in next 2 years

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is planning on expanding its international network further in the next two years, according to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), adding more flights to Australia, China, the US and Europe.

28
Dec

PH to host Routes Asia 2016 in March

By Samuel Medenilla | Manila Bulletin

More than a thousand foreign delegates from major airline companies are expected to arrive in the country which will host for the first time what is regarded as the biggest aviation meeting in Asia in a bid to expand its air connectivity in the tourist market.

23
Dec

CAB grants CEB more route entitlements

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin
To UAE,Taiwan, and Russia

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), in a recently concluded board meeting, granted additional entitlements to Cebu Pacific (CEB), for international routes from Manila to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from various points in the Philippines to Taipei and Kaohshiung in Taiwan and from Manila to key destinations in Russia.

23
Dec

Mar wants to turn Clark into premier airport

By Jess Daiz | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas will turn Clark International Airport in Angeles City into a premier airport if he wins the presidency, Pampanga Rep. Oscar Rodriguez said yesterday.

23
Dec

CebuPac long-haul unit seen turning profitable in 2016

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU Pacific Air may see its long-haul unit become profitable next year as operations mature, think tank Capa-Center for Aviation forecast in a report.

22
Dec

PAL, Cebu Pacific ban ‘hoverboards’ over safety concerns

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

HOVERBOARDS are among the must-have gadgets this Christmas, just make sure to leave them at home before your next flight.

22
Dec

Cebu Pacific, PAL ban hoverboards

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc. and Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) have disallowed passengers from bringing “battery-operated personal transportation devices” on board their aircraft for safety reasons, following similar moves from carriers worldwide.

21
Dec

Cebu Pacific reaping benefits of offering long-haul flights

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is reaping the benefits of offering long-haul flights as Australia and the Middle East were among its fastest growing routes in the first nine months.

21
Dec

Etihad adds more Abu Dhabi-Manila flights

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways is boosting services on the Abu Dhabi and Manila route by adding three flights per week next year.

21
Dec

Cebu Pacific eyes more flights from Davao hub

By Carmelito Q. Francisco | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Budget airline Cebu Pacific is looking at maintaining an 85% load factor for its newly launched Davao-Singapore twice weekly flight.

17
Dec

PAL mounts flights to Papua New Guinea

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is set to launch flights to Papua New Guinea on Friday (Dec. 18), as it expands in the Oceania region.

16
Dec

Local airlines face profit squeeze amid glut in seats

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE LOCAL airline sector will see challenging profit margins in the medium-term given the recent surge in seat capacity, think tank Capa Center for Aviation said in a report Tuesday.

16
Dec

Catarman airport sustains heavy damage, says CAAP

By Kristine Felisse Mangunay | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE STRONG WINDS brought by Typhoon “Nona” (international name: Melor) caused “heavy” structural damage to an airport in Northern Samar province on Tuesday.

11
Dec

Emirates Plans to Fly A380 to Guangzhou to Compete in China

By Daniela Wei | Bloomberg

Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, plans to deploy Airbus Group SE A380 jumbo jets on routes to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou as it tries to differentiate its offerings to fend off Chinese rivals.

11
Dec

United Airlines to stop flying to Dubai

Reuters

United Airlines on Wednesday said it will cancel flight service between Washington and Dubai starting in late January, meaning no U.S. passenger carrier will fly direct to the Gulf states.

10
Dec

Clark, PAL to discuss plans of launching regular flights

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is set to hold formal talks with Philippine Airlines for the flag carrier to consider launching regular domestic and international flights at the airport here.

08
Dec

PAL moves San Francisco flights to NAIA-1

By Rudy Santos, Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  The Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced yesterday that its flights from San Francisco, California will disembark at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) starting today until March 24, 2016.

07
Dec

Lower fares boost airline traffic in October

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Stimulated by lower fares, particularly for leisure travel, global passenger traffic for both domestic and international markets grew strongly this October, compared with the year-ago period.

07
Dec

PAL weighs choice of aircraft for 5 add’l planes worth $1 billion

By Fil C. Sionil | Manila Bulletin

Auckland, New Zealand – The Philippines will decide before Christmas from which manufacturer it will buy the additional five airplanes estimated to be worth over $1 billion. It is a toss between Toulouse-based Airbus and Seattle-based Boeing.

07
Dec

Flag carrier’s new Manila-Auckland flight cuts travel time to just 10 hours

By Sam L. Marcelo | BusinessWorld Online

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- A new route launched by Philippine Airlines (PAL) cuts travel time to Auckland, New Zealand, by about seven hours. Prior to the flag carrier’s 10-hour Manila-Auckland flight (which includes a one-hour layover in Cairns, Australia), a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud took anywhere from around 17 hours -- at best -- to a day, depending on connecting flights and stopovers.

07
Dec

PAL mulls move to Clark as it counts cost of NAIA congestion

BusinessWorld Online

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) said its losses reach around $1,800 (around P84,000) for every 30-minute delay in its flights due to the runway congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.

07
Dec

Aviation agency hoping to fill air traffic control staffing gap

BusinessWorld Online

THE CIVIL Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said aviation professionals remain in short supply due to lucrative offers to work overseas, with staffing for air traffic controllers (ATC) around one-third of the estimated requirement.

29
Dec

Another Malaysian airliner missing

162 aboard Indonesia-to-Singapore flight
By Associated Press (AP)

AirAsiaJakarta, Indonesia — In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore.

29
Dec

AirAsia Zest plane blocks Tagbilaran runway

Flights to Bohol cancelled
By Raymund F. Antonio | Manila Bulletin

Flights going to and from Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol were cancelled Sunday after a disabled aircraft of AirAsia Zest obstructed the runway of the airport.

28
Dec

CebuPac draws ire of Bayan Muna solon

By Ben Rosario | Manila Bulletin

A review of the legislative franchises granted to airline companies in the country loomed following the public outcry over alleged abuses committed by firms against their passengers that usually occur during the holiday rush.

28
Dec

Cebu Pacific offers full refund to passengers in airport chaos

By Nestor Corrales | INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—After the chaotic and hellish situation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) on Dec. 24 and 25 that stemmed from delayed and cancelled flights, Cebu Pacific has offered a refund to its affected passengers.

27
Dec

Chaos, flight delays hound Naia

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

naia-chaosLong lines of passengers, delayed and canceled flights, people sitting on stools and on floors, and an Israeli man yelling at airport personnel demanding they pay him back for their incompetence.

23
Dec

Air talks expected with Singapore, Australia, two others in 1st half

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES is set to negotiate new air service agreements with four countries next year in a bid to expand routes that represent growing markets, an official from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said on Monday.

22
Dec

Qatar Airways to receive first A350 December 22

AFP

Paris – The first delivery of Airbus’s next-generation Airbus A350-900, to Qatar Airways, is to take place December 22, the European manufacturer announced Friday.

22
Dec

Building air bridges between Muscat and Manila

By Tricia V. Morente | Manila Bulletin

aa12‘You never say never,” confidently answers Paul Gregorowitsch, the CEO of Oman Air, when asked about the airline’s plans to expand to other Philippine routes outside Manila. The flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an official 4-Star Airline (Skytrax 2011), Oman Air recently made its inaugural journey from Muscat to Manila last December 2, offering three direct flights a week

22
Dec

DOTC rolls out P116.2-B bundled contract for 6 airports

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) started yesterday the search for a concessionaire to develop at the same time operate and maintain six provincial airports in a contract worth P116.2 billion.

22
Dec

Biz Buzz: More Cebu airport kinks

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The moolah has been raised and the remaining opposition to the takeover of the Mactan Cebu International Airport project by GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) has been quelled. But it seems that the much-awaited construction of a new airport terminal will again be delayed (by at least half a year under the most optimistic scenario).

22
Dec

Emirates seeks another 30-day extension for 3rd Mla-Dubai flight

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Emirates is seeking another 30-day extension for its third daily flight between Manila and Dubai amid strong opposition from national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) and budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific).

22
Dec

Airlines Compete to Become First in First Class

By Scott McCartney | the Wall Street Journal

Abu Dhabi

121714lunchmidseat 960x540There’s an arms race in the air fought with butlers, chefs, gold-plated cutlery, Chanel toiletries and private beds for couples.

19
Dec

Airfare rollback endorsed by CAB

By Elinando B. Cinco | Manila Bulletin

A top official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has endorsed a price rollback of airfare of domestic carriers in a media interview last week. His endorsement is anchored on the already multiple fuel price reductions made by oil companies that have benefitted consumers and industries.

19
Dec

Garuda Indonesia newest member of 5-Star Airlines

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Garuda Indonesia has been named the newest member of the exclusive group of 5-Star Airlines by Skytrax, the world’s leading airline and airport review specialists.

19
Dec

New threats highlighted in comm’l aviation’s tragic centenary year

Reuters

Geneva – Airlines need co-operation from governments to address security threats raised by aviation disasters this year, but would like to see a quicker relaxation of economic controls, Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association, said.

18
Dec

Passengers may now pay CEB tickets online with PayPal

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Tickets aboard Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) can now be bought through PayPal, a global leader in online payment, with over 157 million customers in 203 markets around the world.

18
Dec

Planned 3rd Naia runway junked; new terminal eyed

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The construction of a third runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now a remote possibility after an airport expert hired by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) advised against it.

17
Dec

Gov’t eyeing another NAIA terminal

By Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato | BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) is thinking about establishing a new terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to go with a new runway designed to accommodate more flights, Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” A. Abaya told reporters on Tuesday.

17
Dec

Emirates pushes for increased connectivity between Phl, UAE

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Emirates is pushing for increased air transport connectivity between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the back of the growing travel demand from entrepreneurs, executives, and international travellers.

17
Dec

Declining oil prices impact on global logistics industry

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The decline in oil prices over the past 12 months has had a major impact on most sectors of the global logistics industry in terms of cost base, according to Thomas Cullen of Transport Intelligence (Ti).

16
Dec

Global passenger traffic grows 4.9% in first 10 months

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The accumulated passenger traffic for the first 10 months of 2014 grew by 4.9 percent. For the month of October alone, passenger numbers grew by 6% year over year, according to the Airport Council International (ACI).

16
Dec

6 provincial airports bundled into PPP

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday rolled out its next airport public-private partnership (PPP) deal, which involves the bundling of major provincial airport projects valued at P116 billion.

15
Dec

PH airlines out of EU blacklist

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The European Commission last week released an updated list of airlines banned from operating in its airspace and it no longer includes Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air.

15
Dec

PAL issues Tacloban flights advisory on Papal visit

By Ariel Fernandez | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) passengers flying to or from Tacloban on January 17, 2015 are advised to rebook their tickets as Tacloban airport will be closed to all commercial flights during Pope Francis’ visit to the storm-ravaged city.

15
Dec

ICAO okays work program to keep passengers safe from conflict zone risks

Manila Bulletin

The third meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) task force on risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones (TF-RCZ) has approved a work program designed to keep passengers safe from conflict zone risks  wherever they fly and regardless of their airline of choice.

15
Dec

DHL to launch first Asia Pacific innovation center in Singapore

Manila Bulletin

Deutsche PostDHL, the world’s leading logistics company, is to open an Asia Pacific innovation centre in Singapore next year to pioneer sustainable solutions to keep world trade on the move. With an initial investment of S$10million (€6 million), the Asia Pacific Innovation Centre (APIC) in Singapore will be the first centre for innovative logistics services and solutions in the region.

12
Dec

NAIA 3 and 4 closed to arriving flights on Pope’s visit

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 4 will be closed to arriving flights due to the closure of roads during Pope Francis’ visit next month.

12
Dec

Additional flights slated in Western Visayas

By Tara Yap | Manila Bulletin

Iloilo City – Before the year ends, there will be additional commercial flights in Western Visayas region, a development which elates Atty. Helen Catalbas, Regional Director of the Department of Tourism in Western Visayas (DOT-6).

12
Dec

Emirates expenditures in PH hit $99.2M

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Emirates Airline reported a total of $99.2 million in direct expenditures in the Philippines as it ends its 2013-2014 financial year.

12
Dec

IATA hikes airline profit forecast as oil slumps

Reuters

Geneva – Falling fuel prices and stronger economic growth mean global airlines will report their strongest profit margin in more than five years in 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

11
Dec

PAL taps Smart for mobile payment app

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Passengers can soon use their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to book and pay for their flights via credit and debit cards to electronic cash even in sari-sari stores and convenience outlets nationwide.

11
Dec

No to UAE air talks – PAL, CEB

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The leasing unit BDO Unibank Inc. could now proceed with its P25-billion fundraising after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) simultaneously approved the company’s two separate debt issuances.

11
Dec

Local airlines oppose new air talks with UAE

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Local carriers are strongly opposing the planned air talks between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled early next year as Middle Eastern airlines continued to dominate the Manila and UAE routes.

10
Dec

Airline profits seen rising 73% to $19B due to lower oil

Bloomberg

North American airline earnings will climb 73 percent to $19 billion in 2015, bolstered by lower jet fuel costs, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst forecast.

10
Dec

American Airlines plans $2-B upgrade of planes, clubs

Associated Press

DALLAS – American Airlines says it will spend more than $2 billion to make its planes more pleasant for passengers, the latest salvo in a competition among carriers to attract high-paying frequent fliers.

10
Dec

PAL, Smart to offer ticket booking app

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the group of businessman Manuel V. Panglinan-led have sealed a partnership—not for an investment deal—but for a project to jointly develop a ticket booking app for smartphones and tablet computers.

10
Dec

Naia Terminal 3 finally starts full operations

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Finally, the controversial Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 began to operate in full swing and serve foreign air carriers on Thursday night, more than a decade after legal issues had mothballed its rehabilitation.

09
Dec

DHL unveils new intra-Asia express air freight

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

DHL Express has unveiled a new intra-Asia express air freight service to connect the economies of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong, through Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong respectively.

09
Dec

In November Air freight’s strong performance continues

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The steady growth of world trade and business activity continued to boost air cargo, with demand, measured in freight ton kilometers (FTK), rising 5.4% last month  versus the same period in 2013.

09
Dec

Typhoon ‘Ruby’ disrupts air and rail services

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The operations of airlines and railways operating in Metro Manila were disrupted by Tropical Storm “Ruby.”

08
Dec

DOTC resumes bid process for NAIA runway optimization

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to short list the prospective bidders for the runway optimization project for the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) while the proposed P2.4- billion parallel runway is still under evaluation.

08
Dec

List of cancelled flights on December 7, 2014 due to Ruby— Naia-Miaa

By Aries Joseph Hegina | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) forced the cancellation of the following flights for Sunday, December 7, 2014.

08
Dec

PAL and pan de sal

BusinessWorld Online

WHAT IS IT LIKE flying the new Philippine Airlines (PAL)?

Of course PAL is the oldest Asian airline; it’s only new because of the changing of the guard. Or in fact, what passengers are going to encounter is the old PAL, for its control and management have returned to Lucio Tan. Old or new, PAL is expected to improve services.

05
Dec

CAB starts probe of Emirates’ activities

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Rivals turned temporary allies Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have turned up the heat on Dubai’s Emirates, one of the world’s biggest air carriers.

05
Dec

PAL, CEB ask CAB to stop Emirates’ additional flights

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) have formally asked the government to stop foreign carrier Emirates in operating seven weekly flights on the Dubai-Manila-Dubai routes.

04
Dec

Cargolux expands Vietnam cargo services

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Responding to shippers’ demand for additional air freight space, Cargolux will expand its cargo services to Vietnam with the introduction of a second weekly flight to Ho Chi Minh City and a fourth frequency to Hanoi.

04
Dec

Asia-Pacific airlines await further oil price decline before hedging

By Jessica Jaganathan and Anshuman Daga | Reuters

SINGAPORE, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Airlines in Asia-Pacific are holding off from hedging their fuel costs as they wait for oil to dip below $70 a barrel in hopes of securing lower prices, industry executives said on Friday.

04
Dec

Oman Air wants daily flights for Manila-Muscat route

BusinessWorld Online

OMAN AIR is seeking daily flights for its Manila to Muscat route after successfully launching on Tuesday its Muscat-Manila service, its country manager said yesterday.

03
Dec

Transport department plans to offer ‘bundled’ airport O&M deals this month

BusinessWorld Online

THE TRANSPORTATION department said it will offer six airport concession contracts in bundled form under the public-private partnership (PPP) program, with bid invitations expected within the month, though the exact combination of airports to be included in the two potential bundles will be determined after consultations.

03
Dec

Emirates denies PAL, CebuPac claims

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Dubai-based Emirates denied yesterday the accusations made by local carriers led by national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) and budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) that it is mounting excessive flights between Manila and Abu Dhabi.

27
Dec

Airlines to earn record profits next year – IATA

Bloomberg

Airlines will post record earnings next year as a wave of consolidation and streamlining prompted by the global slump helps rein in capacity and support prices, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

26
Dec

YEARENDER: A seesaw year for Phl aviation

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

axstMANILA, Philippines - The Philippine aviation industry had its “ups and downs” in 2013 as local airlines, both full service and low cost carriers, eye and gear up for more long-haul destinations in 2014.

26
Dec

Tigerair to focus on Clark next year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier Tiger Airways Philippines is set to focus its resources on transforming the Clark International Airport in Pampanga to complement its operations at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

26
Dec

Asiana Airlines names new CEO

Bloomberg

26 asianacapAsiana Airlines Inc., South Korea’s second-biggest carrier, named a new chief executive officer (CEO) to replace Yoon Young Doo, who headed the company when one of its planes crashed while landing in San Francisco in July.

26
Dec

Budget carrier plans Japan flights

BusinessWorld Online

TIGER AIRWAYS Philippines (TigerAir) plans to start flights to Japan by the second quarter of next year, a top company official said, after the low-cost carrier received flight frequency allocations from the commercial aviation regulator.

24
Dec

P1.3-B NAIA 1 rehabilitation awarded to D.M. Consunji

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

2100The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) Bids and Awards Committee yesterday awarded the P1.3-billion civil works contract for the NAIA 1 rehabilitation project to D.M. Consunji, Inc.

24
Dec

Asian Airlines create regional budget partnerships

Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s budget carrier Scoot and Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. formed partnerships in Taiwan, Thailand and India as demand for budget travel grows across Asia.

24
Dec

CEB mounts Clark-Shanghai flights

Posted in Manila Bulletin

24 cebLow Cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air has started on December 21 the twice weekly Shanghai-Clark-Shanghai flights at Clark International Airport in a bid to attract more Chinese tourists to visit the Philippines.

23
Dec

Airlines eye shift in basis of cargo fuel surcharge

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Airlines in the Philippines are looking at changing the way they calculate their cargo fuel surcharge wherein forwarders and shippers are expected to shell out more, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) disclosed over the weekend.

23
Dec

Heads must roll over NAIA shooting — solons

By Charissa Luci | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines — Airport officials should be held liable for the security lapses that led to the death of four people, including a mayor from Zamboanga del Sur, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 last Friday, lawmakers said on December 22.

19
Dec

Tan, SMC to finalize PAL stake sale next yr

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Negotiations for the sale of the majority stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) are expected to be finalized by next year.

19
Dec

Budget airlines Crowd Asia

The Wall Street Journal

tigerairairasiacebupacAsia’s skies are about to become more crowded. At least 10 new budget carriers are expected in the region by the end of next year, expanding fare choices for consumers but squeezing airline profit margins even more.

19
Dec

Budget carrier cites better volumes

BusinessWorld Online

TIGER AIRWAYS Philippines saw its revenue passenger-kilometer (RPK) rise last month from a year ago as it flew more passengers during the same periods, according to data the budget carrier e-mailed to reporters yesterday.

17
Dec

Tigerair stops Manila-Phuket flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Tigerair Philippines “temporarily” ended flights from Manila to Phuket, Thailand on Sunday, after only three months of operations, as the low passenger volume to the Thai beach hotspot made the route unprofitable, a company official said.

17
Dec

China Airlines, Tigerair agree to set up Taiwan budget carrier

AFP

tigerairSingapore3 – Singapore budget carrier Tigerair and Taiwan’s China Airlines said Monday they would set up a new no-frills airline to tap growing demand for cheap travel in Asia.

17
Dec

Emirates rules out financial lifeline for Qantas

AFP

qantas-airlinesSydney (AFP) - Emirates president Tim Clark said he is carefully watching developments at alliance partner Qantas, but ruled out throwing a financial lifeline to the embattled Australian flag carrier, in comments reported on Monday.

16
Dec

Phl, France ink design pact for Clark terminal

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and France are set to sign a memorandum of agreement for the plan and design of the P7.2-billion terminal at the Clark international airport in Pampanga.

16
Dec

Is DOTC finally moving?

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Finally, a bit of good news! I texted DOTC Sec Jun Abaya to ask him the status of the work Japanese contractor Takenaka was supposed to do in NAIA 3. It took a while to convince the Japanese company to agree to the terms of a contract offered by DOTC for the completion of Terminal 3.

16
Dec

AirAsia Zest flights now available via Amadeus

Manila Bulletin

Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, announced that AirAsia Zest flights will now be available to travel agencies in the Asia Pacific using its system.

11
Dec

DoTC to open bids for MCIA tomorrow

By L.C.S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) announced yesterday that it will open the financial proposals for the first airport public-private partnership (PPP) project on Thursday.

09
Dec

7 NAIA flights diverted to Clark airport

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT Pampanga , Philippines   – Seven flights were diverted to the Clark International Airport (CIA) here last Wednesday afternoon amid air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.

09
Dec

Cebu Pac books 2-digit passenger growth in 10 mos

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) booked a double-digit growth in the volume of passengers in the first 10 months as the low cost carrier is likely to meet its target of servicing 15 million passengers this year.

04
Dec

British Airways eyeing destinations in China

By Robert Wall | Bloomberg


British Airways has held talks with airlines in China aimed at boosting connections there while looking to add more destinations of its own in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

04
Dec

US calls on China to scrap air zone defense procedures

AFP

Washington – The United States Monday urged Beijing to scrap new aviation arrangements set up by its new air defense zone which Washington has denounced as confusing and likely to increase the risk of accidents.

03
Dec

AirAsia named ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at World Travel Awards

Manila Bulletin

Doha  – AirAsia continues to dominate the aviation industry being named the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the World Travel Awards 2013 held in Doha, Qatar.

03
Dec

Spring Airline adds 30 A320 jets

By Robert Wall | Bloomberg


Spring Airlines Co., China’s biggest non state-controlled carrier, has signed an accord with Airbus SAS for 30 additional A320 jets and may buy more as government policy shifts to favor discount airlines.

03
Dec

Asia-Pacific Airlines sustain passenger traffic growth in Oct.

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Asia-Pacific airlines have sustained the growth in international passenger markets and a stabilized air cargo traffic, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

03
Dec

Etihad crowned ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for 5th consecutive year

Manila Bulletin

3 etihadcapEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, enjoyed stunning success at this year’s World Travel Awards last night, taking top honors for the fifth year in a row.

27
Dec

Etihad Airways Named World’s Leading Airline For 4th Consecutive Year

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has brought home top honors at the World Travel Awards, taking the World’s Leading Airline title for the fourth year in a row.

27
Dec

Local flights canceled

Source: Manila Bulletin

MORE THAN 20 domestic flights were canceled yesterday due to tropical depression Quinta (international code name: Wukong), according to separate notices from airlines and from the airport management.

27
Dec

IATA Sees Airlines In Asia Pacific Improving Profitability In 2013

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Asia-Pacific airlines are expected to see net profits grow by $200 million to $3.2 billion in 2013, the second highest absolute profit among the regions, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

27
Dec

Kingfisher files revival plan with DGCA: source

Source: Anurag Kotoky | Reuters

(Reuters) - Grounded carrier Kingfisher Airlines(KING.NS) has filed a revival plan with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a senior government official said on Tuesday, in an effort to renew its operating license before it expires at the end of the year.

26
Dec

NAIA-3 structural upgrade to start after holidays

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE P212.3-million worth of additional construction works for the structural retrofitting of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) will start after the holidays, an official said late last week.

26
Dec

Carriers bag Saudi allocations

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

TWO low-cost carriers have secured flight allocations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said over the holidays.

26
Dec

HK Airport Posts High Cargo

Source: Manila Bulletin

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded increases in all three traffic categories in November 2012, including a monthly record high for cargo traffic.

26
Dec

Etihad buying majority of Air Berlin loyalty program

Source: Maria Sheahan |Reuters

(Reuters) - Gulf carrier Etihad is buying a 70 percent stake in Air Berlin's (AB1.DE) frequent-flyer program, injecting cash into the loss-making German airline as it struggles to return to profit.

26
Dec

Brazil Aviation Sector Faces Turbulence

Source: Natalia Ramos | AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) – After a decade of soaring growth as millions of Brazilians flew for the first time, Brazil's aviation industry has come back down to earth with a thud.

21
Dec

Zest Air Flies Manila-KL

Source: Manila Bulletin

Zest Air, one of the Philippines’ leading budget airlines, is now offering flights to and from Manila to Kuala Lumpur (KL) in Malaysia — home to the Petronas Towers, the nation’s most famous landmark.

21
Dec

Aviation agency itself is unsafe for air travel

Source: Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star

What, the world will end today, Dec. 21, 2012, according to the Mayan calendar? Don’t worry; The STAR will cover it for you.

20
Dec

Senate OKs Bill Scrapping Taxes On Int’l Carriers

Source: Hannah L. Torregoza | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines will soon experience a boost in tourist arrivals once the bill scrapping taxes on international carriers and shippers is signed into law.

20
Dec

Air Canada Launching Budget Carrier

Source: Associated Press (AP)

TORONTO (AP) – Air Canada is entering the low-cost leisure travel market with the launch of its new Rouge airline in the hopes of reclaiming the market share it has lost to domestic and international competitors, Canada’s largest airline said.

20
Dec

Pegasus Airlines Buying 100 A320s

Source: Ercan Ersoy & Robert Wall | Bloomberg

Airbus SAS said Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines agreed to buy 75 A320neo (new engine option) series single-aisle jetliners, with options for 25 more. The airline currently operates a fleet built around Boeing Co.'s competing 737 model.

19
Dec

2012 Safest Year For Airlines

Source: Bloomberg via Manila Bulletin

Airlines are on track for their safestever year after the loss-rate for westernbuilt jets fell 54 percent in the first 11 months compared with a year earlier, the International Air Transport Association said. Aircraft from manufacturers including Airbus SAS, Boeing Co. and Bombardier Inc. suffered 0.19 “hull loss“ accidents per million flights during the period, IATA said. The rate of accidents involving losses or damage for planes built by all manufacturers was 2.14 per million flights, the organization said.

19
Dec

How to beat competition

Source: Marichu A. Villanueva | The Philippine Star

TAIPEI — According to official government records, there are more than 100,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Taiwan. Of this total, AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer (CEO) Maan Hontiveros noted up to 35 percent of these OFWs in Taiwan come from the Northern and Central Luzon areas. This is why, Hontiveros said, AirAsia’s hub at Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga, is strategically located to serve this huge market of budget travelers in this part of the country.

19
Dec

Air Cargo Slowdown Puts Squeeze On Dedicated Air Freight Operators

Source: Robert Wall | Bloomberg

Dedicated air-freight operators are struggling to remain viable as a sluggish economy undermines their ability to compete with the cargo space on offer from carriers focused on the more buoyant passenger market.

18
Dec

Lufthansa Sees Rival Emirates Becoming World’s Biggest Cargo-Carrying Airline

Source: Alex Webb | Bloomberg

Deutsche Lufthansa AG said Emirates Airline is poised to overtake the German carrier as the world’s biggest cargo-carrying passenger airline in 2013.

17
Dec

Air Asia launches Clark-Taipei route

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Tourist exchange between Taiwan and the Philippines is expected to increase with the launch yesterday of an Air Asia flight connecting the two countries.

17
Dec

US Clears Commercial Flights To Iraq After 16-Year Ban

Source: Alan Levin | Bloomberg

The US Federal Aviation Administration is lifting a 16-year-old ban on commercial flights by US carriers to two airports in Kurdish northern Iraq, citing increased stability in the region.

14
Dec

Truth in airline promos

Source: Raul J. Palabrica Jr. | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last Monday, the Department of Transportation and Communications and Department of Trade and Industry issued Joint DOTC-DTI Administrative Order No. 01, or the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

11
Dec

Manila Aviation Safety Improvement Recognized

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The European Commission (EC) has recognized the efforts of the safety oversight authority of the Philippines in reforming the civil aviation system and improve safety guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied.

11
Dec

Cebu Pac corners 48% of domestic cargo market

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei emerged as the preferred cargo handler cornering almost half of the total domestic cargo in the first nine months of the year.

10
Dec

Air passenger bill of rights signed

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is set to release on Monday the final version of the Air Passenger Bill of Rights, which is expected to take effect just before Christmas.

10
Dec

PAL to seek exemption from European ban on Phl carriers

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

TORONTO, Canada – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to ask the European Commission from an exemption from a ban on Philippine carriers from European airspace.

10
Dec

P934-M released to improve 14 airports

Source: Bettina Faye V. Roc | BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P933.8 million for a public-private partnership (PPP) project aimed at improving 14 domestic airports to allow night landing operations.

10
Dec

PAL seeks seat allocations for Kuwait, Turkey flights

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) has asked the government for seat allocations to Kuwait and Turkey, according to the company’s applications to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

07
Dec

‘Etihad Wi-Fly’ Connectivity Service Launched

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways has launched its new “Etihad Wi-Fly” inflight Internet and mobile connectivity service, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Global Communications Suite.

07
Dec

Beijing Building New Giant Airport

Source: Jeff Mills | The Wall Street Journal

Stand by to be impressed if you are planning to visit Beijing in a few years’ time. Work has started on the city’s new airport, which, when it opens in 2017, will be able to handle an impressive 130 million passengers a year, almost 40 million more than Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, which is said to be the world’s busiest airport at present.

05
Dec

Public Hearing Held On Proposed Air Passenger Bill Of Rights

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) yesterday held another hearing to thresh out the remaining issues on the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

04
Dec

Foreign carriers covered by proposed rules

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE SECOND and final draft of regulations concerning the rights of air passengers has been issued by the Transportation department, with foreign airlines now covered by the guidelines.

04
Dec

Cebu Pacific eyes tie-up with foreign carrier to mount US flights

Source: Cliff H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific is studying the possibility of forging a leasing agreement with a foreign carrier that is not bound by international aviation safety restrictions, in a bid to mount flights to the United States, a company official said yesterday.

04
Dec

Asia Pacific Airlines Post 1.4% Growth In Oct. Passenger Traffic

Source: Manila Bulletin

Asia Pacific carriers posted a slight increase of 1.4 percent in passenger traffic in October, 2012 compared to the same month last year and unchanged from September's year-over-year performance.

04
Dec

PAL Opens Manila-Toronto Service

Source: Manila Bulletin

TORONTO, Canada - After 15 years, the country once again linked up with the North American East Coast via Philippine Airlines (PAL's) direct thrice a week Manila-Toronto flights which started at the end of last month (November 30, 2012).

03
Dec

Incheon Airport May Build Terminal for Budget Travelers

Source: Bloomberg

Incheon Airport, South Korea’s busiest, is considering building a dedicated terminal for low- cost carriers after budget passenger numbers surged sevenfold in three years.

03
Dec

Seair unit to start operations in Batanes, Palawan

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A unit of South East Asian Airlines (Seair) is set to start commercial operation early next year after being given a green light by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) last week.

03
Dec

PAL expands to Toronto

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

TORONTO – Last June 5, Bombet Arangote, who used to work with me at the then Benpres Holdings Corp. and now settled in Canada, sent me an e-mail from out of the blue. Bombet wrote: “PAL should also consider having a direct flight here at Toronto with their 777.  We might be able to get incentives that would help them create a market here.”

03
Dec

Etihad to expand US network

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways is keen to expand its network in the US, the airline’s president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said in Washington D.C. last week.

03
Dec

Upon elevation to category 1: PAL plans new routes to US, Europe

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), a joint venture between taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is looking at flying at major cities in the US and European countries once the ban on the domestic airline is lifted by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

03
Dec

Asia Pacific Airports Grow 5.1%

Source: Manila Bulletin

Passenger traffic in September 2012 showed a continuous and steady growth in the Asia-Pacific region as airports recorded a steady +5.1% increase in passenger traffic compared to September 2011.

03
Dec

New air carrier gets permit to operate

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE NEW CARRIER formed by the founders of South East Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) has bagged a flying permit from the government, paving the way for the start of its operations by January, officials said last week.