01
Jun

PAL to go daily on London flights

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) will mount daily flights from Manila to London by the end of June.

01
Jun

Duterte makes new Cabinet picks; BIR, BoC filled

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte assembled his Cabinet on Tuesday, naming a former coup leader and a lawyer to head revenue-generating agencies, a day after a joint session of Congress declared him the winner of the May 9 presidential elections.

30
May

Emirates launches flights between Cebu and Dubai

By Vanessa Lucero | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU CITY—Emirates recently launched direct flights from this city to Dubai, supporting projections of significant growth in Cebu’s tourism and trade in the coming years.

30
May

PAL to seek Duterte help in settling row with Kuwait

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines will seek the assistance of the incoming Duterte administration to help settle an air row with Kuwait.

30
May

PAL seeks help to get 5th freedom rights from Kuwait

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) said it will continue to request intervention from the new government to obtain fifth-freedom rights out of Kuwait.

18
May

Gov’t signs fares agreement with PAL

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Procurement Service-PhilGEPS signed a general fares agreement (GFA) with flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on domestic airline travel for an initial 23 national government agencies.

18
May

Asia’s budget airlines head for the altar

Bloomberg

SYDNEY/NEW DELHI -- The creation of the world’s biggest alliance of low-cost airlines may signal that some of Asia’s struggling budget carriers are headed for the altar.

18
May

Low-cost carriers win in SE Asia’s ‘open skies’

Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Low-cost airline groups and manufacturers of smaller passenger aircraft will be among the main winners after Southeast Asia’s open skies agreement finally came into effect last month, although airport capacity constraints could limit the benefits.

16
May

Cebu Air boosts JG Summit profit to P9.63 billion

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

JG Summit Holdings, Inc., the flagship of the Gokongwei group, reported a 60.9 percent surge in consolidated net income to P9.63 billion for the first quarter of 2016 from P5.98 billion for the same period last year boosted by strong growth in its airline business.

13
May

AirAsia announces direct Manila-Shanghai flights

Manila Bulletin

AirAsia, the “World’s Best Low Cost Carrier” for seven consecutive years, is expanding its international network in China with the addition of direct flights to Shanghai from Manila. From June 10, 2016, AirAsia will commence 3 times weekly flights from Manila’s NAIA Terminal 3 to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, connecting Filipino travellers to China’s most influential city with all-in promotional fares starting from only P888, one-way.

13
May

More airlines investing in flight connectivity – Honeywell

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

PHOENIX – More airlines all over the world are expected to invest in connectivity to cater to the passengers’ need for reliable in-flight Internet and for the upkeep of the aircraft, according to Honeywell Aerospace.

12
May

AirAsia to resume Manila-Shanghai flights

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Philippines AirAsia will resume direct flights from Manila to Shanghai in June, as it expands its international network in China.

12
May

PAL profit soars to P6.1 B

By Louella Desiderio | The Phlippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The parent firm of flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) saw its net earnings post sharp growth in the first nine months due to higher revenues.

12
May

PAL parent earns P5.87 B in 2015

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The parent firm of Philippine Airlines (PAL) reported a net income of P5.87 billion last year, or more than 45 times its 2014 profit on the back of higher revenues and increased passenger volume.

11
May

PAL gets refund on jet fuel taxes

By Vince Alvic A. F. Nonato | BusinessWorld Online

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has granted Philippine Airlines, Inc. an P88.54-million refund on the taxes it paid for the importation of Jet A-1 aviation fuel for the second quarter of 2005.

05
May

Cebu Pacific increases Doha flights

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific is adding more flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar beginning July 9, to cater to Filipinos in the Gulf country.

04
May

PAL gets IATA nod

By Jeannette Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE COUNTRY’S flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), has been certified to be compliant with international standards on ground safety and operations.

02
May

Amadeus, Etihad Airways renew partnership

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Amadeus, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, recently renewed its full content agreement with Etihad Airways, ensuring travelers will continue to have access to the airline’s full inventory of flights, seats and other services.

01
Jun

CAAP leads Asia Pacific volcanic ash exercise

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Airlines need to be prepared in the event of a volcanic eruption, the  Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) maintained yesterday as it spearheaded the first Asia Pacific volcanic ash exercises at Heritage Hotel, Pasay City.

01
Jun

Prospects dim for Sangley Point airport project

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

HOPES for the timely construction of a new gateway to replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila dimmed, after Transportation secretary Joseph Abaya said it was unlikely a proposed project in Sangley Point, Cavite would be bid out within President Aquino’s term.

01
Jun

PH boosts flights to Qatar

Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE PHILIPPINES and Qatar successfully concluded a new round of air talks that would lead to an increase in flights between the two countries by about 75 percent to 14 flights per week, the Civil Aeronautics Board said.

01
Jun

New bidding terms for airport contracts out this week

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) will finalize this week the bidding terms for P108.19 billion worth of deals to develop, operate and maintain (O&M) five regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, after at least one prospective bidder pushed for a single bundling.

29
May

Tacloban airport fee hiked after runway fixed

By Joey A. Gabieta | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TACLOBAN CITY—Less than a month after operations at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport returned to normal, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is increasing the terminal fee to P150.

29
May

AirAsia posts quarter loss for first time since 2008

Reuters

Kuala Lumpur – AirAsia’s rapid network expansion and huge plane orders aimed at meeting what CEO Tony Fernandes once described as “amazing” demand are in the spotlight after the carrier fell into the red for the first time since 2008.

28
May

Gov’t seals P7-billion Bohol airport deal with Japanese giants

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

THE TANDEM of Japanese engineering giants Chiyoda Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. yesterday formally signed a P7-billion government contract to build a new airport in Bohol that will be 10 times bigger than the island’s old facility.

27
May

SkyJet resumes flight after Pasay court stops CAAP suspension

Manila Bulletin

Manila’s Boutique Airline, SkyJet Airlines resumed last Sunday its regular flights to Batanes (Basco), Coron, Palawan (Busuanga) and Boracay (Caticlan). The airline said will also resume its operation in the high-end island resort club, Balesin Island.

26
May

NAIA-3 passenger traffic increasing steadily

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Passenger volume at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA-3) continued to rise with the transfer of foreign airlines after the completion of a P1.9-billion retrofitting works last year.

26
May

CAAP checking 2 airlines’ compliance with safety standards

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is looking into moves by two airlines, suspended over safety concerns, to ensure that their operations comply with international safety standards, an official said yesterday.

26
May

Clark relegated to being NAIA doormat

The Philippine Star

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino hails from Central Luzon, but that has not prevented Clark International Airport in Pampanga from serving as a mere doormat, or at best a waiting room, for foreign airlines applying for landing rights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

25
May

Global airline ban on smartphone batteries widens

Bloomberg

Replacing your smartphone battery just got harder.

Fearing cargo fires like one that caused a United Parcel Service Inc. freighter to crash into the desert near Dubai in 2010, at least 18 airlines have banned freight shipments of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries this year. Pilots are pushing for the cells to be taken off all passenger flights until they can be transported more safely.

25
May

Qatar seeks more Manila flights

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Next week’s air talks in Qatar can be thorny.

Qatar Airways seeks 13 additional weekly flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), direct from Doha’s Hamad International Airport, for a total of 21 Doha-NAIA flights per week, the highest flight frequency to be offered by any Middle East airline to Manila.

25
May

Passenger safety top consideration in airline’s grounding, says CAAP

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reiterated the safety of passengers is paramount to the government, after a lower court stopped the agency from suspending the operations of Magnum Air Inc. (Skyjet) over safety issues.

25
May

Cebu Pac eyes 18 M passengers this year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and newly-rebranded Cebgo expect to fly 18 million passengers amid the steady increase in domestic traffic, as well as the launch of additional long-haul routes.

25
May

CAAP: No Skyjet flights until safety issues settled

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Despite obtaining a court order stopping its suspension, Skyjet Airlines cannot operate until it addresses safety concerns that led to its suspension, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said yesterday.

22
May

AirAsia PH reveals plan for IPO ‘within 2 years’

Budget carrier eyes $500-M share sale
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine unit of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Berhad is seeking a valuation of at least $500 million for its initial public offering (IPO) set within the next two years, one of its top executives said.

22
May

PAL changes mind about London

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

There have been rumors for some time now that Philippine Airlines would end flights to London as early as the third quarter of 2015 due to weak passenger load.

22
May

Dutch carrier looks to expand PH operations

KLM cites heightened prospects for leisure, business travel
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines wants to expand its operations in the Philippines, citing heightened prospects for leisure and business travelers, a top airline official said on Thursday.

22
May

PAL, Cebu Pac keen on new Airbus for long-haul flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) and Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) have expressed keen interest in the new aircraft of Airbus as both airlines pursue the expansion of their long haul operations.

22
May

KLM eyes revival of direct flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is bullish on its operations in the Philippines amid the country’s strong economic growth as well as the strong load factor of its flight between Manila and Amsterdam.

22
May

Improved air agreements with Australia

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - With the commitment of enhancing inbound travel to the country, the Philippine Air Panel successfully concluded air talks with Australia, increasing air seat entitlements for Philippine and Australian carriers to 9,300 air seats per week, from the previous air seat capacity of 6,000 per week.

21
May

Flag carrier set to launch flights to New Zealand

Airbus shows off newest long-range aircraft to PH airlines
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines will launch flights to Auckland New Zealand, via Australia, on Dec. 1, 2015, as part of its expansion thrust overseas.

21
May

PAL mulls adding A350 plane to fleet

Reuters

PHILIPPINE Airlines, Inc. (PAL) will consider Airbus’s twin-engined A350 jet for an expansion of its long-haul operations, the carrier’s top executive said on Wednesday, speaking at the Manila leg of an Airbus sales tour event.

20
May

Mactan Airport Terminal 2 groundbreaking set

By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. | Manila Bulletin

Mactan, Cebu — Following a postponement in January, the groundbreaking for the new terminal at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is expected to take place in June, with project completion set by August of 2018, an official of the GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) announced.

20
May

PAL bans lithium-ion batteries as cargo

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is no longer accepting lithium-ion batteries as cargo due to potential fire hazards.

20
May

Airbus to hold demo flight for new jet

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - An Airbus A350-900 XWB (extra wide body) jet is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) today for a demonstration flight, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said yesterday.

19
May

CAAP suspends SEAIR, Skyjet

By Ariel Fernandez | Manila Bulletin

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has ordered the suspension of low-cost carriers SEAIR International, Inc. and leisure airline Magnum Air, Inc. effective May 18 for various safety “observations” based on the report by the European Union Assessment Team. Magnum Air operates Skyjet.

19
May

US airlines to fly record number of summer passengers

Associated Press

New York – A record number of travelers are expected to take to the skies this summer thanks to a rebounding economy.

18
May

Cebu Pacific sets 2015 capex at P13.1B

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) raised its capital expenditure commitments by 12.3 percent for the acquisition of aircraft fleet as part of its massive fleet renewal program.

16
May

Cebu Pacific earnings soar1,255% to P2.22 B in Q1

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Earnings of Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) soared in the first quarter of the year on the back of the steady increase in the number of passengers, higher fares and lower expenses.

15
May

Here comes Qatar Airways

By Floro M. Mercene | Manila Bulletin

By the time the 2022 FIFA World Cup is held in Doha, Qatar’s capital, there will  be a million more overseas migrant workers there, hired to run its 12 stadiums, a metro rail transport system, 41 hotels, and more than 100 skyscrapers.

15
May

Jin Air mounts more Clark-Incheon flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Jin Air, a unit of Korean Air of South Korea, has mounted more flights between Incheon and Clark International Airport in Pampanga to meet the growing number of passengers,

14
May

Small jets to fly from Cavite?

BusinessWorld Online

A LAWMAKER is seeking to transfer the operations of smaller commercial and private planes to Cavite to decongest the Philippines’ main airport in Metro Manila.

14
May

‘Sangley development to decongest NAIA, promote tourism growth’

By Charissa Luci | Manila Bulletin

A House leader urged the Aquino government to immediately develop and turn the Sangley Point in Cavite “into an airport for general aviation and small commercial aircrafts” to arrest air traffic congestion as well as to boost local tourism.

14
May

House to probe delays in airport, seaport projects

By Jess Diaz | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The House committee on transportation and communications voted yesterday to look into delays in the implementation of airport and seaport projects in many parts of the country.

13
May

CebuPac rebrands Tigerair to Cebgo

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) has rebranded wholly-owned subsidiary Tiger Airways Philippines as Cebgo over a year after it was acquired by the listed low cost carrier.

12
May

Tigerair Philippines renamed Cebgo

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has changed the name of its wholly owned subsidiary Tigerair Philippines to Cebgo to reflect the relationship between the two airlines.

12
May

PAF plane crash-lands in Legazpi

By Nino Luces | Manila Bulletin

Legazpi City, Albay — A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Fokker 27 airplane crash-landed along the runway of the Legazpi City Airport yesterday morning, suspending flight operations until the afternoon.

12
May

Aviation deal to spur surge in Australian tourist arrivals

By Samuel Medenilla | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is anticipating the arrival of a bigger volume of Australian tourists this year after Australian carriers recently agreed to double the number of the seating capacity of flights to the Philippines.

12
May

Tigerair changes name

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific Air yesterday said its wholly-owned subsidiary Tigerair Philippines has rebranded to Cebgo to streamline operations with its Gokongwei-led parent airline.

11
May

Global passenger demand sustains robust pace – IATA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global passenger demand (in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers or RPKs) for March remained robust, rising 7.4% versus the same period in 2014, from the residual impact of increased leisure travel before and after the February Lunar New Year celebrations.

08
May

CEB fetes 100 millionth passenger

Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air recently flew its 100 millionth passenger, Yelen Bontuyan, from Cebu to Manila, marking a major milestone in its 18-year airline history. As CEB’s 100 millionth guest, Yelen received P100,000 as well as 100 tickets to any domestic or international destination, during a special inflight announcement that took the place of the airline’s trademark Fun Games.The airline celebrated the milestone with the rest of the passengers on her flight, with each being given free round trip tickets to the domestic destination of their choice.

07
May

Qatar Airways’ plans to boost flights opposed by US airlines

Reuters

New York– Qatar Airways on Monday said it plans to expand its services to the United States, in a move that rankled US airlines which accuse it of competing unfairly through state subsidies.

06
May

Emirates to Revamp First-Class Cabins With Focus on Privacy

By Deena Kamel | Bloomberg

Emirates is overhauling its first-class cabins that will twin a sense of privacy with what the airline called a commercially reasonable price point, following the success of premium suites on the largest airliners.

06
May

US airlines bring in more revenues from bag and reservation fees

Associated Press (AP)

United States airlines are earning billions, and they are collecting more in fees on checked bags and reservation changes.

05
May

CEB to add more flights to Australia

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific is keen on expanding its operations in Australia on the back of growing passenger traffic as it carried 13,875 passengers, more than any other carrier operating direct flights to Sydney from Manila in January, 2015.

05
May

Softer oil prices, higher sales keep PAL in the black in Q1

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) remained in the black for a second straight quarter after reporting an $85-million net income in the three months ending March, owing to higher sales after it added new routes while its operating costs were softened by falling jet fuel prices.

04
May

Asia-Pacific Council urges excellence in airport operations

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Airport Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has urged its members to further promote excellence in airport operations and management following the adoption of resolutions during the recent 10th ACI Asia-Pacific regional assembly.

04
May

Incentives for airlines using Mactan airport backed

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The operator of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and local airlines are strongly supporting a plan to grant incentives to airlines operating in the country’s second busiest airport in Cebu as part of efforts to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.

04
May

Phl to hold air talks with Mexico, Qatar this month

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is set to hold air talks with Mexico and Qatar this month as part of efforts by the government to boost the tourism industry.

27
May

Air talks with Canada start today

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES is set to hold air service talks with Canada today and tomorrow to expand passenger traffic between the countries.

27
May

Business aviation picks up, but jet surplus persists

By Alwyn Scott | Reuters

(Reuters) - Business aircraft are taking to the skies again as many economies around the world improve, but a surplus of jets delivered just before the recession means the equivalent of 2,750 jets remain parked in hangars.

27
May

Airlines not worried about cost of real-time aircraft tracking - U.N. official

By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah | Reuters

(Reuters) - Major airlines are united on the need for real-time tracking of commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL) Flight MH370 and have not raised cost as a concern, a senior official with the United Nations' aviation agency said on Monday.

27
May

AirAsia Zest offers Macau promo fares

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

AirAsia Zest continues to expand its regional network with additional frequencies to Macau starting July this year.

26
May

Puerto Princesa airport moving, at last!

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

At long last, the construction of the Puerto Prin-cesa International Airport is apparently about to move with the awarding of the project to a Korean contractor, Kumho. The airport project was the first of many big ticket airport projects to be approved by P-Noy after he assumed office. But it took DOTC quite a bit of time to get the project off and running.

26
May

AirAsia expects PH unit to turn in profit by ’15

Exec cites profitable routes, infra projects
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Malaysian budget airline giant AirAsia Bhd would take a “breather” in terms of expanding its Philippines-based fleet until 2016 even as the unit targets to post a profit by next year by focusing on profitable routes, AirAsia owner Tony Fernandes said last week.

26
May

NAIA 3 on schedule to be fully operational

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines — The government expects the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to be fully operational by July 31.

23
May

Ramp up investments in air links, Asean urged

Transport demand growing rapidly, says Singapore minister
By Amy R. Remo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations need to ramp up investments in infrastructure to improve air connectivity, address overcapacity in most airports in the region, and meet the expected growth in regional demand for air travel.

23
May

PH still not ready for ‘open skies’

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

purisimaThe national government is appealing to foreign airliners and enterprises engaged in travel pushing for “open skies” policy to be patient as Manila’s main gateway is not yet ready to accept additional arrivals, a Cabinet official said yesterday.

23
May

AirAsia boss aims for 85% load factor by 2016

Reuters

AIRASIA Bhd., Southeast Asia’s biggest budget airline, aims to increase its load factor to 85% in the next two years, its chief executive said on Thursday.

22
May

Plan for Naga airport brought to RDC

Manila Bulletin

Naga City – The 16-member Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC), in Resolution No. 2014-004, elevated to the Regional Development Council (RDC) the feasibility study and master plan regarding the Naga Airport re-orientation project for NEDA’s approval, support, and implementation.

22
May

AsiaZest names new CEO; sees profitability

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

AirAsia Zest’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joy Cañeba, sees the airline in the black three years from now, ready for its Initial Public Offering (IPO).

22
May

Air talks yield flights to Myanmar

BusinessWorld Online

TRAVELERS may soon enjoy three direct flights daily to and from Myanmar, following the conclusion of air service talks on Tuesday.

21
May

Naia congestion worsens air quality

Flight delays also add $2M monthly to PAL costs

By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Aircraft using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) unnecessarily emit copious amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere due to congestion at the country’s main international gateway, an airline report revealed.

21
May

World-class Palawan airport to open in ’17

Korean group to design, build $82.9-M facility

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A world-class international airport at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, is set to open in early 2017 as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Tuesday said that the airport expansion project was finally awarded to a Korean group.

19
May

Tiger Airways seeks gov’t permit to fly to South Korea

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Tiger Airways Philippines is seeking regulatory approval to fly to South Korea, the Philippines’ No. 1 source of tourists, a filing with the Civil Aeronautics Board showed.

15
May

No boost from revenue

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc. -- the listed operator of budget airline Cebu Pacific -- saw its earnings plummet by 85.8% in the first quarter even as it enjoyed higher passenger revenues. The airline reported a net income of P164.16-million from the P1.16-billion a year ago,

15
May

Qatar Airways flights to Clark gain traffic

Manila Bulletin

Middle East carrier Qatar Airways continues to attract passengers to its non-stop daily flights at Clark International Airport since launching in October 2013.

14
May

Terminal 5 planned for NAIA

By Kris Bayos

The government is planning to construct a terminal exclusively for use of low-cost carriers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) complex.

14
May

PAL expects turnaround this year

Plans to resume flights to New York by October
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ramon-ang-0514MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Airlines (PAL) may end years of losses in 2014 with a costly writedown from retiring old planes out of the way as the flag carrier remains bullish on new routes, its top official said.

14
May

PAL eyes new generation aircraft for US, Europe

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is looking at “new generation” Boeing and Airbus aircraft to complete its fleet renewal program.

14
May

CEB chosen among Incheon Airport’s 2013 Best Airline Service awardees

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) was one of 12 airlines which the Incheon International Airport (IIAC) recognized for contributing to its airport’s achievements, including its 9th consecutive ACI Airport Service Quality Award.

13
May

PAL flies Boeing 777 to US

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) has begun flying its newer Boeing 777-330ER to the United States, while selling the 747-400 jets it retired following an air safety ratings upgrade by the US.

12
May

Drop terminal fees until NAIA is fixed

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

The airlines operating out of NAIA 1 want the terminal fees rolled back until air conditioning and other amenities are fixed. Makes sense but the proposal should go further: stop collecting the terminal fees until things are fixed and civilization restored in that terminal.

12
May

PAL freezes hiring, pushes restructuring as CebuPac recruits 700 more this year

By Vic Agustin | InterAksyon.com

Cebu Pacific plans to hire about 700 more personnel through 2014 while Philippine Airlines implements a freeze-hiring policy and continues to restructure this year, both airline managements reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of their annual meetings.

09
May

Air talks with Myanmar this month

BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is preparing for air service talks with Myanmar this month while eyeing negotiations with South Africa in July, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) chief.

08
May

CebuPac wants more seats for S’pore, Bangkok

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is seeking more seat entitlements for flights to Singapore and Thailand as it pursues a $4-billion refleeting program.

08
May

Global cargo growth trend levels off in Q1 — IATA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Since the beginning of the year, air cargo volumes have been basically flat, consistent with the recent lack of business confidence and slowdown of world trade.

08
May

Chinese teacher with no working visa faces raps for airport fight

By Jocelyn R. Uy | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—An unruly Chinese tourist who created a scene at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Monday is likely to face direct assault charges to be filed against her by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for getting into a fight with one of its employees.

08
May

Lufthansa cuts losses as efficiency drive bears fruit

Bloomberg

Deutsche Lufthansa AG narrowed its first-quarter loss as measures to cut costs and improve efficiency took hold and fuel expenses declined.

08
May

Etihad redefines first class with A380 apartments, Boeing 787 suites

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will set a new industry standard with the launch of its new First Apartments and First Suites.

07
May

Air Asia Zest aims as lead carrier between PH and Malaysia

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Air Asia Zest (AAZ) targets to be the market leader in providing air transport between the Philippines and Malaysia within the year.

06
May

FedEx Freight to raise fuel surcharge by 3 pct in June

Reuters

(Reuters) - FedEx Corp, the world's second largest parcel delivery company, said FedEx Freight would raise fuel surcharge by 3 percent next month, aiming to offset an increase in costs from rising fuel prices.

06
May

Information: Philippine Civil Aviation status upgraded

Manila Bulletin

The United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally upgraded the Philippines’ civil aviation status from Category 2 to Category 1,signifying our Civil Aviation Authority’s compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

06
May

FAA says air traffic computer was overwhelmed by U-2 spy plane

By Dan Whitcomb | Reuters

(Reuters) - An air traffic control glitch that caused hundreds of flight cancellations or delays across Southern California last week was triggered by a computer misinterpreting the flight path of a U-2 spy plane, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

06
May

Airbus unit bags IATA traffic flow contract

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Airbus ProSky, the Air Traffic Management (ATM) subsidiary of Airbus, has been awarded a contract by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to develop an Asia-Pacific Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Implementation Strategy.

05
May

Foreign airlines moving to NAIA 3 in Aug

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Five foreign airlines are scheduled to transfer their operations to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA3) in August upon the completion of the ongoing P1.9 billion retrofitting and rehabilitation project, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said.

05
May

It’s not fun at NAIA!

By Sara Soliven De Guzman | The Philippine Star)

Our world famous airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has consistently been included in the list of the top ten worst airports in the world.

05
May

Naia Terminal 3 rehab to be finished in August

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications said the rehabilitation of the Terminal 3 at the busy Ninoy Aquino International Airport serving Metro Manila was expected to be completed by the August deadline, allowing it to accommodate more international carriers and decongest the aging Terminal 1.

05
May

Island Transvoyager passes aviation safety audit

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Island Transvoyager, Inc. (ITI), the airline known for servicing direct flights to El Nido, has again successfully passed the stringent aviation audit of Shell Aircraft International (SAI).

02
May

PAL to field Boeing 777s for US flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippines Airlines Inc. (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), got the green light from the US Federal Aviation Administration (US-FAA) to use more fuel efficient and brand new aircraft for flights to the US.

31
May

Bidding set to fix Naia

By Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Following another ceiling collapse, the state operator of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) plans to bid out next month a P151-million construction contract to upgrade the parapet walls, eaves and elevated roadway at Terminal 1.

31
May

PAL to start flights to Darwin, Brisbane and Perth this Saturday

By JOV | BusinessWorld Online

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) is scheduled to begin its regular flights to the Australian cities of Brisbane, Darwin, and Perth this Saturday, the company said in a statement.

31
May

New routes enhance Etihad Cargo

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Cargo, the fast growing cargo division of United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways, has updated its 2013 summer schedule to reflect a significant investment in capacity, a number of frequency increases, plus new freighter routings and destinations.

30
May

P-Noy open to adoption of dual airport system

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration is open to adoption of a dual airport system by upgrading the congested 30-year old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and developing the Clark International Airport in Pampanga while building an alternate international gateway within Metro Manila.

30
May

DOTC sets deadline for Cebu airport bidders

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is giving the bidders of the P17.5 billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport passenger terminal project until July 15 to secure the necessary licenses for their construction contractors.

30
May

NAIA opens runway

By TAPAA | BusinessWorld Online

ANOTHER RUNWAY of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been opened to decongest air traffic.

30
May

Cebu Pacific to fly to Doha, Qatar next yr

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed low cost carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific), the airline arm of taipan John L. Gokongwei Jr., is set to fly to Doha, Qatar in February next year as part of the airline’s efforts to service Filipinos living and working overseas.

30
May

Takenaka urged to finish NAIA-3 rehabilitation project

By Toni Anne Paula A. Antiporda | BusinessWorld Online

THE CONTRACT for the completion and rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) will be bid out again if the Takenaka Corp. fails to give “a clear signal” that they want to do the project, the Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said yesterday.

30
May

Singapore April air traffic flat, cargo down in sign of Asia slowdown

Reuters

May 27 (Reuters) - Passenger movements at Singapore's Changi Airport, the world's seventh busiest for international travellers, rose just 0.8 percent in April from a year ago in a sign that the boom in Asian air travel is losing steam.

30
May

Dubai International Airport posts double-digit growth in 9 months

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Dubai International Airport has registered nine straight months of double-digit growth according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports yesterday.

29
May

CEB dominates local cargo market with 51% share

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) took 51% market share in terms of domestic cargo in the first three months of 2013, carrying 23 million kilograms, outdoing the combined cargo loads of rival Philippine Airlines and PAL Express, which totalled 17.5 million kilos, according to recently released Civil Aeronautics Board data.

29
May

LTP plans to expand A380 aircraft maintenance capability

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is planning to further expand its maintenance capability on Airbus 380 aircraft.

28
May

Cebu Pacific corners 51% of domestic air cargo market

By Toni Anne Paula A. Antiporda | BusinessWorld Online

GOKONGWEI-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific clinched more than half of domestic air cargo market in the first quarter, it said in a statement based on data culled from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

28
May

Airport security project auctioned off

BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has auctioned off the ₱297-million Airport Screening and Security Systems contract.

28
May

PAL to infuse $10 M in Cambodia Air

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), a joint venture between taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is pumping in $10 million worth of equity for a 49 percent stake in Cambodia Airlines Co. Ltd.

28
May

AirAsia first-quarter profit declines

Posted in Manila Bulletin

AirAsia Bhd., the region’s biggest budget carrier, reported its first drop in profit in five quarters as higher fuel and finance costs eroded gains from carrying more passengers.

28
May

Delta ups the ante in battle for US travel market

Posted in Manila Bulletin

New York (AP) – Delta Air Lines opened a $1.4 billion terminal at Kennedy Airport Friday, strengthening its hand in the battle for the lucrative New York travel market.

27
May

PAL to launch flights to Brazil before yearend

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to mount daily flights to Brazil before the end of the year—ahead of the football World Cup in South America’s biggest country next year.

27
May

PAL to lease out aircraft

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is considering leasing out its expensive long-range aircraft to trim the company’s losses, an official said last week.

27
May

Seair mounts int’l flights from Cebu, Kalibo

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low-cost carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair), a unit of Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. of Singapore, is set to mount flights to Singapore and Hong Kong from Cebu and Kalibo in Aklan.

27
May

PAL sees $400-M savings in fuel, maintenance costs

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) sees as much as $400- million savings from fuel and maintenance costs per year as part of its massive re-fleeting program.

27
May

Boeing CEO Sees 5-Year Edge On Airbus in Twin-Aisle Jets

By Thomas Black | Bloomberg

Boeing Co. (BA) said lessons from the plastic-composite 787 have helped the planemaker build a five-year advantage over Airbus SAS in twin-aisle jets, the models that are the backbone of airlines’ long-haul fleets.

24
May

Filipinos in flight want to go online

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—In-flight Wi-Fi topped the list of most-wanted in-flight entertainment in new research conducted by leading global travel search site Skyscanner, with 52 percent of passengers prepared to pay to access the Internet at 30,000 feet.

23
May

Biofuels: Game-changer in aviation fuel?

By Myrna M. Velasco | Manila Bulletin

2013 05 23 02 04shippingAmsterdam, The Netherlands – Your ‘used fried chicken oil’ flying you next to your overseas destination? Hmm, it sounds bizarre but it is feasible – and highly possible!

23
May

PH, Brazil forge air agreement to mount flights

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Daily flights between the Philippines and Brazil, South America’s largest country, may start soon following the approval of new air rights between the two countries this week.

23
May

Business Aviation still waiting recovery to find its wings

2013 05 22 05 166Geneva (AFP) - Manufacturers of business jets can look forward to climbing sales in the years to come thanks to emerging markets as they gather in Switzerland for an annual air show, having survived the turbulence of the global financial crisis.

23
May

Etihad’s new facility strengthens operations

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has opened a line maintenance base at Singapore’s Changi International Airport, the carrier’s eighth outside Abu Dhabi.

22
May

Singapore Air Shares Slump After Wider Operating Loss

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA), Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier, fell the most in more than 1 1/2 years in Singapore trading after lower passenger and cargo fares pushed the company into a wider fourth-quarter operating loss.

22
May

United restarts 787 flights after grounding

By Joshua Freed


Chicago (AP) – United Airlines put its 787 back in the air on Monday, with both the airline and Boeing hoping to put the plane's four-month grounding behind them.

21
May

CEB boosts Mindanao connectivity with more flights

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) increases connectivity to and from Mindanao, by adding flight frequencies and options to travelers headed for Zamboanga, Tawi-Tawi and Davao.

21
May

First Chinese-assembled A320 goes to China Eastern

Manila Bulletin

China’s largest operator of Airbus aircraft, China Eastern Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing-tip devices, becoming China’s first carrier to do so. The aircraft is also the first Sharklets equipped A320 assembled and delivered in Tianjin.

21
May

Fraport Delays New Frankfurt Terminal as Traffic Growth Slows

By Richard Weiss | Bloomberg

Fraport AG, the operator of Europe’s third-largest airport, said it will start operating a third passenger terminal about 3 years later than previously planned as demand for air traffic slows.

21
May

China Air Traffic Congestion Worsened by Military Control

By Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

China’s skies don’t have enough space.

The country’s air force controls airspace and allots only 20 percent to civil aviation. With China’s three biggest airlines planning to add at least 273 planes in the next three years, traffic congestion that already delays 25 percent of flights is set to worsen.

20
May

Air passenger traffic rose by 1.2% in Q1

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The country’s airline industry continued to post gains in terms of overall passenger traffic in the first quarter, but at a much slower pace than that recorded in 2012, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed.

20
May

CEB to launch 1st direct flights to Phuket, Thailand in August

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific will begin direct flights from Manila to Phuket, Thailand, starting August 16, 2013, becoming the first local carrier to serve the popular island destination thrice a week.

20
May

7 bidders qualify for P17-B Mactan-Cebu Int’l Airport project

Manila Bulletin

MACTAN, Cebu (PIA) – All seven groups vying for the first airport project to be bid out under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program have been successfully pre-qualified, the Department of Transportation and Communications said in a recent statement.

20
May

2GO group Q1 income jumps 145%

Manila Bulletin

2GO Group, Inc.’s net income before tax (NIBT) for the first quarter of 2013 registered a 145 percent increase to P89 million from a net loss of P198 million for the same period last year. Earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) had a hefty increase of 1290 percent to P434 million from P31 million last year. Management has attributed the turnaround performance to higher revenues and further reduction in operating costs.

17
May

PAL penalizes passengers for coming late

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started penalizing passengers for coming late and for bringing excess baggage.

17
May

Philippines: Airports upgrade

BusinessWorld Online

AIR TRAVEL in the Philippines could see major changes this year, with the government working to improve airport services and update older facilities in Manila and Cebu City.

17
May

DHL enhances intercontinental, intra-Asian services

Posted in Manila Bulletin

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has made significant enhancements to its intercontinental and intra-Asian service offering.

17
May

Seven groups qualified to bid for airport deal

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SEVEN GROUPS have qualified to bid for a multibillion-peso public-private partnership (PPP) project to expand and operate Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the Transportation department said in a statement yesterday.

17
May

Singapore airlines fights back to boost growth

By Anshuman Daga


Singapore (Reuters) – Singapore Airlines Ltd , caught between the rapid emergence of Gulf carriers and low cost Asian rivals, is attempting a big strategy overhaul to revive growth, pushing into the low-cost segment and expanding its regional network.

16
May

Cebu Pacific seeks perks

By Riza T. Olchondra | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Publicly listed Cebu Air Inc., the holding firm of Cebu Pacific, is seeking tax holidays from the Board of Investments (BOI) for the purchase of two aircraft that will enable it to offer low fares to more routes in Visayas and Mindanao.

16
May

Boeing resumes 787 deliveries

By Joshua Freed


Chicago (AP) – Boeing restarted deliveries of 787s on Tuesday after a four-month halt while it dealt with the smoldering batteries that had kept the planes grounded.

16
May

Air India to Add More Boeing 787s This Year After Flights Resume

By Karthikeyan Sundaram | Bloomberg

Air India Ltd., the state-run carrier that resumes Boeing Co. (BA) 787 commercial flights tomorrow, plans to take delivery of eight more of the fuel-efficient planes by December as it seeks to pare losses.

15
May

SAS may be first to fly Airbus A350

By Andrea Rothman | Bloomberg

(Updates with CFO comment in seventh paragraph.)

May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS engineers are working 13- hour days to get the company’s latest A350 plane off the ground in time to scoop the headlines at next month’s Paris air show.

15
May

Etihad currency solution cited

Manila Bulletin

PointsPay, the exclusive, real-time transaction solution that enables Etihad Guest members to convert their Etihad Guest Miles to cash, has won the Loyalty category at the 2013 Contactless & Mobile Awards (CMA) in London.

15
May

United resumes dreamliner flaights May

By Agence France-Presse

New York – United Airlines said that it would resume Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights this month after the troubled aircraft was modified to fix battery problems that led to a months-long grounding.

14
May

Oman carrier seeks Philippine flights

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

A CARRIER from the Middle East is eyeing operations in the Philippines, according to a notice of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

14
May

Cebu Pacific eyes another Mideast market

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon    | BusinessWorld Online

GOKONGWEI-LED Cebu Pacific is eyeing another Middle East destination to add to the United Arab Emirates, to which a maiden flight is scheduled in October, according to documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

14
May

Sunwest expects to bag airport deal

By Iris C. Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Sunwest Group of Companies said it now expects to bag the construction contract to develop the Bicol International Airport following a favorable court ruling.

14
May

Emirates SkyCargo posts 8% growth in revenue

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Emirates SkyCargo has posted an 8 percent growth in revenue to US$ 2.8 billion during its financial year 2012 - 2013, defying the industry trend.

10
May

SMC, partner to invest $1.5B for Cambodia air stake buy-in

By James A. Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation, through Philippine Airlines (PAL), and its Cambodian partner is planning to invest $1.5 billion for the acquisition of about 20 aircraft for Cambodia Airlines.

09
May

CAB may ask airlines to cut flights to Boracay

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is planning to order the country’s top airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island, in the middle of the peak summer season due to almost daily and unexplained cancellations of flights.

09
May

Branson selling Virgin Australia stake

Sydney (AFP) – Virgin Group chief Richard Branson has aired the possibility of selling his entire stake in budget carrier Virgin Australia, saying the airline’s branding is more important to him than ownership.

07
May

Cebu Pacific seeks tax perks for airplanes

By Emilia Narni J. David | BusinessWorld Online

OPERATOR of low-cost budget airline Cebu Pacific is seeking incentives to import two airplanes, a notice in newspapers said.

07
May

Boeing’s Dreamliner prompts new look at aircraft safety reviews

By Andy Pasztor


Even as Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner resumes service, the battery problems that grounded it for three months are providing momentum for potentially major changes in the way federal regulators certify the safety of cutting-edge aircraft technologies.

07
May

Solar plane takes off on cross-country US trip

By AFP


Pilot-Bertrand-Piccard AFPMoffett Airfield, California, (AFP) - The first-ever manned airplane that can fly by day or night on the sun’s power alone took off Friday on the first leg of a trip across the United States.

06
May

Asia Pacific air traffic rises 5.4% in March

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Air passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific region, including the Philippines, climbed 5.4 percent last March, or almost at par with global passenger traffic, data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed.

06
May

AirAsia passengers reach 144,215 in Q1

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines’ AirAsia Inc., the local unit of low cost carrier AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia, carried 144,215 passengers in the first quarter of the year, translating to a high load factor of 76 percent.

06
May

IATA pushes single airport system for Phl

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is pushing for the continued improvement of the operations of the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the establishment of an alternative gateway within the metropolis.

03
May

PAL resumes flights to Kuala Lumpur

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) resumed yesterday flights to Malaysia after seven years of absence.

03
May

Tourist arrivals post double-digit growth as of March

By Noemi M. Gonzales | BusinessWorld Online

FOREIGN tourist arrivals to the Philippines grew by double digits in March compared to the same period last year as first quarter figures already indicated the country is on track towards achieving its 2013 target, a Palace official said.

03
May

AirAsia operations gaining strength

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia Berhad, the region’s largest low-cost airline, noted strength in its Philippine operations, which started only in March 2012.

03
May

Boeing's 777X Jetliner given green light

Manila Bulletin


Boeing Co.'s board of directors gave approval to its commercial airplanes unit to start selling a new version of its long-range 777 jetliner, according to a person familiar with the decision.

02
May

More foreign airlines seek higher fuel surcharge

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - More foreign airlines are seeking the green light from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to impose higher fuel surcharge on international passengers on the back of rising prices of aviation fuel in the world market.

02
May

PAL’s PAL Express starts flights to Batanes

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is kicking off its aggressive expansion of the vast route network starting today.

02
May

Low-cost airports to boost travel, tourism

By Katherine Ng | Philippine Daily Inquirer

It’s not just “more fun in the Philippines,” it’s actually sizzling hot! The world’s second-largest archipelagic nation registered strong economic growth of 6.6 percent last year. Its over 90 million population is a young, vibrant and growing middle class with rising disposable incomes. Filipinos with extra cash in their pockets are now taking to the skies, setting an upward trend for air travel growth.

02
May

Filinvest-Changi team upbeat on Mactan project

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corp. is planning to transform the Mactan-Cebu International Airport into a “world-class” air gateway via partnership with Singapore’s Changi Airport Group, according to a statement issued by the company.

31
May

CAB prohibits overbooking, 'no refund, no rebooking' policy

Source: ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines - Local airlines can no longer overbook domestic flights starting June 15, nor can it continue its "no refund, no rebooking" policy on low-cost fares.

31
May

Airlines told to stop overbooking of flights

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has ordered local airlines to stop overbooking on their domestic flights.

31
May

Philippines lags behind ASEAN neighbors in competitiveness as a tourist destination

Source: A. E. Barrameda | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES is lagging behind most of its neighbors in Southeast Asia in terms of its competitiveness as a tourism destination, a recent report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed, citing insufficiencies especially when it comes to business environment and infrastructure.

30
May

Dragonair starts daily Clark-HK flights

Source: Mary Ann Ll Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Dragonair, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways, has joined the growing family of international airlines at the Clark International Airport linking Clark to 18 cities in China and some 130 destinations worldwide.

30
May

Malaysian Airline Fits A380s With Widest Seats in the Sky

Source: David Fickling | Bloomberg

A380-SuperJumbo-AircraftMalaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) has taken a 5-inch lead over Singapore Airlines Ltd.

That’s how much wider the carrier’s first-class seats will be than Singapore Air’s when it starts flying the Airbus SAS A380 in July. In total, passengers will have more space than on a single-bed mattress, with seats measuring 40 inches by 87 inches.

30
May

Cathay unit mulls flights to Kalibo

Source: BusinessWorld Online

DRAGONAIR, a unit of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., is mulling the offer of flights between the Chinese territority and Kalibo, a gateway to the Philippines’ Boracay Island.

30
May

Passenger traffic pushes airport take

Source: BusinessWorld Online

REVENUES OF the operator of an airport north of Metro Manila grew by nearly half in the first quarter due to higher passenger traffic, an official said.

30
May

Lucio Tan open to relinquishing control over PAL

Source: BusinessWorld Online

PAL HOLDINGS, INC. Chairman Lucio C. Tan is willing to allow diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corp. to increase its stake in Asia’s oldest carrier.

29
May

DOTC allots additional P2 billion for Bicol airport

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has approved an additional P2-billion budget for the new Southern Luzon International Airport (SLIA), which is due for completion in 2014.

29
May

Passenger Bill Of Rights Readied

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has come up with a comprehensive air passenger bill of rights to address the increasing number of air transport-related complaints.

29
May

Airbus CEO Says Wing Cracks Show Risk of Technology Leaps

Source: Andrea Rothman | Bloomberg

The cracked wings of the Airbus A380 double-decker airliner are the result of new technologies mixed with insufficient design controls that are now causing spiraling repair costs, Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said.

29
May

PAL sets tie-up with Avis

Source: business.inquirer.net

PAL-avis1MANILA, Philippines–Mabuhay Miles, the frequent flyer program of Philippine Airlines, and Avis Philippines & Asia recently entered into a partnership allowing Mabuhay Miles members to earn mileage points when availing of Avis car rentals at selected locations.

29
May

Foreign airline group pushing measure

Source: BusinessWorld Online

thai-airwaysTHE GROUP of foreign airline companies operating in the country has called for a sustained effort to have the proposed bill scrapping taxes imposed on foreign carriers enacted into law.

28
May

Travel agencies welcome passage of bill exempting foreign airline from taxes

Source: Czeriza Valencia | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Travel agencies welcomed the passage of a bill exempting foreign carriers from several taxes saying it has a potential to strengthen the tourism industry. At the same time, however, they urged the government to address other concerns in the industry.

28
May

Turbulence ahead for airlines despite oil price drop

Source: Delphine Touitou-AFP via inquirer.net

airlines-china-easternPARIS—Airlines are still in for financial turbulence despite a recent fall in oil prices, with many at risk of posting major losses as the cost of their top input remains historically high.

28
May

PAL eyes flights to Heathrow

Source: business.inquirer.net

pal1MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Corp.-led flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is considering flights to London’s Heathrow airport once the country’s carriers are finally allowed to fly back to European Union member states.

23
May

CAB issues new regulation on passenger compensation

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautic Board (CAB) has come out with a regulation order laying down the compensation and other obligations airlines would have to extend to passengers denied boarding or “bumped off” from a flight, and those whose flights are delayed, and cancelled.

23
May

Budget carriers must adapt

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Cebu Pacific has been a phenomenal success in the past few years, even overtaking long time flag carrier Philippine Airlines in domestic passengers flown. CebPac is also reputed to be earning more per passenger mile flown because of its so-called low-cost carrier (LCC) business model. But now it seems a backlash on CebPac’s business model could be a serious long-term threat.

23
May

Etihad Airways Offers Free Accommodation

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is offering one night’s free accommodation to passengers who stop over in Abu Dhabi for a minimum of two nights before December 1, 2012.

23
May

HK Airport Traffic Up 7.8%

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) registered significant year-on-year growth in April 2012, increasing by 7.8% and 4.8% respectively compared to the same month last year.

23
May

Air France-KLM to cut 5,000 jobs

Source: channelnewsasia.com

PARIS: Air France-KLM, the struggling Franco-Dutch airline group, is looking to cut 5,000 jobs over three years, with about half through voluntary payoffs, French daily Le Figaro reported on Monday.

23
May

Ryanair posts record annual profit of 560 mln euro

Source: businessweek.com

DUBLIN

Budget airline Ryanair has reported record profits as its recession-resistant business model continues to attract passengers from higher-fare carriers.

23
May

Australia's Qantas to split business into two

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Australia's top airline, Qantas Airways, said on Tuesday its international and domestic business will be managed as separate businesses with their own chief executive with earnings to be reported separately from July 1.

23
May

Foreign carriers' concern addressed

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE HOUSE of Representatives approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill scrapping the common carriers’ tax which foreign airlines had long opposed, along with 14 other national and 87 local measures, the chamber said in a press release yesterday.

22
May

Bumped off? Airlines now have to pay you more

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | newsinfo.inquirer.net

iloilo-airportAirline passengers bumped off flights due to the practice of overbooking by carriers will now receive higher compensation for their trouble, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has ordered.

22
May

Charging PWDs for wheelchair use at airports

Source: opinion.inquirer.net

I read with mixed reaction the article titled “Cebu Pacific took a beating from airport melee, too” (Inquirer, 5/8/12), regarding the predicament of passenger Socorro Jabor, a double amputee who opted to crawl down the airplane ramp in Singapore’s Changi airport, refusing to pay P11,000 for the use of the wheelchair lift.

22
May

Market for private jets in Asia seen expanding

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | business.inquirer.net

Sales of private jets and helicopters in countries like the Philippines are expected to surge this year as the Asia-Pacific region’s economic engines kick into high gear amid crisis conditions in Europe and the United States.

22
May

AirPhil Express moves to keep up with AirAsia

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

201205219254dBUDGET CARRIER Airphil Express has launched its maiden international operations out of Clark, Pampanga last week amid the increasing presence there of rival AirAsia Philippines.

22
May

US To Review Pilot Rest Rule Exempting UPS, FedEx Airlines

Source: Manila Bulletin

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Bloomberg) – A regulation exempting pilots at United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) and FedEx Corp. from new rules to combat fatigue will be reviewed after the US government disclosed errors in its analysis of costs and benefits.

22
May

Qantas Slashes Costs, 500 Jobs

Source: Manila Bulletin

SYDNEY (AFP) – Embattled Australian flag carrier Qantas said Monday it will axe 500 jobs in its heavy maintenance and engineering operations as part of a restructuring to help slash costs.

22
May

PAL Offers All-In Promo Rates

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL) is pushing for fare-pricing transparency via its the first no-hidden charges, all-in low-fare promo for all domestic and selected international destinations.

21
May

Airlines urged to address delayed flights, missing luggage

Source: Jess Diaz | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile urged airlines yesterday to address issues related to delayed flights and missing luggage.

21
May

PH airline industry recorded healthy gains in Q1, says CAB

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The country’s airline industry continued to post healthy gains in the first quarter of 2012, due largely to the budget airlines that have made air travel affordable for millions of Filipinos.

21
May

Berlin airport opening delayed to March 2013

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Berlin's new airport will probably not open before March 2013 because of problems with fire regulations, sources said on Wednesday, further embarrassing authorities who had predicted a three-month delay from the original date of June 3.

21
May

Thai Air considers new budget airline, sees turnaround

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Thai Airways International Pcl may set up a new budget carrier to tap strong demand in the regional no-frills sector and the group is on track to achieve its net profit target this year after a strong first quarter, its president said on Friday.

21
May

Iloilo Airport Set To Become WV's Gateway To International Flights

Source: Tara Yap | Manila Bulletin

Iloilo Airport will start accommodating international flights by end of October or early November this year.

21
May

Major Traffic Jam At Airport

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - Vehicular traffic leading to the Departure Area of the premiere airport got snarled to a snail's pace late Saturday afternoon after a motorist suffered from heat stroke while driving his van up the ramp leading to the airport.

21
May

AirAsia firms up Macau, Hong Kong plan

Source: BusinessWorld Online

201205200293eAIRASIA, Inc., the operator of budget carrier AirAsia Philippines, is poised to bag more seat entitlements for Macau and Hong Kong ahead of plans to mount flights to the two countries, documents from Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

21
May

Airport repair need not go through bidding

Source: Business World Online

THE JUSTICE department has cleared the Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) plan to undertake architectural and interior works at the Ninoy Aquino Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) without public bidding.

21
May

Airport blues

Source: Business World Online

In previous articles (Keeping up; Keeping Pace, and Airport Blues Parts 1 & 2) I had written about how we pale in comparison with our original ASEAN partners. Business travelers and tourists have voted Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as the "worst airport in the world."

17
May

Asia Pacific Airlines’ Earnings Decline

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - Asia Pacific-based airlines posted a 47 percent decline in net profits to US$4.8 billion in 2011 from US$9 billion achieved in 2010.

17
May

Airbus Cuts Prices; Boeing Pressured

Source: Thomas Black/Bloomberg via mb.com.ph

Boeing Co. pledged to cut expenses to maintain profit margins on the latest version of the top-selling 737 jet, countering “predatory pricing” on the new A320neo from Airbus SAS.

17
May

Zamboanga Airport Interior Design Competition

Source: Nonoy E. Lacson | Manila Bulletin

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Reputable and budding architects and interior designers in the Zamboanga Peninsula signified their enthusiasm to join the competition for the interior design of the busy Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) in this city.

17
May

Zest Air to start direct flights to Shanghai

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Traveling to Shanghai, China, will be a lot cheaper when Zest Air launches its Manila-Shanghai direct service in June with an introductory fare of P1,488 (exclusive of applicable taxes, surcharges and Philippine travel tax).

16
May

Air Pacific to become Fiji Airways again

Source: australianaviation.com.au

AIr-Pacific-738Fijian national carrier Air Pacific will return to its maiden name of Fiji Airways, part of a broader overhaul of its image as the partly Qantas-owned airline works to turn around its struggling business.

16
May

Plane carrying 21 crashes in northern Nepal

Source: Inquirer News

nepalKATMANDU — Police says a plane with 21 people on board has crashed in Nepal’s mountainous north.

16
May

Cebu Pacific income down 20%

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei- controlled Cebu Air (CEB), the operator of budget airline Cebu Pacific, suffered a 20 percent decline in its first quarter net income to P962.4 million, compared to P1.2 billion in the same period last year.

16
May

China airline cuts flights to Phl

Source: The Philippine Star

BEIJING – A major Chinese airline would suspend some flights to the Philippines due to the drop in tourists traveling there amid a standoff between Beijing and Manila.

16
May

JAL Reports $2.33-B Income

Source: Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan Airlines (JAL), which went bankrupt two years ago in one of the country's biggest-ever corporate failures, logged an annual net profit of $2.33 billion, thanks to cost-cutting efforts.

16
May

CAPA Sees Weak Market For Asian Airlines After Q1 Results

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The outlook for the normally buoyant Asian market has further dimmed following a rare quarterly loss for Singapore Airlines (SIA).

16
May

Flying, more fun in the Philippines

Source: BusinessWorld Online

Reading about the complaints of passengers against the "company policies" of Cebu Pacific reminds me of a trip that I took to Sri Lanka several decades ago. My flight from Manila to Bangkok had been cancelled due to engine trouble and, while the airline arranged to book the stranded passengers in a hotel, that still left me with a missed Air Lanka connecting flight from Bangkok to Colombo.

14
May

DTI, DOTC finalizing passengers' bill of rights

Source: Czeriza Valencia | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is working with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to finalize the guidelines on the bill of rights of passengers who were bumped off from flights or suffered delays and cancellations.

14
May

EOs 28 & 29 seen to jeopardize SMC plans for PAL expansion

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Corp.’s expansion and growth plans for Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Air Philippines would be put to naught unless the government amends Executive Order 28 and EO 29, the Save Our Skies (SOS) said.

14
May

Biazon Wants Funds For CCTV

Source: Raymund F. Antonio | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has requested additional funds from the Department of Budget and Management to replace the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) security system installed at the arrival and the conveyor areas of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

14
May

Airports, Tourism

Source: Former Senator Atty. Rene Espina | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - The relationship among airports, tourism, and  business is so obvious that it needs no elaboration. I, therefore, welcome the Department of Transportation and Communication actions to improve the operational efficiencies of various airports, especially the NAIA and its three terminals. I wrote some months ago about my own experience of a delayed flight to Cebu because of NAIA’s runway congestion.

14
May

Pilot Perishes In Davao Crash

Source: Aaron Recuenco | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - A small aircraft being used for spraying of pesticide on a banana plantation in Davao del Norte crashed in Tagum City, resulting in the death of the lone pilot.

14
May

Immigration beefs up NAIA contingent

Source: Jerome Aning | Inquirer News

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday said it had deployed 20 newly hired immigration officers to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to address the increasing volume of international travelers.

14
May

‘Tell travelers what to expect’

Source: Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. | Inquirer News

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is urging local budget airlines to tell travelers what they are getting into when they book flights with them.

14
May

Chinese tours to Boracay canceled

Source: Nestor P. Burgos Jr. | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILOILO CITY—Resorts and hotels on Boracay Island have been hit by cancellations of tourist bookings from China amid a standoff over Scarborough Shoal, now on its 33rd day, a tourism official said Sunday.

14
May

3 foreign carriers prep surcharge hikes

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

THREE FOREIGN AIRLINES are seeking the regulator’s approval to increase fuel surcharges amid volatile jet fuel prices, filings from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

14
May

Cebu Pacific operator seeks to renew permits ahead of expiry next month

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc. the operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, is seeking to renew its permit for domestic and international operations by another five years, as its existing license will expire next month, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

14
May

Bacolod-Silay airport project said backed by Malacañang

Source: BusinessWorld Online

BACOLOD CITY -- The proposal to expand the Bacolod-Silay Airport has received support from President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. told journalists here recently.

10
May

Airlines want key airports open 24/7

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

NAIAMANILA, Philippines – Airline companies have urged the government to operate all key airports, not just Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), on a 24/7 basis to make the country more tourist friendly and to help decongest Manila.

10
May

Air India seeks proposals to raise up to $800 mln in debt

Source: reuters.com

State-run carrier Air India has invited offers from banks to raise up to $800 million via external commercial borrowing and bridge financing, two documents posted on the company's website showed.

10
May

24/7 operations in all key airports sought to decongest NAIA

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Airline companies are urging the government to operate all key airports, not just the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), on a 24/7 basis to make the country more tourist friendly and help decongest Manila.

10
May

EDITORIAL - Decongesting airports

Source: The Philippine Star

startoonhiThanks to a brawl at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, it has come to light that the newest terminal of the country’s premier airport lacks closed-circuit television cameras. CCTVs are not the only basic equipment lacking at the NAIA Terminal 3, and in many airports outside Metro Manila.

09
May

DOTC to address complaints raised by airline passengers

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is moving to address the growing number of “consumer complaints” raised by local airline passengers victimized by cancelled bookings on cancelled and delayed flights.

09
May

Air fare to include terminal fee in August

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Starting Aug.1, the terminal fees for domestic flights will be included in the prices of plane tickets, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday.

09
May

Airport brawl reveals lack of CCTVs

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II yesterday said that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, site of the brawl between Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo and actor Raymart Santiago, did not have a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera system that could have recorded the incident.

09
May

Rapid exit taxiways, peak hour rules to decongest NAIA

Source: BusinessWorld Online

CONSTRUCTION OF additional rapid exit taxiways and flight operation adjustments during peak hours are among the measures that will be implemented to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), officials said yesterday.

09
May

Foreign tourist arrivals seen on track to hitting govt’s 4.6-million full-year target

Source: BusinessWorld Online

FOREIGN VISITOR arrivals hit 1.148 million in the first quarter, on track to the government’s 4.6-million target for the whole year, the Tourism department said in a statement on Tuesday.

09
May

Yoga for jets: wingtips bent for efficiency

Source: BusinessWorld Online

CHICAGO/PARIS -- There are, so the industry saying goes, only three secrets in the commercial airplane business: the selling price, the production cost and the shape of the wing.

09
May

Gov’t, airlines agree to improve NAIA operations

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Inquirer

Local airlines have come to an agreement with the government on the implementation of several reforms to address frequent flight delays at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Manila.

09
May

US foils Al-Qaeda bomb plot against airliner—official

Source: Agence France-Presse | Inquirer

WASHINGTON—The United States has foiled a plot by Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen to blow up an airliner and has recovered the explosive device, a US counterterrorism official said Monday.

09
May

American Air Focuses On Int'l

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines plans to focus more on international flying and make better use of smaller jets in the U.S. as part of an effort to boost annual revenue by $1 billion within 5 years.

09
May

Airlines Ready To Pay To End Heathrow Delays – IAG CEO

Source: Rhys Jones & Drazen Jorgic | Manila Bulletin

LONDON (Reuters) – Airlines using London's Heathrow airport would be prepared to pay higher landing fees to reduce long queues at the British hub which have reached ''crisis'' levels, according to the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG.

09
May

Canceled Boeing, Airbus Orders Mount

Source: Manila Bulletin

PARIS (AFP) – Boeing and Airbus suffered major order cancellations last month, with airlines dropping 25 787 Dreamliners and seven A350s, according to data released by the aircraft manufacturers.

09
May

Airline Rebooking Fees Illegal – DTI

Source: Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - Airlines should refund in full or rebook a passenger, including promotional airfares, affected by flight cancellations or delays attributable to carriers at no additional cost to passengers, the Department of Trade and Industry.

09
May

France Backs Airbus' Philippine Plan

Source: Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - The French government has vowed to bring some operations of Airbus and its parts and components suppliers to the Philippines in its strong support for the government’s bid to further strengthen the country’s existing capability as aircraft components manufacturing hub.

08
May

Iñigo Zobel: New Air Philippines president

Source: Babe Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Polo sportsman Iñigo Zobel has just been elected president of Air Philippines (now Airphil Express), the low cost sister airline of PAL. This is the first time that Iñigo – who is a shareholder of San Miguel and has sat on the board since 1999 – has accepted any executive position precisely because his passion for polo takes him to so many countries to compete. As a matter of fact, he is set to fly to London this week in preparation for the Queen’s Cup, one of the most prestigious in the world and whose finals is slated in June.

08
May

ACI Sees Global Airline Passenger Traffic To Double By 2029

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Airport Council International (ACI) has predicted that worldwide passenger traffic would double from 5 billion to 11 billion by 2029.

08
May

IndiGo Signs Up Lufthansa Tecknik

Source: Manila Bulletin Pressmart

IndiGo, India's largest low-cost carrier, has recently signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) for a series of C4 lease return checks for seven of its A320 aircraft.

08
May

Qantas to Boost Domestic Flights Amid Virgin Challenge

Source: Joe Schneider | Bloomberg

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN), Australia’s biggest carrier, plans to boost domestic flights to protect its 65 percent share of the market and fend off Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. (VAH)

08
May

Budget Carrier To Stop Flights

Source: London thru Manila Bulletin Pressmart

Budget airline BMI Baby will stop flying in September with some routes being cancelled as of next month, owner International Airlines Group (IAG) announced.

08
May

Rolls-Royce buoyed by demand for fuel-efficient jets

Source: Rhys Jones | uk.reuters.com

(Reuters) - Aero engine maker Rolls-Royce (RR.L) expects profits to rise again in 2012 as it continues to benefit from airlines' need for more fuel-efficient planes and the relentless demand for travel to and from Asia's burgeoning megacities.

08
May

Japan questions taxes levied on foreign carriers

Source: K. A. M. Patria | BusinessWorld Online

JAPAN HAS JOINED the ranks of countries that deem Philippine taxes on foreign carriers as discriminatory, records from a March trade policy review at the World Trade Organization (WTO) show.

08
May

Cebu Pacific took a beating from airport melee, too

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Radio host and columnist Ramon Tulfo was not the only one who took a beating from actor Raymart Santiago and several of his companions at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday.

08
May

Airline agents say Claudine Barretto cussed them

Source: Jerry E. Esplanada | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Two passenger arrival agents of Cebu Pacific Air said they were “verbally abused” on Sunday by actress Claudine Barretto after the airline off-loaded her group’s bags from a midday flight from Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay.

07
May

Tan to keep remaining PAL stake

Source: Zinnia B. Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The family of taipan Lucio Tan, who ceded management control of Philippine Airlines to diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corp., plans to keep its remaining stake in Asia’s oldest carrier.

07
May

Etihad Airways Named Middle East's Leading Airline For 6th Year

Source: mb.pressmart.com

Etihad Airways has again cleaned up at the prestigious World Travel Awards Middle East.

07
May

Bombardier Wins $1.35-B WestJet Order

Source: Frederic Tomesco (BLOOMBERG) thru Manila Bulletin

Bombardier Inc. won a turbopropaircraft order with a list value of about $1.35 billion to supply WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s new regional unit, beating European rival Avions de Transport Regional.

07
May

Boeing Boosts 747-8 Jet Production

Source: Thomas Black (BLOOMBERG) thru Manila Bulletin

Boeing Co. is increasing production of the 747-8 jumbo jet, the planemaker’s largest model, as it boosts commercial-plane output to record levels to meet rising demand for more-efficient aircraft.

07
May

High Fuel Prices Hurt Growth In Global Passengers, Cargoes IATA

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global passenger demand rose 7.6% and freight demand climbed 0.3% in March versus the same period last year when the Arab Spring disrupted travel in the Middle East and North Africa, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan slowed down travel across Asia-Pacific.

07
May

Air France-KLM Suffers Loss

Source: mb.pressmart.com

Air France-KLM said Friday it suffered a first quarter net loss of 368 million euros ($485 million) as higher fuel prices continued to outpace increased revenues.

07
May

Air Philippines seeks renewal of local permit

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

AIR PHILIPPINES Corp., which owns budget carrier Airphil Express, is seeking a permit from regulators to extend its domestic operation for another five years, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.