01
Mar

PAL secures PCC approval for Zuma share-swap deal

BusinessWorld Online

PAL HOLDINGS, Inc., listed operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is proceeding with its plan to acquire shares from the holding firm that owns Air Philippines Corp. (APC) after securing the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) approval.

28
Feb

New timeline for reg’l airports PPP released

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released the indicative timeline for the development, operations and maintenance of the P108 billion regional airports project under the public-private partnership (PPP) program, with the submission of qualification documents scheduled in April, and the deadline for bids set in November this year.

27
Feb

Davao-Manado flights could be revived

By Antonio L. Colina IV | Manila Bulletin

Davao City – The government has urged the airline industry to revive air connection between Davao City and Manado in the North Sulawesi, as the launch of the new Davao-General Santos City-Bitung sea route will also create demands for direct flights from business travelers between Philippines and Indonesia, Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncator Jr. said,

27
Feb

SMC may launch own airline – CAPA

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  San Miguel Corp. (SMC) may launch its own airline operations to cater to international routes as well as domestic points from Caticlan Airport near Boracay, according to think tank Center for Aviation (CAPA).

27
Feb

Sy, Tieng pitch to rehabilitate Sangley airport as 3rd Naia runway

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A venture between Solar Group’s Wilson Tieng and SM Group’s Henry Sy Sr. is urging the government to consider its proposal to use the Danilo Atienza airport in Sangley, Cavite as a “third runway” to support Manila’s main air gateway.

27
Feb

Boutique airline plans to offer direct flights to Baler in March

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin

BOUTIQUE AIRLINE Air Juan is looking to offer direct flights to Baler by next month as it anticipates an influx of tourists to the surfing spot this summer.

24
Feb

CAAP reopens Surigao airport

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has reopened the Surigao airport to commercial flights after repairs on the earthquake-damaged runway and terminal were completed.

22
Feb

Asiana Airlines suffers cyberattack

The Wall Street Journal


Seoul – Asiana Airlines, Inc. suffered a cyberattack caused by hackers who left a message criticizing Albania, which disrupted customer services at South Korea’s second-largest airliner.

22
Feb

China's Priciest Airline Stocks Could Soar Even Higher

Bloomberg

They’re trading at their most expensive levels in at least 18 months, but China’s airlines may still have room to fly.

22
Feb

DOTr starts bidding process for P108-B airport projects

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation is targeting to hold a qualification process for the P108-billion provincial airport modernization public private partnership project in about two months, a government official said.

21
Feb

Cebu Pac cancels 97 flights in March

By Martin A. Sadongdong | Manila Bulletin

The Cebu Pacific Air announced yesterday the cancellation of its 97 flights due to the temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay monopulse secondary surveillance radar (MSSR) from March 6 to 11.

20
Feb

PAL scraps 150 flights due to radar repair, upgrade

By Martin A. Sadongdong | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has cancelled 52 international and 98 domestic flights March 6 to 11 while a radar facility in Tagaytay City shuts down for repairs and an upgrade.

20
Feb

PAL open to taking in foreign partner

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The group of taipan Lucio Tan may sell a minority stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines to a foreign strategic partner as early as this year, a company official confirmed last week.

20
Feb

PAL sees entry of strategic investor within 2017

By Krista A. M. Montealegre | Manila Bulletin

PAL HOLDINGS, Inc. intends to take in a strategic investor before selling shares to the public, as tycoon Lucio C. Tan, Sr. expects to seal the consolidation of his airline ventures within the quarter.

17
Feb

Gov’t urged to implement multi-airport system

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

The government is urged to implement a multi-airport system policy in the greater capital region while accelerating the development of Clark International Airport instead of the proposed dual airport system, indicating a preference for the development of Sangley Point instead of other unsolicited airport project proposals.

17
Feb

Ang pushes $14-B new airport proposal

By Cecilia Yap and Clarissa Batino (Bloomberg)

The battle of Philippine tycoons to build a new airport in the nation’s capital is heating up as San Miguel Corp. proposed a R700-billion ($14-billion) facility, rivaling an offer from a group led by billionaire Henry Sy.

17
Feb

Sangley airport complements Clark – ARRC

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The country needs two international airports, with one located in Sangley and another in Clark, to serve passengers in the northern and southern parts of Luzon as well as cope with future demand, according to All-Asia Resources Reclamation Corp. (ARRC).

16
Feb

Transport agency to pursue multiairport policy for NCR

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) disclosed Wednesday plans to pursue a multiairport policy for Metro Manila and nearby areas—a departure from the prevailing “dual-airport” policy that typically meant supporting an international air gateway in Manila and nearby Clark International Airport in Pampanga province.

16
Feb

Business groups urge gov’t to resolve aviation woes

By Richmond Mercurio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Business groups and the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) are urging the government to take immediate action to resolve the country’s air transport woes for the industry to take off and enjoy its benefits in the process.

15
Feb

Clark Airport eyes servicing carriers bound for the US

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Clark International Airport Corp. is set to hold talks with more airlines to connect the North of Manila to the North American region.

14
Feb

Tagaytay radar shutdown to affect 700 flights

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - More than 700 flights to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be affected when the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) shuts down its Tagaytay surveillance radar next month.

14
Feb

Mactan int’l airport eyes links to Australia, Europe

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The airport, where a brand new terminal will open by 2018, also wants increased connections to neighbors in the region, such as China, Japan and South Korea. It said incentives were being offered to carriers based in those jurisdictions.

13
Feb

Cebu airport targets 10 million passenger arrivals by end-2017

BusinessWorld Online

GMR-MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) is aiming to reach 10 million passenger arrivals at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) by the end of the year, a 12% increase from the 8.9 million recorded in 2016.

13
Feb

PAL boosts connectivity to the islands with 5 Bombardier

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is expanding its fleet of small aircraft with the delivery of five Bombardier airplanes and two A321 in the second half this year to be able to fly to almost all island destinations with smaller airports in the country that are currently serviced by boutique airline operators.

13
Feb

Cebu Pacific carries 64k passengers in 1 day

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Cebu Pacific group achieved a new milestone by carrying more than 64,000 passengers in one day.

13
Feb

Naia PPP put on hold

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A massive public-private partnership (PPP) auction to expand and privatize the operations of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) has been put on hold as the government decides to first come up with a comprehensive Luzon air gateway master plan, the head of the PPP Center said.

09
Feb

NAIA upgrade needed before building new airport

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Despite traffic congestion and clamors for a new airport, the government still has to increase the capacity of the existing Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before anything else, the latest study of the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) stressed.

09
Feb

CebuPac receives 3rd ATR 72-600

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific’s wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo has received its third ATR 72-600 high capacity aircraft.

08
Feb

Air France swaps two canceled A380s for smaller A350 jets

Reuters

Air France has swapped its remaining orders for two Airbus A380 superjumbos for three smaller A350s, Airbus confirmed on Friday, highlighting a switch towards lighter twinjets.

06
Feb

AirAsia to resume Clark-Kalibo flights

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

AirAsia will once again fly from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to Kalibo (Boracay) three times a week starting next month, on March, 27, the airline  announced.

06
Feb

Budget carriers in SE Asia stepping up fleet expansion

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Fleet expansion of low cost carriers (LCC) in Southeast Asia is expected to accelerate this year after a single-digit growth in 2016, aviation think tank Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said.

06
Feb

Air travel growth lags GDP due to NAIA constraints

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES will eventually need to build a new airport to accommodate increasing passenger traffic, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in a report, but should immediately implement measures to decongest the country’s main gateway like transitioning to a single runway operation and increasing capacity through upgrades of its four terminals.

03
Feb

Cebu Pacific uses world’s lightest aircraft seat

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC will soon start using the world’s lightest aircraft seat for its ATR 72-600 planes, seen as more fuel efficient and allows more passenger seats.

03
Feb

AirAsia to resume flights between Clark, Kalibo

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINES AirAsia on Thursday said it will resume flights from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to Kalibo, gateway to the popular tourist destination Boracay, in March.

03
Feb

Singapore Airlines eyes 5th flight from Manila

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) sees the Philippines as one of its “key” markets, citing its robust economic growth which would attract both inbound and outbound passengers in the country.

03
Feb

Additional flights to boost Siargao tourism

By Mike U. Crismundo | Manila Bulletin

Butuan City – Additional flights to and from the paradise island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte province are expected to draw more foreign and local tourists.

02
Feb

PAL opens Clark-Davao route

By Yas D. Ocampo | Manila Bulletin

Davao City – Philippine Airlines (PAL) flew its maiden Clark-Davao flight yesterday, with a water salute welcoming the aircraft at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport here.

02
Feb

PAL opening new domestic routes

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is increasing its presence in the domestic market, with several new routes slated to open in time for the busy summer vacation.

29
Feb

BIMP-EAGA: Transport is main hurdle

By Carmencita A. Carillo | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Connectivity by air or sea transport has been identified as the key factor for realizing the growth blueprint adopted by the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) for the next 10 years.

24
Feb

U.N. agency bans lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft

By Allison Lampert | Reuters

The U.N. aviation agency on Monday prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk.

24
Feb

Cebu Pac posts 13% jump in passenger traffic

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, saw a double-digit increase in passenger traffic in the first month of 2016, signaling continued strong demand for air travel.

24
Feb

Airline manufacturers escape threat of big costs from new U.N. climate standards

By Allison Lampert | Reuters

After six years of negotiations over U.N. greenhouse gas regulations, the aerospace industry dodged the threat of spending billions of dollars to re-engineer airplanes.

24
Feb

Cebu Pacific passenger volume up 13% in Jan.

BusinessWorld Online

Cebu Pacific passenger volume up 13% in Jan.BUDGET carrier Cebu Air, Inc. said its passenger volume in January rose by an annual 13%, propelled by strong domestic sales and international network expansion.

23
Feb

Philippine Airlines expanding its long haul operation – CAPA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is obviously dead-set on expanding its long haul operation significantly as it takes delivery of new wide-body aircraft, including A350-900s, the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) observed.

23
Feb

PAL poised to capture bigger slice of US market, firm says

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is poised to strengthen its position in the United States with the acquisition of new long-haul aircraft, aviation consultancy firm CAPA-Center for Aviation said in a report.

22
Feb

Etihad wins Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year 2016 Award

Manila Bulletin

Etihad wins Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year 2016 AwardEtihad Airways was last night presented with the coveted Airline of the Year 2016 award by US-based aviation industry publication Air Transport World (ATW).

22
Feb

AirAsia CEO: cheap oil paves way to revive expansion

Reuters

With low oil prices reducing its operating costs, AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said the budget carrier was ready to start expanding again in southeast Asia and was eyeing Vietnam and the Philippines.

22
Feb

Direct flights between Philippines, India seen to boost ties

By Christina Mendez | The Philippine Star

NEW DELHI — Opening up direct flights between the Philippines and India can boost people-to-people investments and tourism exchange in both countries, Philippine Ambassador to India Teresita Daza said.

16
Feb

Global aviation had fewer fatal accidents in 'extraordinarily safe' 2015 - IATA

Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The number of air accidents and resulting fatalities dropped in 2015 from the previous year, and was well below the five-year average, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday, making 2015 "an extraordinarily safe year".

16
Feb

PAL seals $1.8-B deal for 6 Airbus

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) would seal the purchase of six Airbus 350-900 in time for the opening of the Singapore Airshow tomorrow, highly reliable sources said.

16
Feb

Philippine Airlines nears deal to acquire A350s

Reuters

MANILA/SINGAPORE -- Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) is close to announcing a deal to secure about half a dozen wide-body Airbus jets to serve US and Europe long-haul flights, several people familiar with the matter said.

16
Feb

Philippine Air nears deal to acquire Airbus A350s

By Neil Jerome Morales and Anshuman Daga | Reuters

Philippine Airlines Inc (PAL) is close to announcing a deal to secure about half a dozen wide-body Airbus jets to serve U.S. and Europe long-haul flights, several people familiar with the matter said.

12
Feb

Cebu Pacific adding more Southeast Asia flights

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific sees opportunity to launch more flights in Southeast Asia following the government’s move to ratify the ASEAN’s Open Skies agreement.

12
Feb

PAL shopping spree

Philippine Daily Inquirer

PAL shopping spreeBarring any last-minute hitches, it looks like Philippine Airlines is set to announce a deal to acquire six Airbus A350 aircraft to augment its long-range fleet.

11
Feb

FAA warns airlines of explosion risk in lithium batteries

AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Federal Aviation Administration warned airlines Tuesday of the danger of a catastrophic fire or explosion from lithium batteries being carried as freight.

11
Feb

Flights at NAIA to be retimed to ease delays

By Louise Maureen Simeon and Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Starting next month, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will implement a new measure on flight movements to address flight delays.

09
Feb

Cheaper flights to ASEAN cities commence this year

Under Multilateral Air Services Agreement
By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

This year, Filipinos will enjoy cheaper flights with broader travel options within the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) cities after President Benigno Aquino III signed Protocols 5 and 6 of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement in Air Services (MAAS) on February 3, 2016.

09
Feb

PAL to buy add’l aircraft to expand routes to Europe

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Airlines (PAL) is acquiring additional aircraft to expand routes to Europe in two years as part of its commitment to  open more services in addition to London.

09
Feb

Sangley, Laguna Lake top choices for new airport site

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has dropped central Manila Bay as one of the possible locations for the new Manila international airport, and is now considering Sangley Point in Cavite and Laguna Lake, based on the recommendation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

09
Feb

PH signs Asean air pact, joins region’s integrating skies

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE PHILIPPINES has finally acceded to key air transport liberalization agreements with its Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) neighbors, paving the way for increased travel and trade within the region, and possibly cheaper flights.

05
Feb

Cebu Pacific overshoots 18-M passenger volume target

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Budget carrier Cebu Pacific saw a nine percent growth in total passenger volume in 2015, mainly driven by long-haul services and increased frequencies in key domestic markets.

04
Feb

Airlines still collecting fuel surcharges after oil crash

Bloomberg

The collapsing price of oil that has upended the global economy has also caused understandable rejoicing at transportation companies, where big savings from cheap fuel will inevitably show up in the bottom line. Yet many of the surcharges that truckers, railroads, and – especially – airlines tacked on during the years of expensive oil have proven resilient. Travelers and other customers are still paying these zombie fuel fees even now, with crude at $32 per barrel.

04
Feb

Budget airline posts 9% rise in passenger base

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, said it flew 18.4 million passengers last year, above internal expectations.

04
Feb

Cebu Air says passenger volume up 9% in 2015

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc. met its target for 2015 passenger volume after full-year figures grew by almost a tenth, propelled by its long-haul flights and increased frequencies.

02
Feb

Air Asia unit seeking more flights to Taiwan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

BUDGET carrier Air Asia Philippines is seeking regulatory approval to mount additional flights to Taiwan, in line with efforts to expand in the region ahead of a possible listing in two years.

02
Feb

Grace Poe pushes ‘full use’ of Clark airport

Philippine Daily Inquirer

ANGELES CITY—Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe on Friday said she wants to be instrumental in the “full utilization” of the Clark International Airport (CRK) at the nearby Clark Freeport, should she win in the May 9 elections.

27
Feb

Common sense and NAIA congestion

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

I have been talking to a lot of experts in aviation the past few weeks, including experienced pilots on the congestion problem at NAIA. I am getting the impression that the best solutions with the most immediate impact involve creative thinking, not more big ticket capex.

26
Feb

Mr. Passenger Bill of Rights

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Carmelo-Teying-ArcillaCivil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo “Teying” Arcilla will share his expertise and experiences with legal experts in the airline industry at the ongoing 2015 IATA (International Air Transport Association) Legal Symposium in Seoul, South Korea.  The yearly symposium is considered as “the world’s principal aviation law conference” with legal counsel from airlines, private practitioners and government lawyers taking part in the three-day conference. Arcilla (a lawyer by profession) was chosen as a panelist for the forum on “Consumer Protection in Asia.” The topic should be right up his alley since he has earned the reputation of being “Mr. Passenger Bill of Rights.”

25
Feb

DOTC splits P128-B airport projects

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has divided the bidding for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of six provincial airports worth P128 billion into two packages.

25
Feb

No Airbus flights once Tacloban airport repairs resume

By Sarwell Q. Meniano | BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport runway will be closed again to Airbus flights within the first half of this year to give way to repairs.

24
Feb

AirAsia launches Asean Pass for seamless travel in region

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Bangkok, Thailand – Today it’s ASEAN; tomorrow, it’s the rest of Asia, says AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

24
Feb

Cebu Pacific sells 6 planes

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is selling six aircraft to Las Vegas-based low cost carrier Allegiant Air after a failed transaction more than two years ago.

24
Feb

Cebu Pacific signs deal to sell 6 Airbus A319 aircraft to Allegiant

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

After initial talks fell through, Cebu Pacific announced that it has signed a forward sale agreement with a subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company covering Cebu Pacific’s sale of six Airbus A319 aircraft.

23
Feb

AirAsia CEO banking on Philippines as airline reels from disaster

BusinessWorld Online

CHATUCHAK, BANGKOK -- Donning his signature red AirAsia baseball cap, Tony Fernandes takes center stage at the airlines’ launch of its new marketing strategy that allows passengers to travel across Southeast Asia at a fixed rate.

20
Feb

AirAsia forges share purchase agreement with Expedia

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsia today announced the execution of a share purchase agreement with Expedia Inc., Expedia Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd., and AirAsia Exp Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AirAsia, to divest a 25-percent stake in AAE Travel Pte. Ltd., the joint venture between Expedia and AirAsia, to Expedia for a consideration of $86.3 million. This will increase Expedia’s total ownership of equity in the joint venture to 75 percent.

20
Feb

PAL offers new service to online ticket buyers

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is offering a new service to passengers with online-issued tickets as it is looking at a five-to-seven percent growth in the volume of passengers with the arrival of brand new aircraft and the launch of new routes this year.

20
Feb

Lufthansa Scraps Dividend as Pensions, Disposal Cut Profit

By Richard Weiss | Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-largest airline, won’t pay a dividend for last year after charges tied to pension obligations, a division’s disposal and wrong-way bets on fuel prices led to a loss.

19
Feb

Mactan airport upgrade completion moved back to May 2018

BusinessWorld Online

THE CONCESSION holder for Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) said it moved back the completion date of a new terminal to May 2018, in the wake of delays connected to finding new facilities for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Cebu.

17
Feb

Phl, Singapore sign air agreement

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government has signed its first air agreement for this year opening up more commercial opportunities for the airlines of the Philippines and Singapore through higher seat entitlements and limit on the frequencies, as well as additional co-terminal points.

13
Feb

AirAsia to offer ASEAN Pass in Philippines this month

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- The imminent integration of regional economies is beginning to make itself felt in the travel industry, with AirAsia soon to offer a ticketing scheme to flyers traveling to 137 destinations within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

13
Feb

Senate to oppose OFW payment of terminal fee via tickets

BusinessWorld Online

THE BULK of the Senate is seeking to block a directive to incorporate the airport terminal fee for tickets purchased by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), with 20 senators putting their names to a resolution opposing advanced collection.

13
Feb

NAIA replacement airport may miss target rollout date

BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT could miss its mid-2016 target rollout for the new international gateway that will replace Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), after the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said it will finish the full feasibility for the project in February 2016.

12
Feb

CEB flew record 16.9-M passengers in 2014

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

After breaking in the Australian market last year, increasing its presence in the Middle East and Japan, hauling in more travelers in both domestic and international markets, Cebu Pacific (CEB) flew 16.9 million passengers in 2014, an increase of 17.5% from 14.4 million passengers flown in 2013.

11
Feb

PH hopes to engage 6 countries in air talks

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines is eyeing air talks with as many as six countries in the first half of 2015 to support the growth of the country’s trade and tourism sectors.

11
Feb

PAL inks code-share pact with WestJet

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) has entered into a code-share agreement with WestJet of Canada amid the efforts of the group of taipan Lucio Tan to grow its international presence.

11
Feb

CebuPac, Tiger fly 16.9-M passengers in 2014

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carriers Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and Tiger Airways Philippines flew 16.87 million passengers last year amid the expansion of its domestic and international routes with the arrival of brand new Airbus aircraft.

10
Feb

Turkish Airlines plans daily flight between Istanbul and Manila

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Turkish Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, is planning to fly daily between Istanbul-Manila Manila-Istanbul on growing traffic since Istanbul serves as link for travelers to Middle East, Europe, and Scandinavian countries.

10
Feb

Davao-Manado air service studied

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao leaders and their Indonesian counterparts are pushing for the revival of flight links between Davao City and Manado in North Sulawesi, citing the need for connectivity to boost sub-regional trade.

09
Feb

CAB sets air talks with Emirates, Singapore

By Marianne V. Go | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is set to hold bilateral air talks with Singapore authorities this week and is likewise looking at the possibility of holding similar discussions with the United Arab Emirates.

09
Feb

PAL mulls over P9B Naia 2 expansion plan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is studying a $200-million (P9 billion) expansion plan for the existing Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 to cater to increasing demand seen in the next few years.

09
Feb

Record 3.3B air passengers flew in 2014

AFP


Geneva – A record 3.3 billion passengers boarded planes last year, marking a jump of some 170 million passengers from 2013, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

09
Feb

House measure seeks to bar airline overbooking scheme

By Charissa Luci | Manila Bulletin

A House leader has filed a bill seeking to prohibit the common practice of overbooking passengers travelling to, from and within the Philippines by air carriers and their agents.

09
Feb

Davao RDC plans new airport study

By Carmelito Q. Francisco and Carmencita A. Carillo | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Even with the current airport coming in for a P40.57-billion upgrade this year under the national government’s public-private partnership program, Davao’s Regional Development Council (RDC) is planning for a second, bigger airport or a cluster of satellite airports.

09
Feb

Bundling of regional airport PPP deals known by end Feb.

By Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT said it will decide within the month on the project bundling of P116.23-billion worth of contracts to develop, operate and maintain six regional airports, officials said on Saturday.

06
Feb

PTT bags new Cebu Pacific contract

By Iris C. Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PTT Philippines, the local unit of Thailand’s largest oil company, has signed another deal with Cebu Air Inc for the supply of the budget airline’s fuel requirements.

06
Feb

Cebu Pacific takes delivery of 54th plane

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific took delivery of its 31st brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft yesterday, as part of its fleet expansion program. This is the second of four Airbus A320 aircraft that the airline is set to receive this year.

05
Feb

ICAO endorses aviation tracking measures for long-haul flights

Associated Press

Montreal –  A United Nations (UN) agency is hoping to quickly introduce new measures to keep closer tabs on planes following last year’s disappearance of a flight in Asia and shooting down of a passenger plane in Europe.

05
Feb

Death toll hits 31 in Taiwan plane crash, with 12 missing

By Ralph Jennings | Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Rescuers were searching for 12 people Thursday morning after using a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital following a crash that killed at least 31 others.

02
Feb

Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell | Reuters

(Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.

02
Feb

Qatar Air buys stake into British Airways

Bloomberg

Qatar Airways may consider increasing the investment – valued at 1.15 billion pounds ($1.73 billion) based on yesterday’s close – over time, but will stick with the holding for now, it said in a statement. European Union rules limit the No. 2 Gulf carrier to a 49 percent holding in London-based IAG.

02
Feb

Kalibo airport security breached

By Roy Mabasa | Manila Bulletin

Kalibo, Aklan — Another serious breach of security was committed at the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) early last Saturday morning.

02
Feb

CBCP opposes airport terminal fee integration

By Mar T. Supnad | Manila Bulletin

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed strong opposition yesterday against the government’s imposition of additional terminal fee at the airports that took effect yesterday.

02
Feb

PAL considers taking in new investor

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines may formally consider investors this year once it finalizes a “long-term plan” involving new routes, the possible acquisition of next-generation planes like Airbus’ A350, and new partnerships with carriers in North America and Europe.

28
Feb

CebuPac beefs up fleet to 50 aircraft

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) now operates a fleet of 50 aircraft after receiving its brand new Airbus A330 last week as the low cost carrier gears up for its long-haul operations.

28
Feb

Cebu Pacific inks 10-year finance deal with StanChart

By Donnabelle L. Gatdula | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Standard Chartered Bank has closed a long-term multi-million dollar finance lease transaction with Cebu Air Inc. (CEB), the Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier owned by the Gokongwei family.

28
Feb

AirAsia's profit drops 19 percent on higher fuel, maintenance costs

By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah | Reuters

(Reuters) - Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd (AIRA.KL), Asia's biggest budget airline by passenger traffic, saw its fourth-quarter profit drop 19 percent on higher expenses for fuel and aircraft maintenance.

27
Feb

Air passenger traffic flat in 2013

BusinessWorld

OVERALL passenger traffic at Philippine airports barely grew last year and saw mixed results in domestic and international passenger volume, data from the air service regulator showed.

27
Feb

Phl air traffic inches up in 2013

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The volume of passengers in the Philippines grew by a paltry one percent last year amid the realignment being undertaken by domestic carriers as well as the series of events and inclement weather that led to the cancellation of several flights.

26
Feb

Low-Cost Carriers account for 80% of seats in domestic flights

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) dominate the local market, with 8 out of 10 seats in domestic flights. In fact, the Philippine penetration of the budget airline market is the biggest globally, making the country the world’s LCC capital, Tiger Air Philippines CEO Olive Ramos CEO told delegates in the recent International Tourist and Hospitality Students Convention in Baguio City.

25
Feb

Tigerair-Cebu Pacific transaction worries legislators

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Lawmakers are looking into the takeover of Tigerair Philippines by dominant budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air and its potential impact on fares, a member of the House committee on transportation said on Monday.

25
Feb

PAL suspends 35 PAL Express domestic flights

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is indefinitely suspending 35 inter-island domestic flights of wholly-owned subsidiary PAL Express starting next month.

21
Feb

Airlines seek more seat entitlements to Singapore

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Local airlines led by national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) and budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) are seeking additional seat entitlements to Singapore .

19
Feb

TigerAir readies initiatives under Ceb

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

TigerAir Philippines President and CEO Olive Ramos yesterday announced the airline is “actively preparing to roll out some initiatives” to improve its partnership with buyer Cebu Pacific Air (CEB).

19
Feb

PAL shelves joint venture with Cambodia Airlines

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Airlines (PAL) has shelved its planned affiliate in Cambodia nine months after signing a joint venture agreement with a local partner to launch Cambodia Airlines.

18
Feb

House okays sale of ZestAir to AirAsia

By Jess Diaz | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has approved the sale of Zest Airways to Air Asia Philippines.

18
Feb

CEB bares new fare promotion

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) holds a special 90% off seat sale to all its 33 domestic destinations on over 60 domestic routes, from February 17 to 23, 2014 or until seats last. Travel period is from July 1 to September 30, 2014.

18
Feb

BOI defers action on PAL’s ITH, cautions against double-dipping

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

The Board of Investments has deferred action on the request of Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s largest full-service flag carrier, for clarification if its massive refleeting program can still avail of income tax holidays (ITH) as the agency would like to make sure that the grant of incentives will not constitute double-dipping of tax incentives as the flag carrier already enjoys government tax perks under its franchise.

18
Feb

3 hurt as plane crash-lands

By Vicky Aclan Florendo | Manila Bulletin

Tanauan City, Batangas — A Cessna trainer plane crash-landed yesterday morning at the Captain Manny Baradas Airstrip in Barangay Trapichie, in this city.

18
Feb

Tigerair cites passenger growth

BusinessWorld Online

tigerair-photo-AFPREGIONAL budget carrier Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. saw strong passenger growth across its markets last month, the company said in a statement yesterday.

17
Feb

AirAsia Picks Partners for Second Crack at Japanese Airline

By Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda | Bloomberg

airasiaAirAsia Bhd. (AIRA), the region’s biggest budget carrier, has decided on partners and top executives for a new discount airline in Japan after ending its tie-up with ANA Holdings Inc. (9202) last year.

17
Feb

Asia-Pacific Airlines post 6% passenger growth traffic in 2013

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has reaffirmed the pattern of continued steady growth in international air passenger demand, in contrast to soft air cargo market conditions in 2013.

14
Feb

CebuPac, TigerAir to adopt common booking channel

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and Tigerair Philippines are expected to adopt a common booking channel starting next month as part of a strategic alliance entered into in January.

14
Feb

AirAsia Zest eyes flights to Narita, Osaka starting Q3

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Budget carrier AirAsia Zest said it might start flights to Japan by the third quarter, its top official said.

14
Feb

US House seeks ban on in-flight calls

By AP


Washington – Allowing airline passengers to make cellphone calls in-flight is asking for trouble, lawmakers said Tuesday as a House panel approved a bill to ban such calls.

14
Feb

Laguindingan airport

By Emeterio Barcelon | Manila Bulletin

It was Thursday in the middle of January that we left on time from Manila.  By about five in the afternoon we circled Laguindingan airport in Misamis Oriental but the pilot could not see the runway. We just heard the plane pick up speed and again up in the sky.  We circled and slowly came down but no success, till the pilot announced that we were told to proceed to Davao to wait for the weather to clear.  Under the clear skies of Davao we waited.  Half the plane disembarked but the other half were told that we were preceding back to Manila.  I was amazed that the baggage of those who got down was taken down without any mixing up with the baggage of those who stayed on the plane. We were back in Manila at about half past eight, picked up our baggage and rebooked for the next day. We were not the only plane to be unable to land so that the wags have renamed the airport “Laguing di malandingan.” (No landing possible).

14
Feb

Tax rule changes urged for foreign carriers

BusinessWorld Online

THE JOINT Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) yesterday urged the government to amend rules governing taxation of foreign carriers, saying a Supreme Court (SC) decision in 2012 effectively imposed higher taxes despite reforms made in the last Congress.

13
Feb

Cebu Pacific,Tigerair plan to raise fares

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airlines Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and newly-acquired Tigerairway Philippines are set to raise fares by as much as 160 percent for both international and domestic routes amid the rising prices of aviation fuel in the world market as well as the continued weakening of the peso against the US dollar.

12
Feb

Aviation safety ratings out in 45 days

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The US State Department is set to announce whether the Philippines has complied with the aviation safety standards that will pave the way for the mounting of additional flights to the US.

12
Feb

CEB signs purchase agreement for 100% of Tiger Air Philippines

Manila Bulletin


Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced on February 11, it has signed the purchase agreement for 100 percent of Tiger Air Philippines, including the 40% stake of Tigerairways Holdings Inc., for around P530 million.

11
Feb

No Category 1 rating this February?

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Spy Bits received unconfirmed reports that the Philippines will not be getting the Category 1 rating upgrade from the FAA this February as anticipated. According to inside sources, the recent audit conducted by a team from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) still noncompliant with regard to the “critical elements” under the checklist of safety requirements that FAA had been monitoring.

10
Feb

The way ahead for EU-ASEAN aviation

EUROPE and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) have a long history of strong commercial ties. Not only is the European Union (EU) by far the largest investor in ASEAN countries, it is also ASEAN’s second largest trading partner after China. The two regions’ wider economies benefit immensely from aviation, which generates and facilitates growth, employment, tourism and connectivity with the rest of the world.

10
Feb

AIRSHOW-Starry-eyed budget carriers in Southeast Asia stare at overcapacity

Reuters

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Low-cost carriers are flying high in Southeast Asia on the back of sharp growth in air travel, but as hundreds of new jets swarm into the region concerns are rising about its ability to absorb the record numbers of planes on order.

07
Feb

Major airport opened despite woeful inadequacy

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Almost two weeks of weather disruptions in mid-January caused by the low pressure area (LPA) and tropical depression “Agaton” wrought havoc on the lives and properties of the people in Eastern and Northern Mindanao. Almost 80 people perished and hundreds of millions of pesos worth of infrastructure and agricultural products were lost.

07
Feb

Air cargo grew moderately in 2013 – IATA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global air cargo posted a moderate 1.4% growth in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) for 2013 – “a tough year for cargo,” with the market going very slow in the first half and accelerating only in the second half, according to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

07
Feb

CEB cuts int’l fares by 75% in summer

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) offers a 75% off seat sale on all its international destinations from February 6 to 9, 2014 or until seats last for travel from March 1 to May 31, 2014.

07
Feb

EU parliament wants ore airline passenger rights

Strasbourg, France (dpa) – Airline passengers in the European Union should be granted further rights, the bloc’s parliament demanded Wednesday, despite warnings that its initiatives could backfire.

06
Feb

Silk Air begins transition to all-Boeing 737 fleet

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Boeing and SilkAir the other day celebrated the delivery of the latter’s first Next-Generation 737-800, marking the start of the Singapore-based airline’s transition to an all-Boeing fleet.

03
Feb

Singapore, Manila in talks to raise frequency of flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines and Singapore are expected to proceed with air talks this week to potentially increase flights between both countries, a government official said last week.

03
Feb

CAAP sets NAIA system upgrade

Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines -- The aging air traffic management system has prompted the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to take a step higher in improving the condition of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

03
Feb

2013 safest year for int’l air transport

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Although the number of fatal accidents involving scheduled commercial operations remained steady at nine in 2013, fatalities were down a significant 53.5 percent from 2012, dropping to only 173 compared to 372 the previous year, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

03
Feb

New carrier seeks slots at NAIA

BusinessWorld Online

A RECENTLY formed airline has asked the civil aviation regulator to give it slots at Metro Manila’s airport, warning the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) that a recent merger between two other carriers would crowd out entrants to the industry.

03
Feb

Air traffic control project awarded

BusinessWorld Online

A PHILIPPINE-AUSTRALIAN joint venture has won the P159.9-million project to improve this country’s air traffic management system, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said in a statement.

03
Feb

Etihad Regional’s maiden flight takes off

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Regional’s first commercial flight F7154 took to the skies last Jan. 23, with a newly branded 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft. The flight departed from the  airline’s hub in Geneva, Switzerland and landed on schedule at Rome Fiumicino Airport in Italy.

01
Mar

DOTC readies final report on number of airports issue

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to finally make a recommendation to Malacanang whether the country would adopt a single or twin airport system to address the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

01
Mar

Aquino to decide on fate of Clark airport

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The fate of Clark International Airport will be left in the hands of President Aquino, who will have to decide if the government should develop two major airports in Luzon or focus its efforts on just one.

28
Feb

Air Seychelles, Airberlin ink codeshare pact

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Airberlin, Europe’s seventh largest airline, have signed a historic codeshare agreement allowing customers from each of the two carriers to fly seamlessly between Germany and Seychelles via Abu Dhabi.

28
Feb

UPDATE 1-AirAsia's profit surges on share sale of Thai business

Source: Bloomberg

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Reuters) - AirAsia Bhd, Asia's largest budget airline by passengers, reported full year profit more than tripled, beating expectations, thanks to the share sale of its Thai business.

27
Feb

Budget carriers seek rights for new long-haul operations

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

LOW-COST CARRIERS Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have asked for new flight entitlements to long-haul destinations, according to notices posted on the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Web site yesterday.

27
Feb

Airport soft opening to boost local tourism: Aquino

By RLAE | BusinessWorld Online

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The opening of the Laguindingan airport in April will boost the tourism sector in Misamis Oriental and its neighboring provinces, President Benigno S. C. Aquino III said yesterday.

27
Feb

SEAir rebranding hits a snag

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SOUTHEAST Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir), which is set to rebrand to Tiger Airways, has been asked to consider a new name to avoid confusion with the Singaporean carrier, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said yesterday.

27
Feb

Cathay Pacific-Dragonair Traffic Drops

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for January, 2013 showed a drop in the number of passengers carried compared to the same month in 2012, alongside a significant year-on-year increase in cargo and mail tonnage.

27
Feb

Airbus Says Asia Pacific to Buy $1.6 Trillion of New Aircraft

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Airbus SAS expects airlines in Asia Pacific to buy 9,870 aircraft worth $1.6 trillion in the next two decades fueled by travel growth in the region.

27
Feb

Norwegian Air Plans Asia Routes

By Kristin Myers and Kari Lundgren | Bloomberg

Norwegian Air Shuttle AS, Europe’s fourth-biggest discount airline, said tickets for the first few months of long-haul flights connecting Scandinavia with New York have almost sold out as it works on plans for routes to Asia.

26
Feb

ICAO Lifting Safety Concerns – DOTC

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- The government expects the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to lift the Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) issued against the country with an audit team expressing satisfaction with efforts of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to comply with international safety standards.

26
Feb

SEAir Rebrands, Expands New Routes

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Budget airline Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) would be rebranded to Tiger Airways, which acquired 40 percent of this Philippine carrier, as the company embarks on an aggressive expansion binge both for domestic and regional routes.

26
Feb

CAAP passes ICAO audit—Abaya

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—After more than five years, local airlines may soon be allowed once again to fly to Europe and expand operations in the United States after the government successfully passed a safety audit by the world’s aviation regulatory body.

25
Feb

New, modern airport along coastal road proposed

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Two aviation industry advocates have strongly urged the Aquino administration to seriously look into the possibility of reclaiming new areas along the length of Coastal Road in Parañaque City and Las Piñas City and constructing a bigger and modern international airport there.

25
Feb

Gov’t hopeful of aviation safety upgrade

By ENJD, CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is eyeing expanded talks with outside aviation regulators in a bid to secure favorable safety ratings for the country.

25
Feb

AirAsia introduce new hotlines

By Reynaldo G. Navales | SunStar

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippines’ AirAsia, the low cost carrier with the youngest fleet, announced on Friday significant changes in its customer call center.

22
Feb

Clark bats for twin airport system

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is pushing for a twin airport system that would allow the joint development of the international gateway in Pampanga and the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

22
Feb

Philippine Airlines Partners With Agoda

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has teamed up with Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site to offer the flag carrier’s customers access to the site’s over 100,000 hotels worldwide.

22
Feb

Lufthansa Plans $12-B Fleet Upgrade

By Richard Weiss | Bloomberg

Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to suspend its dividend for the first time since 2010 to preserve cash, as the German airline rejuvenates its fleet and pushes ahead with its most ambitious cost-savings program to date.

22
Feb

Qantas profit climbs on Dreamliner cashback

By Barry Parker | AFP

Australia's Qantas banked compensation from Boeing (NYSE: BA - news) for Dreamliner delays and slashed international losses on Thursday, reporting a surge in six-month net profit, but warned of turbulence ahead.

22
Feb

Zamboanga-CdO air link promoted to boost travel and tourism

By Michael D. Baños | BusinessWorld Online

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Cebu Pacific and the Department of Tourism (DoT) are working to promote travel and tourism between the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga.

22
Feb

Boeing Said to Propose 787 Battery Fixes to U.S. FAA

By Alan Levin & Susanna Ray | Bloomberg

787-battery-bloomberg.comBoeing Co. (BA) officials are preparing proposed fixes to ensure that the 787 Dreamliner’s battery won’t damage the plane or emit smoke as they work to end the jet’s grounding, people with knowledge of the talks said.

21
Feb

DOJ Issues Advisory on Airline Ticket Sales

Source: Department of Justice

The Department of Justice ("DOJ"), through the Office for Competition ("OFC"), issued Advisory Opinion No.  01, Series of 2013, which discussed the requirements and the allowable limits in the advertisement of airline fares, especially promotional fares such as "seat sales."

21
Feb

Locators urge firm decision on fate of Clark airport

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Locators inside the Clark Freeport and special economic zone are urging the Aquino administration to decide with finality whether the Clark International Airport would serve as an alternate gateway in the Philippines after the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

21
Feb

Clark expansion to cost P6 billion

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

EXPANSION OF Clark International Airport will cost around P6 billion, said an expert involved in a study on how to develop the Angeles City-based aviation hub.

21
Feb

Cagayan airport building hangars for jet-setting Asians

By Gil C. Cabacungan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

It was supposed to be a secret but the presence of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had to be explained.

21
Feb

ICAO And CANSO Vow To Further Improve Air Navigation Safety

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) have agreed to further improve air navigation safety performance worldwide by creating a framework for enhanced air navigation safety dialogue, cooperation and information exchange between the two organizations.

20
Feb

DOTC gives Cebu airport bidders more time

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has given interested companies another one month reprieve to prepare their documents and form their groups to boost their bid for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport project.

20
Feb

Emirates Mounts Direct Service To Clark Int’l Airport In October

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, will begin direct service to Clark International Airport in Pampanga on October 1, 2013, the airline’s second destination in the Philippines.

19
Feb

Six-man ICAO team arrives in Phl

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A six-man team from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) arrived in the country yesterday to assess the Philippines’ aviation safety standards and practices.

19
Feb

Aviation Industry Dons Shark Skins

By Etienne Balmer | AFP


FRANKFURT (AFP) – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying shark skin.

19
Feb

Air Seychelles, Airberlin Sign Landmark Codeshare Agreement

Posted on Manila Bulletin

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Airberlin, Europe’s seventh largest airline, have signed a historic codeshare agreement allowing customers from each of the two carriers to fly seamlessly between Germany and Seychelles via Abu Dhabi.

19
Feb

Aviation assessment begins

By CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

AN ASSESSMENT of the country’s aviation safety standards started yesterday in a 10-day audit, which if passed, would eventually allow local carriers to expand operations to Europe and the United States.

19
Feb

Emirates to start Clark-Dubai service

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Middle Eastern carrier Emirates will start direct flights to Clark Freeport in Pampanga in October, targeting millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from Northern and Central Luzon.

18
Feb

Clark emerging as new airline hub

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Record traffic statistics at Clark International Airport in Pampanga have given a big boost to government efforts to promote the airport as an emerging international airline hub.

18
Feb

Ayala, MPIC eye Bohol, Puerto airports

By Zinnia B. Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Top business groups Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) are separately looking at the Bohol and Puerto Princesa airport development projects as potential bid targets.

18
Feb

CAAP exec dies of heart attack

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) flight operations department died of heart attack over the weekend.

18
Feb

Etihad Airways set to transforming passenger services with Sabre

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways will make its ‘Big Switch’ to new, state-of-the-art, passenger sales, website and check-in systems, the most significant milestone in its $1 billion, 10-year deal with Sabre Airline Solutions.

18
Feb

PAL Revs Up Crew Recruitment

Source: Manila Bulletin

Dozens of successful cabin crew applicants in Philippine Airlines (PAL) started formal training this month, as the flag carrier steps up recruitment in Mindanao.

18
Feb

Airline Merger Paves Industry Consolidation

Posted on Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AFP) – Thursday’s merger between American Airlines and US Airways marks the latest in a series of recent deals that has consolidated the airline industry.

18
Feb

Higher fuel surcharge sought

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC has asked the regulator’s clearance to impose higher fuel surcharges on a fifth of the budget carrier’s domestic routes, a notice of hearing of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

15
Feb

DOTC: Powered by press releases

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

If issuing press releases will bring about better commuter trains, new and rehabilitated airports and a Category 1 upgrade for our aviation sector, we would be a model in the region instead of a basket case. The DOTC folks are experts in hype… in keeping our hopes high and in making us believe they are up to the mandate entrusted to them.

15
Feb

Domestic airline passenger traffic up by 10%

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Domestic airline passenger traffic rose by nearly a tenth last year, as lower plane fares encouraged more Filipinos to travel around the country by air, government data released this week showed.

15
Feb

Korean Carrier Asiana Is Chosen ‘Airline Of The Year’ Again

Posted on Manila Bulletin


Asiana Airlines (OZ), which flies out of Manila, Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, now marks the fourth consecutive year of being named Airline of the Year. The global Korean carrier has recently accepted the Airline of the Year title from Premier Traveler magazine in a New York awarding ceremony.

15
Feb

Clark Emerges As Aviation Hub

Posted on Manila Bulletin


Record traffic statistics at Clark International Airport in Pampanga have given a big boost to government efforts to promote the airport as an emerging international airline hub.

15
Feb

American-US Air $11 billion merger gets board OK: sources

By Soyoung Kim | Reuters

(Reuters) - The boards of AMR Corp AAMRQ.PK and US Airways Group Inc (LCC.N) each met on Wednesday to approve a merger that would create the world's largest airline with an expected market value of around $11 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

14
Feb

Phl confident of passing ICAO audit next week

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration is confident that the Philippines would pass the audit to be conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) scheduled on Monday.

14
Feb

MVP, Gokongwei tie up for Cebu airport

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly-held Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) of Hong Kong’s First Pacific and JG Summit Holdings Inc. of taipan John L. Gokongwei Jr. have joined forces to boost their chances of bagging the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport project.

14
Feb

Civil aviation body to arrive Monday for airport audit

By Emilia Narni J. David | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is confident safety concerns brought up by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have been addressed as the international body is set to arrive in the country on Monday for an audit.

13
Feb

DOTC gets P1.89 B for NAIA 3

By Zinnia B. Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management has turned over P1.89 billion to the Department of Transportation and Communications to complete and refurbish the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA 3).

13
Feb

At last, NAIA 3 repair underway

By Aurea Calica | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) will finally get its much-needed rehabilitation after the government released P1.89 billion to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for the facility’s completion.

13
Feb

American, US Airways Near Mega-Merger

By John Biers | AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) – American Airlines and US Airways are close to striking a merger deal that would create the largest airline in the United States in the latest bout of consolidation in the US aviation industry.

12
Feb

CEB Adds More Summer Flights

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Gearing up for summer peak travel in the Philippines, Cebu Pacific is mounting additional flights to select domestic and international destinations next month.

12
Feb

2GO Unveils Improved Cargo Service

Source: Manila Bulletin

2GO Express, a cargo forwarding company under 2GO Group, has unveiled LCL Supreme, the improved lead-time defined service that guarantees 2GO Express shippers the delivery of their cargo to five selected ports within four days after actual vessel departure.

11
Feb

Mactan-Cebu airport reports more passengers

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

PASSENGER traffic at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) increased last year as more local travelers trooped to the island-province, data from the airport management’s Web site showed.

11
Feb

Delay in Bicol airport project hit

By Gil Cabacungan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Four months after a bidding was held for the Bicol International Airport construction in Daraga, Albay, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has yet to award the contract for the project.

11
Feb

ANA Canceling 681 More Flights

Posted on Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it would cancel 681 flights in March, bringing the number of flights scrapped due to the Boeing Dreamliner’s grounding last month to nearly 1,900.

08
Feb

Bidding for Naia Expressway project delayed

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The construction of the second phase of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Expressway is facing delays after the government granted interested investors six more weeks to submit their bids.

08
Feb

PAL gets P2.1M tax refund for in-flight booze

By Ronnel W. Domingo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to refund Philippine Airlines P2.1 million in excise taxes it had paid in 2008.

08
Feb

FAA clears Boeing test flights of 787 Dreamliner

Source: Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration late Thursday approved Boeing’s request to conduct test flights of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft as part of the FAA’s battery fire probe.

07
Feb

Carriers seek surcharge approval

By CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

TWO LOCAL carriers -- Southeast Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) and Zest Airways, Inc. -- have asked the regulator for clearance to impose revised fuel surcharges on local and international flights, notices uploaded on the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Web site yesterday showed.

07
Feb

Malaysia Airlines takes to skies as oneworld member

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Malaysia Airlines commenced operations today as a full member of the award winning oneworld airline alliance.

07
Feb

Boom or bust: Competition heats up for Indonesia's budget airlines

By Anshuman Daga and Janeman Latul | Reuters

(Reuters) - Indonesia's economic boom should be a bonanza for airlines clamoring for a slice of the world's fourth-most populous country. But the bankruptcy of its No. 4 airline, Batavia Air, shows how smaller operators are finding it hard to survive.

06
Feb

PAL parent firm raising capital to P30B

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly-listed PAL Holdings Inc., the parent firm of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is further beefing up its capital stock by another 30 percent to beef up its capitalization to fund the airline’s ongoing re-fleeting program.

06
Feb

Airport traffic rising

By Sarwell Q. Meniano | BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CCAP) said passenger traffic at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport went up after more flights were introduced.

06
Feb

Etihad’s net profit jumps 200% to $42M

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, reported a net profit of $42 million in 2012, up 200 percent on 2011 ($14 million) in a year which saw strong improvements in revenues, passengers numbers and cost control.

06
Feb

JAL Chalks Up $1.52-B Income

Posted in Manila Bulletin


TOKYO (AP) - Japan Airlines, which made a comeback from bankruptcy last fall, says its net profit fell 3.7 percent in the first three quarters of 2012, but the carrier raised its full-year profit estimate despite the impact from its grounded Boeing 787s.

05
Feb

Regulators Won’t Rush to Get Boeing 787 Back in Air, LaHood Says

By Jeff Plungis and Alan Levin | Bloomberg


Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. aviation regulators aren’t pressing to get Boeing Co.’s 787 back into the air and won’t let the grounded Dreamliner jet resume flights until they know it’s safe, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

05
Feb

Qantas Broadens Reach In Asia

Posted in: Manila Bulletin


SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian flag-carrier Qantas Monday announced plans to broaden its reach in Asia as part of a  trategy to turn around its struggling international arm, with several extra destinations being considered.

05
Feb

Boeing engineers begin vote on strike next week

By: Joshua Freed | Associated Press


Just when Boeing really needs its engineers, they’re voting on whether to strike.

04
Feb

Signing Of Carriers Bill Seen

Posted on: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- Congress will transmit the enrolled copy of a bill seeking to remove taxes on international carriers and shippers for President Benigno S. Aquino III's signature heading into the break for the election period.

04
Feb

Korean, Malaysian firms eye Cebu airport

By: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Seoul-based Samsung C&T Corp. and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) are set to join the controversial P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu international airport terminal project to be auctioned by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) this month.

04
Feb

Cebu Port Authority To Improve Services, Plans To Install VTMS

By: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) is planning to enhance its port operations with the possibility of installing a vessel traffic management system (VTMS) to aid the harbor pilot in the entry and exit of vessels.

04
Feb

DOTC Sets Aside P166 Million For Terminal Facilities

By: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has earmarked P166.4 million for the construction of semi-permanent PVC tent terminal buildings in Tagbilaran, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, and Clark International Airports to provide travel convenience for the increasing number of domestic and international visitors in these areas.

04
Feb

SEAir posts losses as it steps up network expansion

By: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) posted hefty losses in October to December last year, as the company worked to expand its route network with the backing of Singapore’s Tiger Airways, one of its major shareholders.

04
Feb

Carriers bag rights to fly to Kuwait, Bangkok

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

THREE AIRLINES have bagged new and additional entitlements to Kuwait and Bangkok, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said late last week.

04
Feb

Boeing 787 Grounding Puts Scoot’s Expansion In Peril

By: Kyunghee Park and Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

Scoot Pte, the budget carrier owned by Singapore Airlines Ltd., said its growth hinges on getting Boeing Co. Dreamliners, which have been grounded worldwide for three weeks amid an investigation into battery fires.

04
Feb

CEB Orders Cabin Crew Training Equipment, Sets New Recruitment Fair

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air will be the only airline in the country to use a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 door trainer for its cabin crew, starting March 2013.

21
Feb

Maersk Cuts 9% of Asia-Europe Ship Capacity in Effort to Restore Profits

Source: Christian Wienberg and Michelle Wiese Bockmann | Bloomberg

Maersk Line (MAERSKB), the world’s largest container carrier, said it will cut 9 percent of its shipping capacity on Asia to Europe, its largest trade route, in an effort to restore profitability.

21
Feb

Fil-Am Hawaii, Intramuros win

Source: journal.com.ph

DAVAO CITY  --  Fil-Am Hawaii and Club Intramuros emerged as division champions at the close of the Philippine Airlines Interclub seniors golf team championships Sunday.

21
Feb

Air Seychelles to fly twice weekly to Abu Dhabi

Source: seychellesweekly.com

Seychelles’ national airline – Air Seychelles – yesterday announced details of its new direct flights from Mahe to Abu Dhabi.

21
Feb

Gov’t eyeing NAIA-3 move

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is looking to transfer part of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1’s (NAIA-1) operations to Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) by yearend, a Cabinet official yesterday said, as part of efforts to decongest the 30-year-old facility.

21
Feb

Connector road can co-exist with commuter train proj - MPTC

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the road infrastructure subsidiary of Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), yesterday maintained that its planned multi-billion peso connector road project can co-exist with any commuter train project that government is eyeing to put up.

21
Feb

PAL Interclub: Wack Wack gets boost from Manotocs

Source: Musong R. Castillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

DAVAO—Regular men’s action in the 69th Philippine Airlines Interclub gets going here Wednesday, with Wack Wack looming as a beneficiary of Canlubang’s leave of absence.

21
Feb

NAIA eyes hike in terminal fee

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is planning to increase the terminal fee being collected from departing passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from P550 to P750.

14
Feb

Cebu Pacific takes 50% market share in 3 big cities

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei-controlled Cebu Pacific (CEB) continued to serve the most number of Filipinos with close to 50 percent market share in a top three cities outside Manila in 2011.

14
Feb

Boeing Projects $4 Trillion Market for 33.500 New Airplanes Over Next 20 Years

Source: finchanne.com

The FINANCIAL -- PARIS, June 16, 2011 -- Boeing forecasts a $4 trillion market for new aircraft over the next 20 years with a significant increase in forecasted deliveries.

14
Feb

Airbus CEO says company 'screwed up' on A380 wing cracks

Source: raitstimes.com

Airbus A380(AFP) - Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders vowed on Monday that the company will quickly fix tiny cracks detected on the wings of its flagship A380 super jumbo, admitting 'we screwed that up'.

14
Feb

Indonesia's Lion Air delays IPO, slams EU ban

Source: Tim Hepher | Reuters

(Reuters) - Low-cost Indonesia carrier Lion Air has postponed plans for a 2012 flotation worth more than $1 billion, its chief executive and co-founder said, bowing to uncertainty over the readiness of Asian investors to back new share offerings in volatile markets.

14
Feb

Inexperience Found In AirAsia X Australia Probe On 'Low Descent'

Source: Manila Bulletin

SYDNEY (AFP) – Two AirAsia X crews who flew dangerously low into Australia's Gold Coast were ''probably not adequately equipped'' to make the descent, Australian air safety investigators have found.

14
Feb

CEB Dominates Air Cargo Market

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has dominated the local airfreight in 2011 with a market share of 49 percent, becoming the largest domestic cargo carrier.

14
Feb

Airline Orders Up To 24 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen Regional Jets

Source: Manila Bulletin

MONTREAL – Bombardier Aerospace announced that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm order for six CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on another 18.

14
Feb

LTP Opens New $30M Hangar

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Expecting surging demand for servicing long-haul Airbus planes in Asia, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP), has opened a US$30-million third wide-body plane hangar in Manila for work on the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

14
Feb

DOTC opts to scrap Stradcom contract

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has decided to replace Stradcom Corp. as the information technology (IT) systems provider of the Land Transportation Office once the company’s contract ends next year.

14
Feb

Del Monte PAL Interclub fave with Cangolf, TCC out

Source:  Philippine Daily Inquirer

Del Monte will try this year to do something it has never done before in the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub golf championships—win the men’s title away from home.

10
Feb

PAL Flies Donations For Free

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manilla Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL) has flown donated relief goods for free to victims of the recent earthquake that hit Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete and Cebu.

10
Feb

Inter-Agency MOA Inked To Enhance Iloilo Transport, Tourism Industry Links

Source: TARA YAP | Manila Bulletin

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — An inter-agency agreement was recently inked to enhance the land transportation industry as a tourism front-liner in Iloilo.

10
Feb

Airphil Express opens 4 new routes via Clark

Source: Mary Ann Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Airphil Express, the fastest growing budget carrier in the country, is expanding its service capabilities further with the launch of four new routes to and from Clark starting March 29.

10
Feb

Qantas, Korean Air check A380s for wing cracks

Source: Narayanan Somasundaram and Ju-min Park | www.reuters.com

Qantas Airways flight QF31, an Airbus A380 bound for Singapore and London, takes off from Sydney airport November 27, 2010.  Credit: Reuters/Tim Wimborne(Reuters) - Qantas Airways and Korean Air will carry out inspections for wing cracks on their Airbus A380 superjumbo planes earlier than previously scheduled, after European air safety officials ordered global checks, warning of a safety risk if the defects were not fixed.

10
Feb

Airlines to serve Samar

Source: Sarwell Q. Meniano | BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- Two small airlines will launch services in Samar in two weeks, an official said.