23
Mar

US, Britain ban laptops on flights from Turkey and Arab world

Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON, United States — The United States and Britain on Tuesday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

22
Mar

CIAC seeks release of add’l P162 million for terminal building

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) yesterday is requesting the transfer of the second tranche, or P161.7 million, of its P2.8-billion budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

22
Mar

Wakay Air servicing Clark-Nueva Vizcaya

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Wakay Air will service the Clark International Airport (CRK) to Bagabag, Nueva Viscaya a couple of months from now, starting May 17, 2017, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander Cauguiran yesterday announced.

21
Mar

Boutique airline optimistic on growth

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

AIR JUAN is optimistic about the boutique airline’s growth this year, citing continued demand for its services and additional routes.

15
Mar

Global airlines improve2016 safety performance

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Last year, 3.8 billion travelers flew safely on 40.4 million flights. The number of total accidents, fatal accidents and deaths all declined versus the five-year average, showing that aviation continues to become safer,” announced International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

15
Mar

China Eastern Airlines to start Clark-Shanghai direct flights soon

Manila Bulletin

China Eastern Airlines is set to mount its initial flight via Clark-Shanghai in the next few months targeting mostly business travelers following the airport’s increase in the number of flight routes and passengers from three years ago, according to an executive of the state-run Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

15
Mar

At 76, PAL takes passengers to new heights

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Phillippines – After expanding to new territories, bringing the world’s attention to some of the Philippines’ most breathtaking destinations, and launching its new Brand Equity, “The Heart of the Filipino,” Philippine Airlines (PAL) further intensifies its commitment to the millions of passengers it serves annually as it marks its 76th  year this March.

14
Mar

Cebu Pacific resumes Surigao flights

The Philippine Airlines

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) through its subsidiary Cebgo resumed regular flights to and from Surigao City over the weekend.

14
Mar

Gov’t to review airport proposals

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT will review all airport proposals submitted by different firms, including one from the GMR-Megawide consortium on the development of Clark International Airport.

13
Mar

Tugade pledges to implement all planned transport projects

Manila Bulletin

Projects of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be implemented or at least started before the current administration’s term ends in 2022, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade told 9th Philippine Ports and Shipping Conference participants on February 23.

13
Mar

Tagaytay radar back in operation

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have returned to normal after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) lifted on Saturday night a notice to airmen for the shutdown of the Tagaytay radar.

13
Mar

AirAsia looking at 90% load factor this year with new flights

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Philippines AirAsia, the local affiliate of Asian budget carrier AirAsia Berhad, is looking at an overall 90% load factor for local and international flights this year, higher than the 85% performance last year, with the introduction of new flights starting April 22.

09
Mar

Cebu Pacific marks first anniversary of first US destination – in Guam

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), celebrates one year of service between Manila and its first US destination, Guam. The introduction of CEB flights to and from Guam has largely contributed to the surge in tourist arrivals from the Philippines. CEB is the only low-cost carrier operating direct services between the Philippines and Guam.

09
Mar

Budget airline off to a good start

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Air Inc., the country’s largest budget airline group, saw an uptick in passenger volume at the start of 2017.

09
Mar

AirAsia adds more Cebu flights

BusinessWorld Online

In a statement, AirAsia said it will start on April 22 daily flights from Cebu to Boracay and Palawan, as well as twice daily flights to Davao.

06
Mar

PAL sets new flights to Middle East

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is overhauling its operations in the Middle East, announcing it would operate all nonstop flights to seven destinations while adding more premium seats, including business class.

06
Mar

Sangley international gateway project to address air, sea and road congestion

Manila Bulletin

The Sangley gateway project of All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corporation (ARRC) will help solve the airport, seaport and traffic congestion in NAIA, South Harbor and the roads of Metro Manila. It will also result in new “cities” being developed where NAIA and port area are.

06
Mar

AirAsia issues e-boarding pass

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  Passengers of Philippines AirAsia Inc. can now use their smartphones to check-in flights through the e-boarding pass made available on all domestic flights in the country.

06
Mar

More airlines use Clark for strategic expansion

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  Local and foreign airline companies have started to use Clark International Airport to boost their strategic expansion, a top Clark investor noted.

03
Mar

Clark Airport prepares for Tagaytay radar shutdown

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

CIAC, AIRLINE OPERATORS MEET TO DISCUSSS FLIGHT DIVERSION WITH RADAR SHUTDOWN – Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (center) meets with members of the Airline Operators’ Council-Manila (AOC-MNL) to discuss plans for the possible diversion of flights from Manila to the Clark International Airport (CRK) due to the temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay radar for maintenance and upgrading on March 6 to 11. The AOC-MNL is composed of airport managers of all airlines flying at NAIA. With Cauguiran are CIAC VP for Airport Operations Dan Bautista and CIAC Terminal Operations Manager Hilarion Ritche Nacpil. Also on hand were ground handlers operating at the Clark airport.

03
Mar

PAL flying non-stop to Middle East

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to start non-stop service between Manila and seven destinations in the Middle East later this month.

03
Mar

PAL battles Emirates for daily Dubai route

The Philippine Star

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will challenge its former code-share partner Emirates by slashing 50 percent off the introductory economy and business class fares for the busy Manila-Dubai route.

02
Mar

CIAC seeks release of P2.8-B airport development fund

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The government should release Clark International Airport (CRK)’s P2.89-billion development fund immediately now that flights and passengers have increased versus 3-5 ago, urged Clark International Airport Authority (CIAC) President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran.

02
Mar

Clark airport ready for Tagaytay radar shutdown

The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines – The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) has prepared a contingency plan during the shutdown of the Tagaytay surveillance radar on March 6 to 11.

02
Mar

Air China to start Cebu-Beijing flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

One of China’s largest airlines plans to launch operations in Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the Philippines’ second-busiest air gateway, an official of operator GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. said on Tuesday.

02
Mar

Chinese airlines increasing flights to Cebu

BusinessWorld Online

CHINESE AIRLINES are expanding its operations at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) with new routes and flights set to commence starting this month, the operator of the country’s second busiest gateway said.

02
Mar

PAL to operate all nonstop flights to Middle East

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL), owned by tycoon Lucio C. Tan, will launch all nonstop flights from Manila to seven Middle East destinations on March 26.

01
Apr

Emirates’ first circular service from Dubai arrives in Cebu, Clark

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Mactan, Cebu –  Emirates launched its first-ever Dubai-Cebu-Clark-Dubai circular service in the Philippines the other day (March 30, 2016).

31
Mar

Cebu Pacific income up 400% to P4.39B in 2015

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget carrier, saw profit surge in 2015 as it tapped into the fast-growing demand for air travel while benefiting from lower fuel prices.

30
Mar

CEB braces for summer peak travel

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

To meet surging passenger demand for the summer peak travel period, Cebu Pacific (CEB) is adding flight frequencies from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao to key domestic and international destinations,

30
Mar

CebuPac adds flights to meet demand

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, added key flight frequencies in the Philippines and overseas to meet higher passenger demand during peak summer months.

30
Mar

Cebu Pacific adding more flights to key destinations this summer

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific is mounting more flights to key tourism destinations starting April, to accommodate the surge in passengers during the summer season.

29
Mar

Taiwan’s V Air to expand Philippine routes

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

AFTER LAUNCHING its first Manila-Taipei flight, Taiwanese budget carrier V Air is keen on expanding its routes to include tourist hot spots Cebu, Kalibo and Puerto Princesa, as it seeks to capture young travelers seeking affordable options.

28
Mar

DoTC urges JICA study on new airport

By Daphne J. Magturo | usinessWorld Online

A NEW $10-billion international airport is expected to be operational by 2026, the Transportation secretary said, adding that this will be located 20 minutes away from a central business district.

28
Mar

PAL targets OFWs with new Manila-Doha flight

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) will mount today its regular flights to Doha, targeting the 200,000 overseas Filipinos in Qatar as the flag carrier continues to expand in the Middle East.

23
Mar

Gov’t shifts airport strategy; to develop multiple gateways

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is now looking at a multi-airport approach to address persistent air congestion problems and the need to expand the capacity of Philippine gateways in anticipation of more arrivals in the medium to long-term.

22
Mar

PAL’s 75th anniversary bash in Los Angeles

By Bobit S. Avila | The Philippine Star

LOS ANGELES, California — Last Friday evening, we joined the international presscon to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in Los Angeles. PAL officials went out of their way to bring Cebu and Manila media to the SLS Boutique Hotel in La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Grove. At the same time, media people from Los Angeles were doing the same thing in Cebu as PAL’s 75th year started with a bang with the first ever direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles and back.

21
Mar

Additional Cebu–LA PAL flights eyed

By Fil C. Sionil | Manila Bulletin

Los Angeles, California — Philippine Airlines (PAL) is bullish on the potential of its recently-launched Cebu-Los Angeles service as it plans to increase the frequency of flights from the current three to five times a week.

21
Mar

PAL offers special Marinduque flights

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will offer two special flights to Marinduque in time for celebration of the Moriones Festival and the observation of the Lenten Season.

18
Mar

Seair appoints new president, CEO

BusinessMirror

SOUTH EAST Asian Airlines (Seair) International Inc. announced the appointment of Patrick Tan as its president and chief operating officer (COO), and Capt. Benjamin S. Solis as the airline’s CEO effective March 1, 2016, following the retirement of Dr. Avelino DL. Zapanta on February 29, 2016.

18
Mar

CebuPac sees 9% growth in passengers

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

GUAM – Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific expects to see a nine percent growth in its passenger volume this year from last year amid the launch of services to new destinations.

17
Mar

Cebu Pacific faces challenges to growing Manila-Guam route

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

TUMON, GUAM -- When Cebu Air, Inc. announced last November that it would launch a Manila-Guam route, rival airlines reportedly dropped fare prices by as much as 25%, as they prepared for the entry of the budget carrier known for its cheap fares.

16
Mar

Mactan-Cebu Airport welcomes first direct PAL flight to the US

Manila Bulletin

Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan – GMR-MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) welcomed yesterday, ( March 15), the first  direct flight to Los Angeles from Cebu by flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), which marks the first US connection out of Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

16
Mar

Cebu Pacific sees profit from long-haul business

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

GUAM – Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific expects its long-haul business to post profit this year as it looks to launch new flight services and expand capacity in the Middle East and the US.

16
Mar

PAL targets 5-star status in 5 years

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) aims to transform into a five-star airline in five years following an aggressive route network expansion, fleet modernization and service innovation program.

16
Mar

Airlines too victimized by extortion at NAIA

By Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star

Angel Honrado supposedly helped Noynoy Aquino escape death from ambushing putschists against President-mom Cory in 1989. Is that why P-Noy now lets Honrado escape culpability for misdeeds at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport that he heads?

16
Mar

CEB starts Guam service

By Annelle Tayao-Juego | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air yesterday launched its inaugural flight to Guam from Manila, marking the airline’s first voyage into United States territory.

16
Mar

Int’l airport in Bohol on track for completion

By Dexter Cabalza | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TAGBILARAN CITY—Except for a peripheral issue that needs court intervention, construction is in full swing for Bohol province’s new P4.6-billion international airport, according to project officials.

16
Mar

Cebu Pacific sees strong demand for Guam flights

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

GUAM -- Cebu Air, Inc. on Tuesday launched its maiden flight to the United States, with the aim of tripling passenger traffic between Manila and Guam in less than a year on expected strong demand from the large population of overseas Filipinos here.

16
Mar

PAL aims to become 5-star airline by 2020

By Krista A.M. Montealegre | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) hopes to join the elite circle of carriers adopting to the highest product and service standards in five years that may see billionaire Lucio C. Tan’s airline taking in a foreign partner.

15
Mar

PAL celebrates 75 years of service to Filipinos

By Bobit Avila | The Philippine Star

It was on that fateful day on March 15, 1941 when the first ever-commercial flight under the registered name of Philippine Air Lines flew Mr. Andres Soriano Sr. and his friends from the Nielsen Field to Baguio City. Few people remember where this historic flight emanated because most people don't even remember a Nielsen Field. It is actually in the heart of Ayala Avenue in Makati City where the original Nielsen Tower has been kept restored as a fancy restaurant.

15
Mar

PAL’s Cebu to LAX flight to celebrate its 75th year

By Bobit S. Avila | The Philippine Star

Today is a red-letter day in the history of Philippine Airlines (PAL) when on Feb. 26, 1941, Filipino businessmen led by Andres Soriano Sr. incorporated Philippine Air Lines and on March 15, 1941 a single Beechcraft Model 18 NPC-54 flew a daily service between Manila from the old Nielson Field (What’s left of that today is the Nielson Tower) and Baguio City. That was a short-lived airline service because it was interrupted by World War II. Flight operations resumed after the war and on July 31, 1946, PAL became the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific Ocean on a chartered DC-4 that carried US servicemen from Nielson Airport to Oakland.

14
Mar

US Congress mulls law vs ‘ridiculous’ airline fees

By Justin Bachman | Bloomberg

Outraged by the $200 fee the airline charged you to change your ticket, or the $100 for that second suitcase to Europe? Two senators are out to stanch the avalanche of fees with the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous Fees Act.

14
Mar

Asia Pacific air travel up in January

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – International air travel in the Asia-Pacific region sustained its upward trend due to the increase in direct airport connections, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported.

11
Mar

P7-billion Bohol International Airport in Panglao to open by 2017

By Roy Mabasa | Manila Bulletin

Bohol —  By December 2017, the New Bohol International Airport located in world-renowned Panglao Island will be fully operational to serve as the new gateway to Central Philippines for international tourists.

10
Mar

AsPac carriers hike freight volume 1.3% in January

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – AsiaPacific-based carriers have resumed their upward trend in air freight volume despite the weak backdrop of trade to and from the region, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported.

10
Mar

U.S. Airlines Review Capacity Plans as Average Fares Drop

By Doug Cameron | The Wall Street Journal

U.S. airlines are starting to review their capacity plans in the wake of a continuing drop in average fares, with the decline in ticket prices outpacing the slide in fuel costs.

10
Mar

Tourism, aviation policies need to be aligned — DOT

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

The Philippines needs to align its tourism and aviation policies to capitalize on the rapidly growing aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said yesterday.

09
Mar

Cebu Pacific celebrates 20th anniversary

Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), celebrates 20 years of service today (March 8, 2016) with its trademark P1 seat sale to 34 domestic and several international destinations. The seat sale runs from March 8 to 10, 2016 or until seats last, for travel from July 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

08
Mar

Airlines allocate more seat capacity for PH flights

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Airline seats allocation for the Philippines has increased to 13 million last year from 9 million previously, indicating more carriers giving more priority  to the Philippines, which sought to get more cities in the country get air connections.

08
Mar

Philippines eyes more foreign carriers

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is eyeing more foreign carriers to add to the existing capacity and mount flights to new destinations, as Routes Asia 2016, the largest aviation event in the region, takes place in the country.

08
Mar

6 airlines eye Clark airport

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – Six more foreign airlines have expressed interest in operating at the Clark International Airport (CIA).

04
Mar

Singapore Air Has Premium Flyers in Its Sights

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Ltd., hurt by competition from opulent Middle Eastern carriers and a rash of budget airlines, is trying to revive its fortunes the way it knows best: wooing flyers with new aircraft.

04
Mar

PAL eyes more int’l flights from Davao

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

DAVAO CITY -- Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) is increasing its daily flights between Davao and Cebu to three a day beginning April, as the flag carrier eyes more international routes from the airports of these two cities.

03
Mar

7 airlines eye Clark Airport operations

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

At least seven airlines, mostly low cost carriers (LCC), have expressed interest in operating at Clark International Airport (CRK), International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III yesterdayannounced.

03
Mar

Aquino lays time capsule at new Bohol airport work site

By Madel Sabater - Namit | Manila Bulletin

Tagbilaran, Bohol – President Aquino yesterday visited the construction site of the New Bohol Airport that will replace the existing Tagbilaran Airport here.

03
Mar

AirAsia reduces net loss in 2015

By Louella Desiderio | The Philipine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The local unit of AirAsia Berhad trimmed its losses in 2015.

02
Mar

Air Asia PH on track to breaking even in ’16

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

PHILIPPINES Air Asia is bullish on its prospects of breaking even or posting a profit in 2016 after significantly narrowing losses in the fourth quarter of 2015.

01
Apr

Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

AP

Beijing – A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of a historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.

01
Apr

Turkish Airlines eyes daily flights to Istanbul

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, is looking at expanding its flights between the Philippines and Turkey after launching its direct, non-stop Manila - Istanbul flights last Monday.

01
Apr

Glitch forces PAL plane to make emergency landing

Philippine Daily Inquirer

PALAWAN, Philippines—A Palawan-bound Philippine Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday morning due to a mechanical glitch.

31
Mar

Valte slams PAL for inefficient check-in

By Delon Porcalla | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A spokesperson for President Aquino expressed dismay yesterday over the inefficient system being adopted by flag-carrier Philippine Airlines when she was bumped off from the queue even if she arrived for the check-in much earlier than those who were accommodated.

31
Mar

Kalibo airport wing opens; night flights for CDO

By Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

UPGRADES to the airports in Kalibo and Northern Mindanao have been declared ready for use in time for the high season of domestic travel, while construction will start on the new airport in Bohol during the dry months, officials said.

31
Mar

Passenger traffic in Asia Pacific grows 11.9% in February

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Passenger traffic and air cargo volume in the Asia-Pacific region showed a strong growth in February 2015, according to the  Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

31
Mar

DOTC awards P3-B Bohol airport project

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded the P3.36-billion contract for the construction of the New Bohol airport to a joint venture of Japanese companies.

30
Mar

NAIA dev’t project bidder may build proposed fifth terminal

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The bidder who wins the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Development Project is likely to construct the proposed fifth terminal building at the country’s premier gateway.

30
Mar

PNoy to inspect transport hubs

By Genalyn Kabiling | Manila Bulletin

Concerned about the safety of the people, President Aquino is expected to visit major transportation hubs in Metro Manila this week to check security arrangements for the influx of travelers this Holy Week.

30
Mar

PAL orders 2 more Airbus, revises sked for 10 planes

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is acquiring two brand new Airbus aircraft under a revised fleet renewal program after successfully buying back the stake of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC).

30
Mar

‘Aircraft situation’ grounds flights

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Despite the influx of passengers at airports for the Holy Week holidays, 13 domestic flights were cancelled by two budget airline companies on Sunday due to an “aircraft situation.”

30
Mar

AirAsia Philippines eyes Puerto Princesa as 3rd leg to Davao-Kota Kinabalu

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines, Inc. is considering offering a Davao-Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu service, expanding on previous plans for the Davao-Kota Kinabalu route.

27
Mar

‘Worst’ no more? Naia 1 makeover 85% complete

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Amid the hammering and whirr of tools, the public address system at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 tirelessly issues an appeal: “Please bear with us. We are undergoing renovations to better serve you.”

26
Mar

Missed your flight due to March 23 traffic? Airlines waive rebooking fee

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Domestic airline companies have agreed to waive the rebooking fee for passengers who missed their flights Monday night due to heavy traffic near Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Pasay City.

26
Mar

This early PAL profits up

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines posted profits of $50 million for January and February this year as reported by PAL president and COO Jimmy Bautista during the board meeting held earlier this week. The improved performance in the past couple of months can be attributed to a number of developments, among them the “new” revenue management team reinstated by Jimmy after PAL regained control of the carrier (following a buyback of the 49-percent stake that San Miguel Corp. purchased in 2012), the lowering of fuel costs and the streamlining of operations that helped increase passenger count.

26
Mar

Cebu Pacific ’14 net profit rose 66.7%

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget carrier, said net income last year rose 66.7 percent, following a bump in passenger volume and revenue following the acquisition of the Philippine unit of Singapore’s Tiger Airways.

25
Mar

JG Summit cuts capex budget

By Krista A. M. Montealegre | BusinessWorld Online

JG Summit Holdings, Inc. is reducing its capital expenditure (capex) budget for the year in the absence of big-ticket projects that pushed spending in the last two years.

25
Mar

Caap: Enhancing stature

BusinessMirror

THE unilateral focus on  institutional strengthening and operational efficiency that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) under the stewardship of Director General Lt. Gen. William K. Hotchkiss III AFP (Ret.) has adopted since June 2012, had resulted in the removal of all sanctions imposed on Philippine civil aviation since 2008.With the regaining of its Category 1 aviation safety rating from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last April 10, 2014, Caap has primed the civil aviation sector for growth and development. To capitalize on this remarkable achievement and the advantageous situation it has created for the Philippine civil aviation sector, Caap has formulated Flight Plan 2020, its strategic roadmap for sustainability, to ensure the continued viability and profitability of its stakeholders and substantiate its intent of being an active player in regional civil aviation in view of the  transformative impact of the emergent Single Aviation Market among the 10 member-states that

24
Mar

PAL to acquire 5 new airplanes for $280 M

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is spending $280 million for its capital expenditures this year primarily to finance the acquisition of five brand new Airbus aircraft.

24
Mar

San Miguel stays keen on airport development

BusinessWorld Online

DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) remains keen on its proposal to build a new $10-billion airport in Metro Manila and bid for regional airport and port development deals up for grabs under the public-private partnership (PPP) program, a top company official said on Monday.

24
Mar

Chinese airline completes flight using cooking oil as fuel

AFP

Hainan-AirlinesShanghai – A Chinese airline on Saturday completed the country’s first commercial flight using biofuel, made from waste cooking oil, as the government seeks to promote greater environmental sustainability.

24
Mar

DOF exempts airliners from stringent BIR import clearance

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Finance (DOF) has exempted airline companies with congressional franchise from the stringent ruling of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on importations.

23
Mar

Philippines, Canada set exchange of trade, invest missions

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and Canada have agreed to enhance bilateral trade and investment relations through the conduct of business missions.

23
Mar

Anti-monopoly policy on airport projects seen

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Citing regulatory problems experienced by Argentina, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is keen on implementing an anti-monopoly policy in the awarding of airport public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

23
Mar

Emirates prods gov’t on extra Manila-Dubai flights

By Roy Mabasa | Manila Bulletin

Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, has appealed to the Philippine government for an extra flight daily between Manila and Dubai to better serve the increasing number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as well as the prospect of tourists coming from the Middle East and other Gulf states.

23
Mar

PAL set to complete rationalization plan

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is set to complete the rationalization plan wherein it would focus on international routes while low cost carrier unit PAL Express would service domestic destinations.

23
Mar

House bill assigning routes for foreign ships, planes approved on 2nd reading

BusinessWorld Online

THE MEASURE that assigns allowable routes for foreign ships and planes passing through the Philippines has been approved by the House of Representatives.

23
Mar

DoF waives ICCs for airline parts imports

BusinessWorld Online

AIRLINES with congressional franchises have been exempted from the import clearance process for equipment, machinery and parts, the Department of Finance (DoF) said in an order, citing compelling public interest.

20
Mar

PAL flies to Jinjiang

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines announced the start of service on March 29 to their newest destination Jinjiang, a city in Fujian province. The city is known for its foreign-owned factories in the clothing and footwear industry and has seen the rise of migrant workers in recent years.

20
Mar

Cebu Air’s billionaire family seeks tropical island airports

Bloomberg

THE FAMILY of Philippine billionaire John L. Gokongwei, Jr., which owns Cebu Air, Inc., wants to branch out to airports in tropical destinations to boost regional flights.

20
Mar

U.S. Airlines Seek Ban on Gulf Carrier Trips From Outside Region

By Michael SassoMatthew A Winkler | Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- The biggest U.S. airlines, sparring with three Persian Gulf carriers over flights into the country, have asked the Obama administration to consider new limits on that service, Delta Air Lines Inc.’s chief executive officer said.

19
Mar

New Malaysia airline plans to buy $1.5-B Bombardier CSeries jets

Reuters

Langkawi, Malaysia – A new privately held Malaysian airline intends to buy 20 Bombardier Inc .CS100 aircraft for $1.5 billion, in what could be the Canadian planemaker’s first order in Southeast Asia for its long-delayed CSeries passenger jet program.

19
Mar

Metro Pacific to bid for airport PPP contracts

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

METRO PACIFIC Investments Corp. (MPIC) has bought bid documents for the P108.9-billion worth of contracts to develop, operate and maintain (O&M) five regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) program of the government, its chairman said on Wednesday.

19
Mar

Govt eyes 1m US tourists

By Roderick T. dela Cruz | ManilaStandardToday

NEW YORK—The Tourism Department has unveiled a plan to boost the annual tourism traffic from the United States to the Philippines to 1 million in three years, supported by the reopening of the Manila-Vancouver-New York service of Philippine Airlines.

18
Mar

P5.8-B Puerto Princesa airport dev’t removed from package up for bidding

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has excluded the new Puerto Princesa airport in Palawan from the list of provincial airports that are being offered to investors in bundles under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

18
Mar

PAL looking at mounting daily flights to New York

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

NEW YORK – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is looking at mounting daily flights here after flying back to the “Big Apple” after an 18-year hiatus.

18
Mar

PH envoy to Spain takes part in air traffic management congress

Manila Bulletin

atmPhilippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos C. Salinas attended the inauguration ceremony of the 3rd edition of the World Air Traffic Management (ATM) Congress held at IFEMA on March 10. The World ATM Congress aims to impart the latest trends and developments in the ATM industry as well as provide networking opportunities to ATM professionals from around the world. The Congress is organized by the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO).

18
Mar

AirAsia unit in PH plans to go public in 2016

Budget airline chief cites improving ticket sales
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine unit of Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Berhad may go public by 2016 to finance potential expansion moves amid improving business prospects, one of its Philippines-based executives said.

18
Mar

U.S. Airlines vs. Arab Carriers: How Does the Battle Affect Fliers?

By Michael Sasso | Bloomberg

If you have to fly from New York to New Delhi on April 1, you can book through one of the three big U.S. airlines for at least $1,100 round trip. Or you can take one of Emirates’ luxurious Airbus A380s for less than $900.

18
Mar

PAL sees profit after Tan’s return, seeks investor, fleet restructuring

Bloomberg

Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) posted a “small” profit last year after billionaire Lucio Tan regained full control of Asia’s oldest carrier, with lower oil prices and new planes helping to boost its passenger count, President Jaime Bautista said.

17
Mar

CIAC continues to offer perks to airlines

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The government is continuously offering incentives to local and foreign airline to court them into operating at Clark International Airport (CRK) in order to maximize the capacity of the country’s biggest airport facility.

17
Mar

Philippines in air talks with Oman, Australia next month

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES will hold air talks with Oman and Australia next month in a bid to open up more commercial opportunities for the airline industry while better serving Filipino communities living in those countries, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said on Monday.

17
Mar

Boeing starts building 737 wings with new automated system

Reuters

Boeing Co. has started using a new automated system to build wing panels for 737 jetliners, an important step in preparing to hit record production speeds while introducing new models of the popular plane.

16
Mar

PAL returns to New York

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

After an absence of almost two decades, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is back in the Big Apple.

16
Mar

PAL mulling direct flights to Bislig

By Mike Crismundo | Manila Bulletin

Bislig City – Economic activity, as well as the influx of more tourists, is expected to be spurred after Philippine Airlines (PAL) has reportedly started to look into the possibility of having direct flights to and from this city to Manila or Cebu City.

16
Mar

CEB opens direct flights to Doha starting June 4

By Ariel Fernandez | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will launch twice weekly direct flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, starting June 4.

16
Mar

PAL opts for ‘paperless’ processing at Naia

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Flag carrier Philippine Airlines this week will introduce “paperless” ticket processing at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.

13
Mar

Etihad’s new A380 to fly New York-Abu Dhabi

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways announced the airline’s new Airbus A380 service takes flight beginning December 1, 2015 for guests traveling between New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport and the airline’s Abu Dhabi home. The A380 features The Residence by Etihad™, the airline’s ultra-luxurious and private three-room suite in the sky, a first in commercial aviation.

13
Mar

Asia-Pacific carriers post 4.7% growth in January passenger traffic

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Asia-Pacific carriers recorded an increase of 4.7% growth in passenger traffic in January 2015 compared to the same period last year, which is below the 2014 annual trend of 5.8% expansion, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

13
Mar

AirAsia CEO says plans to resume flights to Europe next year

By Jane Wardell | Reuters

SYDNEY,(Reuters) - AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Asia's biggest budget airline, plans to resume flights to Europe early next year using new, fuel-efficient jets to tap into growing demand from travellers.

12
Mar

Clark Int’l Airport passes ISO audit anew

By Franco G. Regala | Manila Bulletin

Clark International Airport— The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) passed anew in the stringent Surveillance Audit on ISO-9001:2008 Quality Management System conducted by the TUV Rheinland Philippines, Inc. last March 4.

12
Mar

DOTC sets bid for P128-B provincial airports

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government has finalized the timetable for the bidding of the operation and maintenance (O&M) of six provincial airports worth P128 billion under the public private partnership (PPP) program.

12
Mar

Gov’t finalizes airport PPP packages

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT has finalized grouping of P108.9 billion worth of deals to develop, operate and maintain (O&M) five regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, as well as bidder requirements and a timetable that culminates with contract award by March next year and signing of concession agreements the following month, according to March 10 instructions to prospective bidders (ITPB) uploaded on the PPP Center’s Web site.

11
Mar

DOTC studies unsolicited proposals

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga — The government is likely to decline several unsolicited proposals on the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 in favor of open and transparent public bidding.

11
Mar

1st phase of P1.2-B Clark Terminal to start Q2 2016

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has decided to split the proposed P7.2 billion passenger terminal at the Clark international airport in Pampanga into three phases.

11
Mar

Cebu Pacific cashes in on Asia, awaits US takeoff

By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon | BusinessWorld Online

OSAKA -- “Hurry!” Maricel Tiu said in Filipino as she summoned her son, while negotiating their way through teeming crowds of tourists shopping at discount store Don Quijote in downtown Dotonbori.

10
Mar

DOTC likely to bid out P10.3-B Puerto Princesa airport separately

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

Puerto-Prinsesa-AirportMANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is considering excluding the Puerto Princesa airport from the list of six provincial airport projects worth P128 billion that is being offered to investors under the public private partnership (PPP) scheme.

10
Mar

Clark upgrade phase 1 could be put to bid by third quarter

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT expects to bid out by the third quarter the first phase of a plan to increase Clark International Airport’s capacity, as it bids to encourage more airlines to operate out of the former air base, officials said on Monday.

10
Mar

Clearing the air

By Rey Gamboa | The Philippine Star

Having been bitten by the travel bug recently, I’ve had a chance to compare the various air gateways of the country to the world, and of course, to observe, albeit on a limited basis, about how other countries are faring with regards the management of their airports.

10
Mar

Solar-powered plane takes off for flight around the world

Associated Press

solar-power-planeAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  A Swiss solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi early Monday, marking the start of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.

09
Mar

ASF cites PAL, 6 pilots from various airlines

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Air Safety Foundation, Inc. (ASF) will recognize Philippine Airlines (PAL) and six pilots from five airlines for having no accidents in two years of flying in 2013 and 2014, including its founder on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Ralphs Resto Bar Makati Ave., Makati City during ASF 26th anniversary.

09
Mar

CebuPac to end Manila-Dammam flights Mar 30

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc.  (Cebu Pacific) is set to suspend flights between Manila and Dammam at the end of the month due to poor load factor.

09
Mar

Airport PPP timetable firmed up

BusinessWorld Online

DEADLINE for submission of documents for companies to qualify for the auction of P114 billion worth of contracts to develop, operate and maintain (O&M) six regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) program will be in May, a key official of PPP Center said on Wednesday.

09
Mar

IATA reports better January passenger demand

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Despite a slow first month, the global passenger market is off to a good start this year, with traffic in terms of revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), up 4.6% in January versus the same month in 2014.

09
Mar

Malaysia Airlines upgrades aircraft tracking, a year after MH370 loss

Reuters

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Airlines has begun tracking the location of its long-haul flights every 15 minutes or less, a proposal put forward by the UN aviation agency after the disappearance of the carrier’s Flight MH370 a year ago, Malaysia’s transport minister said.

09
Mar

Cebu Pacific launches GetGo rewards program

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air rolls out its rewards program for frequent fliers, as part of the airline’s 19th anniversary on March 8, 2015.

04
Mar

Etihad Airways named ‘Airline of the Year’

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has clinched top honors at the 2015 Aviation 100 Awards, organized by Airline Economics magazine.

04
Mar

Airlines slowly move to better track planes a year after Malaysia Airlines disappearance

By Scott Mayerowitz and David Koenig | Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss.

03
Mar

Iloilo studying air links to China, South Korea

BusinessWorld Online

ILOILO CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DoT) regional office here welcomed a proposal to introduce chartered flights between Iloilo and the cities of Xiamen in China and Incheon in South Korea.

03
Mar

Thai Airways Q4 loss wider than expected, shares slide

By Khettiya Jittapong | Reuters

BANGKOK, (Reuters) - Thai Airways International PCL posted a wider-than-expected fourth-quarter loss as a drop in passenger numbers after months of domestic political unrest hurt the national carrier, pushing its shares down to a nine-month low.

03
Mar

Confident Airbus juggles jet output and pays record dividend

By Victoria Bryan and Cyril Altmeyer | Reuters

(Reuters) - Airbus Group (AIR.PA) defied warnings of a slowdown in the jetliner market with a steep production boost for its top-selling A320 and announced its biggest ever dividend.

02
Mar

Low-cost carriers seek additional seats to Singapore

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Three low-cost carriers are seeking additional seat entitlements to Singapore after the government signed its first air services agreement this year opening up more commercial opportunities for the airlines of the Philippines and Singapore.

02
Mar

JICA starts collecting data on proposed NAIA in Cavite

By Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

TOKYO – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has already started collecting information for a study on the feasibility of building a new Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on a reclaimed land in Sangley Point, in Cavite.

02
Mar

Airport congestion is an emergency

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

The air traffic congestion at NAIA produces the same, if not greater, negative impact on economic growth as the more visible Manila port congestion. A good international airport as the country’s gateway is essential to economic growth.

02
Mar

U.S. aviation giants split on Gulf carrier subsidy row

By Jeffrey Dastin and Tim Hepher | Reuters

A push by three U.S. airlines to curb competition from Gulf state carriers has exposed divisions over free trade with other powerful U.S. aviation players including Boeing Co and FedEx Corp, potentially complicating the airlines' campaign for Obama administration support.

01
Apr

Chinese passengers mob Cebu Pacific pilots

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Karen Bermejo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILOILO CITY—Irate Chinese tourists of a chartered plane mobbed and harassed two Filipino pilots at the arrival area of the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) early on Saturday after their flight was canceled due to bad weather.

31
Mar

PAL’s Haneda flights to bring in more Japanese tourists, FDIs

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

The resumption of Philippine Airlines operations in Haneda starting yesterday, 36 years after it last flew there in 1978, is expected to bring in more tourists and businessmen from Tokyo.

31
Mar

PAL to acquire 15 planes from Airbus

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is acquiring 15 planes this year as part of a massive refleeting deal with France’s Airbus S.A.S. that will help bring down operating costs while the airline expands capacity, a company official said last week.

31
Mar

Cebu Pacific launches new flights to Tokyo, Nagoya

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air launched two new international destinations last March 30.The airline became the first Philippine low-cost carrier to operate direct daily flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita), and four times weekly flights from Manila to Nagoya.

31
Mar

Etihad Regional leases four ATR 72-500 aircraft

The Philippine Star

atr-72-500MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Regional last night announced an agreement to lease four ATR 72-500 aircraft, which will see the carrier boost its regional fleet to 12 and support its rapidly expanding network.

28
Mar

Delta Air heeds DOTC call to transfer to NAIA3

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Delta Air Lines has heeded the call of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to transfer its operations to the newer Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA3) to pave the way for the P1.3-billion rehabilitation of NAIA1.

28
Mar

Ramon Ang’s airport

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

I am glad that Ramon Ang is reviving his airport project for Metro Manila. The last time I talked to him, he didn’t even want to discuss it. That was so sharply in contrast to his excitement over a year ago when he showed me and Cito Beltran plans and drawings and promised ground breaking in 12 months.

28
Mar

Japan’s ANA orders 40 Boeing, 30 Airbus planes worth $16.4 B

AFP

Tokyo – All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Thursday it would buy 70 new planes worth $16.4 billion, with almost half from Airbus in move that marked a victory for the European aircraft maker as it tries to prise open the lucrative Japanese market.

27
Mar

Airlines demand crackdown on unruly passengers

AFP

Geneva – Global aviation body IATA on Tuesday demanded that governments close legal loopholes that allow unruly passengers to escape law enforcement for serious offences committed on board planes.

27
Mar

Malaysia Airline jet’s mystery disappearance leaves liability riddle

By Andrea Tan, Bob Van Voris and Joe Schneider | Bloomberg

As the final hours of Malaysian Air Flight 370 remain wrapped in mystery, the question of who bears full liability for the jet’s disappearance is also unresolved.

24
Mar

Emirates suspends flights to Clark due to jet fuel taxes

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

emirates-inquirer.com-photoMANILA, Philippines — Emirates Airlines, the largest carrier in the Middle-East, is suspending daily flights to Clark International Airport in Pampanga province on May 1, ending the service in just six months due to controversial jet fuel taxes and intense competition, according to a government official.

24
Mar

Cebu Air awaits OK on Europe flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The European Union is currently evaluating the application of Gokongwei-owned Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) to enter European airspace after the body partially lifted a ban and allowed flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) to fly to London last year.

24
Mar

PH, New Zealand agree to increase weekly flights

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Philippines and New Zealand have agreed to increase flight frequency to 21 from three flights a week and improve the fifth freedom exchange that would enable Philippine carriers to operate fifth freedom flights to Australia following a conclusion of air talks in Wellington recently.

20
Mar

PAL Express to mount add’l flights to Dubai

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier PAL Express, a unit of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc., is beefing up its long-haul flights to Dubai to service the growing demand of passengers particularly Filipinos working and living abroad.

19
Mar

Phl to hold air talks with Malaysia, Canada, Macau

By Lawrence Agacaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is set to hold air talks with Malaysia, Canada, and Macau over the next few months after successfully signing new air agreements with three countries in the first quarter of the year.

19
Mar

Cebu Pacific worker who offloaded boy suspended

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Cebu Pacific has suspended an airline supervisor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) who offloaded a sick boy from a plane on Saturday for allegedly having a damaged passport.

19
Mar

AirAsia to fly KL-Kalibo 4 times weekly starting April

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

AirAsia will start flying direct from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo, the gateway to tourist haven, Boracay Island, four times a week on April 18, 2014, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

18
Mar

Cebu Pacific ordered to explain why sick child was prevented from traveling

GMA News

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered airline Cebu Pacific to explain why a sick child who was flying to Vietnam for a chest operation was allegedly prevented from boarding the flight because of a defective passport.

17
Mar

Megawide, GMR press DOTC on P17.5-B Cebu airport project

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The tandem of Filipino-owned Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Airports has asked the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to resolve the issues delaying the award of the P17.5-billion contract for the expansion of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

17
Mar

CebuPac seeks establishment of new international airport

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Pacific is pushing for the establishment of a new international airport as the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is already operating at full capacity.

17
Mar

Etihad posts 3rd straight profit year

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, announced record financial results for 2013, with net profit up 48 percent to $62 million on revenues up 27 percent to $6.1 billion.

16
Mar

ICAO unveils new runway safety implementation kit

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has unveiled a new runway safety implementation kit (iKit) developed in collaboration with the International Air Transport Agency, Airport Council International and other international organizations.

16
Mar

Lack of passport checks exposes air security flaw

By AP

Paris  – When you travel, airport security agents may pat you down, inspect your deodorant and scan your body from head to toe. But there’s a good chance that no one’s checking whether you’re using someone’s lost or stolen passport.

14
Mar

Higher oil prices trim airlines profit forecast

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The airline industry remains on track for its second year of improved profits totalling $18.7 billion, despite paring down $1 billion from its projected 2014 numbers, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

14
Mar

Cebu Pacific cites ‘challenging’ 2013

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc., listed operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, saw its bottom line swing to a loss last quarter and, for full-year 2013, slashed to little more than a tenth of 2012 profit due to combined impact of a weak peso and calamities, the company’s top official told reporters in Makati City via teleconference yesterday.

12
Mar

Malaysian jet pilot studied aviation in PH

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, trained at the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Aviation School in Pasay City in 1980-81, according to a source at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

11
Mar

Gov’t expects recovery in air traffic

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) sees air traffic in the Philippines growing faster this year due to the government’s efforts to lure more foreign visitors into the country as well as the expansion of routes of airlines.

11
Mar

Malacañang assures integrity of airport security measures

By Madel Sabater-Namit and Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Government is acting to ensure the integrity of airport security measures following reports that terrorists may have been involved in the case of the Malaysian Airlines flight which went missing last Saturday, Malacañang officials said yesterday.

10
Mar

Missing Malaysian jet may have disintegrated in mid-air: source

By Siva Govindasamy and Nguyen Phuong Linh | Reuters

rosmah-mansor-re-missing-malaysian-jet-reuters.com(Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the plane.

07
Mar

Plane crash-lands on roof; pilot showboating?

By Aaron B. Recuenco | Manila Bulletin

A house in Rizal town, Nueva Ecija, became an instant attraction when a small plane was stuck on its roof after a crash yesterday morning.

06
Mar

AirAsia Zest launches airport self-check service

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

6 airasiaAirAsia Zest launched self check-in service kiosks at NAIA Terminal 4 and in the  provincial airports of Kalibo (Boracay), Cebu, Tacloban, Tagbilaran and Puerto Princesa (Palawan) yesterday, to improve passenger experience and facilitate boarding.

06
Mar

Australia rejects Qantas' request for $2.7 B loan

By Rod McGuirk | Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government rejected a request from Qantas Airways for a 3 billion Australian dollar ($2.7 billion) unsecured loan to help the national carrier return to profitability, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

06
Mar

FAA Seeks New Safeguards on Boeing 737s

By Andy Pasztor | The Wall Street Journal

U.S. aviation regulators want cockpit-automation fixes on nearly 500 Boeing Co. 737 planes, seeking to prevent pilot errors that over the years have caused fatal crashes of several jet and turboprop airliners.

04
Mar

UK embassy welcomes deal between StanChart, Cebu Air

By Pia Lee-Brago | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The British Embassy in Manila welcomed yesterday the multimillion dollar deal signed between Standard Chartered and Cebu Air Inc. for new Airbus planes.

04
Mar

Tiger Airways to sell or shut Indonesia affiliate if no sign of turnaround: sources

By Anshuman Daga | Reuters

(Reuters) - Singapore's Tiger Airways Ltd (TAHL.SI) aims to sell or close its Indonesian joint venture unless there are signs of it turning around this year, people familiar with the matter said.

03
Mar

Asian Aviation Guru Fernandes Puts Jet-Order Spree on Pause

By Andrea Rothman and Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Tony Fernandes’s decision to ease growth plans at AirAsia Group is a rare display of caution following his expansion across the continent, as the region absorbs some of the largest aircraft orders of the past decade.

01
Apr

PAL offers in-flight Wi-Fi

By Emilia Narni J. David | BusinessWorld Online

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be offering Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) by mid-year allowing passengers to call and surf the Internet while in the air, the company said in a statement yesterday.

01
Apr

Japan, S. Korea keep ban on PH airlines

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine airlines remain banned from expanding their operations in Japan and South Korea, despite the country’s passing of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (Icao) safety audit, which should have resulted in the lifting of restrictions on Philippine-registered planes.

01
Apr

Etihad seals $125-M deal with Sanad

Posted on The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has extended its relationship with Sanad Aero Solutions GmbH (Sanad), with a 10-year agreement for the sale and lease back of some of the airline’s key component spares.

01
Apr

Air-France KLM increases seat capacity

By Emilia Narni J. David | BusinessWorld Online

INTERNATIONAL carrier Air France-KLM will be increasing its capacity for its Amsterdam-Taipei-Manila flight by this month, the airline said in a statement.

01
Apr

Istanbul Airport Posts Fastest Growth Among Busiest Hubs

By Chris Jasper & Kari Lundgren | Bloomberg

Istanbul airport posted the biggest jump in passenger numbers among the world’s major hubs last year, expanding almost one-third faster than the next-best performer as it captures traffic from Europe rivals.

27
Mar

Clark airport expansion seen to start in April

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is set to start work on the expansion of the passenger terminal at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, the country’s fastest growing airport.

27
Mar

CAAP vows safer air travel for Pinoys

By Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Hotchkiss-IIIMANILA, Philippines—The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will continue to cleanse its ranks of corrupt personnel to make air travel safer for all Filipinos, the agency’s chief said.

27
Mar

SMC, Tan tie up for Cebu airport bid

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is expanding its partnership with tycoon Lucio Tan to pursue a joint venture for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport project.

27
Mar

Top Awards Go To Turkish Airlines, AirAsia

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Turkish Airlines was awarded the “Airline of the Year” while AirAsia was the winner of the “Low Cost Airline of the Year” from the Air Transport News (ATN).

27
Mar

Boeing 787 Conducts Test Flight

Posted in Manila Bulletin

SEATTLE (AP) – A Boeing 787 with a redesigned battery system made a 2-hour test flight Monday, and the company said the event “went according to plan.’’

27
Mar

Virgin-Delta Air Venture Goes Solo

By Kari Lundgren | Bloomberg

Delta Air Lines, Inc. said its new partner Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. doesn’t plan to join the SkyTeam group and that their joint venture will remain separate from that between the US company and Air France-KLM Group.

25
Mar

Airbus-Boeing battle shifts to Indonesia

Posted in Philippine Daily Inquirer

lion-airbusJAKARTA – A new rivalry between the world’s biggest planemakers is heating up in Indonesia after a record deal for Airbus in a market with huge potential that until now has been a “fortress” for Boeing.

25
Mar

CEB Ready For Summer Travel

Posted in Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is primed for summer peak in the Philippines with brand-new aircraft, additional flights and new services.

25
Mar

FedEx Pares Asia Flights Amid Global Shift To Cheaper Deliveries

By Mary Schlangenstein

lufthansaFedEx Corp. plans to cut cargo flights to Asia as customers accelerate their shift to the company’s slower, less expensive international services.

25
Mar

PAL, Airbus Sponsor Filipino Street Kids For Paris Performance

Posted in Manila Bulletin

palFlag carrier Philippine Airlines and Airbus are bringing 25 Filipino street children to Paris to perform at the opening of a major art exhibit in the French capital. The children are part of the choral group Street Children Choir of Virlanie Foundation Philippines, a non-governmental organization established to help abandoned and homeless kids.

25
Mar

Asia Can Sustain Aircraft Fleet Expansion On Strong Travel Demand

By Kyunghee Park and Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

tony fernandes - airasiaAsia will be able to take in more aircraft as economic growth and a population of more than 3 billion people will sustain travel demand, said Tony Fernandes, head of AirAsia Bhd., the region’s biggest low-fare carrier.

25
Mar

IATA Reports Airline Industry Margins Improving, 2013 Financial Outlook Better

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a modest improvement in its outlook for the 2013 financial performance of the global airline industry primarily based on stronger revenues.

21
Mar

DOTC initiates more airport projects

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has earmarked nearly P100 million for the development of two provincial airports that are expected to serve as gateways to several of the country’s emerging tourist hotspots.

21
Mar

US aviation agency to do own audit of PH

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen to conduct its own audit on the Philippines, ignoring the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recent lifting of “significant safety concerns” (SSC) on the country.

21
Mar

Etihad Airways Taps Emirati Nationals

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways has welcomed more than 260 Emirati nationals to its workforce through the Absher initiative, since its launch in June 2012.

21
Mar

Boeing Wins $15.6B 737 Jet Order From Ryanair

Posted in Manila Bulletin

DUBLIN (AP) - There's finally some good news for Boeing: European discount airline Ryanair announced Tuesday that it will buy 175 of the company's popular 737 jets, the largest order ever placed by a European carrier.

20
Mar

British Airways to Fly First A380s to Los Angeles, Hong Kong

By Robert Wall | Bloomberg

British Airways said it will operate its first Airbus SAS (EAD) A380 superjumbo to Los Angeles, with the second plane serving Hong Kong.

20
Mar

No Recovery Yet In Cargo Freight

By Alison Leung | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., the world’s largest international air cargo carrier, said it does not yet see a lasting recovery in the freight market, after reporting an 83 percent year-on-year drop in profit for 2012.

20
Mar

SWISS To Buy 6 Boeing 777 Planes

GENEVA (AFP) – Switzerland’s leading airline SWISS said that it would buy Boeing planes for the first time, ordering six long-range 777 jetliners to replace its Airbus A340s.

20
Mar

Boeing puts 787 battery through tough tests it once avoided

By Alwyn Scott and Peter Henderson | Reuters

(Reuters) - To get its 787 Dreamliner flying again, Boeing Co is testing the plane's volatile battery system to a rigorous standard that the company itself helped develop -- but that it never used on the jet.

20
Mar

Lufthansa to order 102 new Airbus planes

Associated Press


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German airline Lufthansa AG says it plans to buy 102 new aircraft from European planemaker Airbus to improve fuel efficiency and meet future demand.

15
Mar

International air passenger traffic increased last year, CAB data shows

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

INTERNATIONAL air passenger traffic grew by nearly 7% last year amid expanded seat capacity for local airlines, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

15
Mar

PAL drops Airphil, revives PAL Express

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL), jointly owned by the country’s second richest man Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), has dropped the Airphil Express brand and revived the PAL Express brand starting today.

15
Mar

COCKTALES | Gokongwei, Air Asia owner are text mates

By Victor C. Agustin | Interaksyon.com

They may be tough competitors, but Cebu Pacific chief executive Lance Gokongwei and the Malaysian owner of Air Asia, Tony Fernandes, also happen to be friendly text mates.

15
Mar

Etihad Airways Holds Financial Roadshows

Posted on Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, hosted 450 representatives from global leasing, financial markets and banking communities at financial roadshows in New York and London recently.

15
Mar

Dragonair Unveils New Flight Enhancements

Posted on Manila Bulletin

Hong Kong-based airline Dragonair, a member of the Cathay Pacific Group, announced its biggest series of major new product enhancements since 2005 that will see the introduction of New Business Class and New Economy Class cabins, together with a brand-new inflight entertainment system.

15
Mar

SilkAir Appoints New Buying Agencies

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has appointed DDB and OMD as the new creative and media buying agencies respectively, following a competitive selection process spanning three months.

15
Mar

Qantas Discounts Fares in Asia to Fill 40% More Singapore Seats

By David Fickling | Bloomberg

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN), Australia’s largest carrier, is discounting flights to Asia to lure more passengers as an alliance with Emirates adds 40 percent more seats on routes to Singapore.

13
Mar

Cebu Pac now has more aircraft than PAL

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly-held budget carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) now has more aircraft that rival national flag carrier Philippines Airlines (PAL).

13
Mar

New Law To Boost International Flights At Western Visayas Airports

By Tara Yap | Manila Bulletin

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo — The recent passage of Republic Act 10374 will boost international flights in the three international gateways in Western Visayas.

13
Mar

Cebu Pacific’s fleet grows with arrival of new plane

By CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC has received a new Airbus A320, bringing the budget carrier’s current fleet to 43, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

12
Mar

AirAsia acquires 49% stake in ZestAir

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines’ AirAsia Inc., the local arm of Asia’s largest low cost carrier AirAsia Group of Malaysia, has acquired a 49-percent stake in the Zest Airways Group of juice magnate Alfredo Yao through a share-swap transaction.

12
Mar

Runway squatter on 13

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Spy Bits received information from a US source about a man reportedly living in a drainage pipe located underneath Runway 13/31 (see photo) at the Manila Domestic Airport or T4. Several pilots affirm the man’s presence in the drainpipe, in fact even seeing him cook in the middle of the day. Why the man’s presence has been unnoticed by airport authorities or personnel – or why this can happen at all in a major airport like T4 is really the big question.

12
Mar

Qantas Defends Itself After Jumbo It Sold Went To Iran

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s Qantas Saturday said it took all reasonable precautions in selling aircraft after a report revealed that a jumbo jet once owned by the carrier had ended up in Iran despite sanctions.

12
Mar

Delta Bucks Security Rule Change

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The top executive of a major US airline has voiced opposition to a change in security regulations that will allow small pocket knives, baseball bats and other previously banned sporting equipment aboard airplanes.

12
Mar

Qatar Airways Calls 787 Faults ‘Isolated’ as Grounding Persists

By Andrea Rothman | Bloomberg

Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he has confidence in Boeing Co. (BA)’s 787 Dreamliner, calling the incidents that grounded the aircraft “isolated events.”

11
Mar

Phl to ask Japan, South Korea to lift restrictions on local airlines

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - With the impending lifting of the ban on domestic airlines from mounting additional flights to the US and flying to Europe, the Philippines is asking South Korea and Japan to remove the restrictions imposed on local airlines.

11
Mar

Asia Pacific Airlines Carry 17.5 M

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reported a steady demand for international passenger traffic in January 2013, while the demand for air cargo strengthened in advance of the Chinese New Year holiday period.

11
Mar

AirAsia to acquire 40% of Zest Air

By Doris C. Dumlao | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Local budget carrier Zest Airways and Malaysia’s AirAsia group are forming a strategic partnership in the airline business in a bid to create a stronger player in the highly competitive Philippine aviation industry.

11
Mar

CAAP delivers

By Ramon Farolan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

For those not familiar with government acronyms, CAAP stands for Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, an autonomous entity that replaced the old Air Transportation Office that was a line bureau under the Department of Transportation and Communications. By virtue of Republic Act 9497 passed in March 2008, CAAP is an independent regulatory body with quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powers, having jurisdiction over the entire civil aviation system of the country. It is the local counterpart of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States and the Air Safety Committee (ASC) of the European Union.

11
Mar

Noy signs law scrapping tax for int’l carriers

By Edith Regalado | The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Aquino signed here yesterday Republic Act 10374, granting tax relief to international carriers.

11
Mar

Britain Trails Only Chad in Airline Access Costs, WEF Study Says

By Robert Wall | Bloomberg

Britain has the second-highest airline access costs among 140 countries worldwide, according to research published today in a World Economic Reform report into competitiveness in the travel and tourism industries.

11
Mar

AirAsia Faces Bureaucracy Costs With Venture in India Market

By Karthikeyan Sundaram | Bloomberg

AirAsia Bhd. (AIRA), Southeast Asia’s biggest discount carrier, reported profits in all but one year in the past decade. It’s now entering a market where the industry has lost more than $6.6 billion in five years.

08
Mar

Aquino OK’s tax breaks for foreign carriers

By Noemi M. Gonzales | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- A measure giving tax breaks to foreign airlines and shippers was signed into law yesterday by President Benigno S. C. Aquino III in a bid to boost tourism in the Philippines.

08
Mar

Return of int’l air carriers to PH expected

By Michael Lim Ubac, Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Several European and American airlines are expected to return to the Philippines after the government’s removal of “discriminatory” taxes on foreign carriers, the country’s leading tourism industry group said.

08
Mar

Global Air Passenger Demand Recovers

Source: Manila Bulletin

Because the Chinese New Year fell between the first two months of 2013, global air travel demand rose 2.7% in January this year, showing a continuation of the uptick in passenger travel that began at the end of 2012, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) data.

08
Mar

TSA Eases Allowable Cargo Guidelines

By Joan Lowy


WASHINGTON (AP) – Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

08
Mar

Cathay Pacific Orders 3 Boeing 747-8 Freighter Cargo Planes

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered three Boeing 747-8 Freighter cargo aircraft in a deal worth $1 billion at list prices, the companies said.

07
Mar

Global Air Cargo Freight Demand Stabilizes In Jan., IATA Reports

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Global air freight demand is stabilizing, posting a 5 percent growth for the first month of 2013 although "it's too early to be overly optimistic," International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Tony Tyler announced.

07
Mar

Asiana Recognized ‘Best Overall Airline’

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Asiana Airlines (OZ) continues its industry winning streak by being named 2012 Best Overall Airline in the World by Business Traveler. The global travel magazine awarded the Korean airline for having the best assessments in flight reservations, airport and in-flight services for 2012.

07
Mar

PAL launches new routes to Australia, China, Middle East

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Pursuing an aggressive route expansion, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Wednesday announced the launching of flights to six (6) new destinations in Australia, China and the Middle East.

07
Mar

PAL likely to stay listed

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS of PAL Holdings, Inc. are willing to sell part of their stake to enable the firm to attain the minimum public ownership level required to stay listed, a top company official said yesterday.

06
Mar

IATA: 2012 Best In History Of Global Airline Safety

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

iataThe airline industry had its “best in history” safety record in 2012, with Western-built jets registering the equivalent of just one accident every 5 million flights, the most recent data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed.

06
Mar

Cathay, Dragon Air seek higher fuel surcharge

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Two foreign airlines are seeking the green light from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to raise by as much as 8.7 percent the fuel surcharge imposed on their passengers on the back of the rising price of aviation fuel in the world market.

06
Mar

More tourists seen with Phl aviation’s rating upgrade

By Mayen Jaymalin | The Philippine Star

dot-philippinesMANILA, Philippines - With the lifting of the Significant Safety Concerns (SSC) rating on the Philippine aviation industry, more foreign tourists would be coming to the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said yesterday.

06
Mar

Oracle’s Ellison Purchases Hawaiian Carrier Island Air

By Aaron Ricadela & Karl Baker | Bloomberg

Oracle-CEO-Larry-Ellison bloomber.comOracle Corp. (ORCL) Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison has acquired Island Air, gaining a regional carrier in Hawaii where he owns most of the island of Lanai.

06
Mar

ICAO Decision Will Boost Tourism

By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga | Manila Bulletin

The lifting by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) in the country’s aviation sector is an indicator of the growing competitiveness of the local tourism industry and will help achieve the target of 10 million international visitors by 2016, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said yesterday.

06
Mar

Etihad Airways launches new global advertising campaign

Source: Saudi Gazette


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched a new global brand advertising campaign, which started Sunday (March 3) when its new television commercial (TVC) was aired.

06
Mar

Striking Iberia workers protest against job cuts

By Robert Hetz and Rhys Jones | Reuters

(Reuters) - Thousands of workers facing pay and job cuts at loss-making Spanish airline Iberia on Monday staged a second wave of protests that could ground nearly 1,300 flights this week.

05
Mar

PH aviation sector gets big boost

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a regulatory body under the United Nations, has officially lifted its significant safety concerns (SSC) grade on the Philippines, paving the way for the eventual return of Philippine carriers to Europe and the resumption of their expansion in the United States.

05
Mar

ICAO Prohibits Carriage Of Lithium Ion Aircraft Batteries

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Pending the outcomes of investigations now being carried out in the US and Japan, the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has approved an interim amendment that will prohibit the carriage of lithium ion aircraft batteries as cargo on passenger planes.

05
Mar

HK International Airport Posts 21% Growth In Air Cargo Traffic

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Air cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) grew by 21.2% year on year to 334,000 tons, according to the Airport Authority in Hong Kong.

05
Mar

Boeing Secures Air China Orders for Beleaguered 747-8 Aircraft

By Brooke Sutherland | Bloomberg

Air China Ltd. (753), the nation’s biggest carrier by market value, agreed to buy two Boeing Co. (BA) 747-8 aircraft in the planemaker’s first sale of the models this year.

05
Mar

Singapore Air Plans to Buy More Aircraft, Airbus’s Leahy Says

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA), Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier, plans to buy more aircraft, Airbus SAS said, as the region’s economic growth spurs air travel demand.

04
Mar

IATA: Government, Aviation Industry Should Align Strategies For Climate Change

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments all over the world to help the aviation industry manage its carbon emissions, which account for 2% of global man-made emissions, and align on a long-term strategy to address climate change.

04
Mar

PH needs more int’l airports

By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines would benefit immensely from having more than one airport to serve as the country’s international gateway, the same way large metropolitan areas overseas operate, according to the chief of San Miguel Corp.

04
Mar

CebuPac taps HK firm for Airbus maintenance

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly-listed Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) has tapped one of the world’s largest aeronautical engineering groups based in Hong Kong to maintain its fleet of Airbus aircraft as it gears for its long-haul operations in the second half of the year.

04
Mar

Malaysian budget carrier bullish on PH unit

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Malaysia’s AirAsia Group is hopeful that operations in the Philippines will finally turn profitable this year as the brand gains popularity in the country’s growing domestic travel market.

04
Mar

ASEAN's Budget Carriers Raising $750M

Posted on Manila Bulletin

(Bloomberg) – Southeast Asian budget airlines may raise a combined $750 million from initial public offerings (IPO) this year, Malayan Banking Bhd.’s investment bank said, as nofrills companies take on full-service carriers with cheap fares.

04
Mar

Cebu Pacific prepares for A330 operations

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

GOKONGWEI-LED Cebu Pacific has tapped Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (HAECO) for the maintenance of the local carrier’s long-haul planes, the budget airline said in a statement yesterday.

30
Mar

AirAsia to start flights to Kalibo, Davao via Clark

Source: Joey Pavia and Lenie Lectura | BusinessMirror

CLARK FREEPORT­—AirAsia Philippines on Tuesday announced it will begin to offer flights here on March 28, giving low fares for its 20,000 passengers to Kalibo, Aklan and Davao.

30
Mar

New Clark terminal gets OK

Source: Tonette Orejas | Inquirer.net

CLARK FREEPORT—President Benigno Aquino is endorsing a plan to build a P12-billion terminal to be used by budget air carriers operating through the Clark International Airport (CIA), according to Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas II.

29
Mar

Customs chief puzzled over collection anomaly at NAIA

Source: Evelyn Macairan | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The complaint aired by international airlines on the alleged P2-billion anomalous collection by Customs personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has reportedly left Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon wondering about the source of the allegations.

29
Mar

Palace urges better aviation capabilities

Source: Palace urges better aviation capabilities - Business World Online

MALACAÑANG said yesterday that the country must improve its aviation capabilities to Category 1 status based on standards of the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to reach the targeted 10 million tourist arrivals by 2016.

29
Mar

Singapore Air A380 turns back after engine problem

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - A Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) Airbus A380 aircraft was forced to turn back to Singapore earlier on Tuesday after encountering a problem with one of its engines.

29
Mar

Kuwait firm to invest $3B in Clark project

Source: Jun Malig | Business Inquirer.net

CLARK FREEPORT—A company based in Kuwait has signified its commitment to pursue its $3-billion investment by renaming the logistics and business center it is developing in a 177-hectare land in this economic zone to honor the country’s amir.

29
Mar

Complaints Desks Needed At Airports

Source: CHARISSA M. LUCI | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has been asked to set up a complaints desk at airports to deal with passenger complaints against airline personnel.

29
Mar

AirAsia Philippines eyes more flights

Source: AirAsia Philippines eyes more flights - BusinessWorld Online

AIRASIA PHILIPPINES, Inc. is poised to launch international flights by May following yesterday’s maiden flight to Davao after the carrier secured permits abroad, an official yesterday said.

28
Mar

Aquino government working to upgrade Philippine aviation status

Source: positivenewsmedia.com

MANILA, March 22 (PNA) — Malacanang said the Aquino government is working double time to ensure that the country’s aviation status is reverted back to the Category 1 level to aggressively promote the tourism sector and reach a wider market.