01
Jul

Brexit to cost $4-M revenue loss in PAL’s London route

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) sees a $4 million reduction in revenues from its London operations this year following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).

01
Jul

Brexit seen to affect PAL

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines would not be spared from the fallout of Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union, a development dubbed Brexit.

30
Jun

PAL reports 560% rise in net income to $134.42 million

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

After adopting cautious strategies and managing its resources, Philippine Airlines (PAL) comprehensive earnings shot up six-fold, from $20.38 million in 2014 to $134.42 million in 2016, a 560 percent increase.

29
Jun

Civilize the airports!

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Airports are more than just terminals for jetliners. Airports present to visitors the first impression of the city and the country where it is located. Lousy airports negate all the money and effort we put into attracting tourists and investors. Airports like ours tell the world the worst about the country and our people.

28
Jun

Domestic air passengers grow 12% in Q1

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Domestic air passenger traffic grew 12 percent in the first quarter of 2016, with Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) topping the list of preferred airlines by travellers.

24
Jun

Mactan-Cebu airport gets PHL’s first automated boarding pass scanner

BusinessWorld Online

THE country’s first automated boarding pass validation system is now operational at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

23
Jun

CEB is PHs’ largest carrier to operate out of Davao

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), celebrates being the country’s largest carrier to operate flights out of Davao, one of its six strategic hubs in the Philippines. CEB currently operates a total of 128 frequencies and over 52,000 seats (or close to 300 flights) per week between Davao and seven key domestic and international destinations.

22
Jun

AirAsia Weighs BNP, Credit Suisse, RHB for Leasing Unit Sale

By Elffie Chew | Bloomberg

AirAsia Bhd. is considering hiring BNP Paribas SA, Credit Suisse Group AG and RHB Capital Bhd. to help sell its aircraft leasing unit as part of plans to raise funds and strengthen its finances, the group’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said.

15
Jun

Southeast Asia carriers earn more in Q1

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Southeast Asian airlines saw continued growth in their earnings in the first quarter amid improved market conditions and lower fuel prices.

15
Jun

PAL eyes next hub in Davao

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The national carrier is planning to make Davao as one of its hubs.

15
Jun

PAL launches flight to Saipan

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino travelers now have a direct link to Saipan as Philippine Airlines (PAL) opens the route beginning June 15.

15
Jun

AirAsia brings back 'Piso Fare'

Manila Bulletin

AirAsia brings back 'Piso Fare'
Manila — AirAsia is giving away up to 3 million promotional seats in the latest Red Hot Piso Fare campaign across its entire short and long-haul network.

14
Jun

AirAsia revives P1 seat sale

By Louise Maureen Simeon | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low-cost carrier AirAsia will offer three million promotional seats up for grab as it brings back the P1 seat sale until June 19.

14
Jun

Cebu Pacific records 11% jump in passenger volume

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific and sister carrier Cebgo said passenger volume jumped in the first four months of 2016, with a boost coming from the busy summer season.

14
Jun

PAL sees brisk bookings for direct flight to Saipan

BusinessWorld Online

In a statement, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said Saipan-based Filipinos previously had to take flights to Manila via Guam.

06
Jun

PAL’s Manila-Taipei-Osaka service gains support

Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Department of Tourism – West Japan (DOT), the Kansai International Airport Authority (KIA) and the Taiwan Visitors Association (TVA) vowed to work together to ensure the success of the Manila-Taipei-Osaka service slated to commence on June 25.

06
Jun

Singapore Airlines keen on Philippines expansion

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Singapore Airlines is keen on expanding its operations in the Philippines given the country’s favorable economic prospects, but the government will have to address congestion in Manila’s airport and develop infrastructure for the aviation industry, an official said.

02
Jun

Clark passenger traffic grows 8% in 4 months

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Passenger traffic in Clark International Airport grew eight percent in the first four months from a year ago as more residents of the central and northern Luzon areas used the airport.

29
Jun

Palace welcomes EU’s lifting of ban on all Phl carriers

By Delon Porcalla | Philippine Star

Malacañang welcomed the decision of the European Commission to lift its five-year ban against all airlines from the Philippines, as it expressed hope the move would boost tourism arrivals in the country.

29
Jun

Mactan Cebu airport capacity seen rising 178% to 12.5 M passengers

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The capacity of the country’s second busiest airport is expected to surge 178 percent with the completion of the P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport project in 2019.

29
Jun

EU move boosts PAL Express expansion plans

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

PAL Express, the sister company of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, said the European Union’s decision allowing all domestic carriers to fly to Europe would help bolster its expansion plans.

29
Jun

AirAsia Zest bullish on growth, looks to be profitable this year

BusinessWorld Online

LOW-COST carrier AirAsia Zest expects to turn in a profit within the year before the local unit of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad holds an initial public offering (IPO) that was pushed further to 2017.

26
Jun

All PH airlines may now fly to Europe; ban lifted

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The European Union has lifted the ban on Philippine commercial flights and allowed all of the country’s air carriers to fly over Europe’s skies.

26
Jun

AirAsia CEO Fernandes casts other work aside amid accounting worries

Siva Govindasamy | Reuters

SINGAPORE, June 25 (Reuters) - AirAsia Bhd boss Tony Fernandes has told staff and analysts he will spend more time working on the budget airline and put his other business and sporting interests to one side, after a report questioning the company's accounts sent its share price tumbling.

26
Jun

Cebu Air sets $280-M budget for 2015

BusinessWorld Online


LISTED Cebu Air, Inc., which operates budget carrier Cebu Pacific, has raised its capital expenditure (capex) budget for 2015 by more than a tenth from a year ago to finance its new planes, its chief executive officer said yesterday.

26
Jun

All Philippine carriers removed from EU blacklist

BusinessWorld Online


SMALLER airlines and charter companies can now follow Philippine Airlines (PAL) to Europe after the aviation safety regulator of the 28-member European Union (EU) bloc lifted a five-year ban against all Philippine carriers, officials said yesterday.

23
Jun

Philippines pushes air talks with UAE

By Danessa O. Rivera | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is keen on holding air talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite opposition from local carriers as the destination is seen as a critical connector to Europe, the Tourism chief said yesterday.

23
Jun

Aviation laws frustrate AirAsia’s bid to consolidate associates

Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- AirAsia refuted on Monday a report that had said the airline was unwilling to consolidate the accounts of its foreign associates and be more transparent about its finances, saying it was prevented from doing so by aviation regulations.

22
Jun

Singapore Air yearns to reclaim world’s longest flight title

Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Ltd. is impatient to restore nonstop flights to the US.

17
Jun

Cebu Pacific buying 16 ATR planes for $673 M

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei is spending $673 million to acquire 16 more brand new aircraft from Toulouse-based turboprop aircraft maker ATR to meet the growing demand for inter-island services in the Philippines.

17
Jun

MIAA, airlines finalize plans for APEC meet

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government and airline operators have started finalizing a plan in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit that will be attended by various heads of states in the Philippines in November.

17
Jun

PAL Express plans services to Saipan

Manila Bulletin

PAL Express (PALex) may soon make Saipan its next destination.

17
Jun

CebuPac beefs up fleet

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, is looking to at least double its fleet of short-range aircraft as it placed an order for next-generation planes from French-Italian plane maker ATR during the Paris Air show.

17
Jun

Cebu Air shops for $673-M turboprop planes at Paris expo

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc., operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, went shopping for new planes at a Paris expo and said it placed an order for 16 ATR 72-600 in a $673-million deal with European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR.

16
Jun

CEB eyes further long-haul network expansion in 2015

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) is planning further expansion of its long-haul network this year and is waiting to see how its long-haul operation, which had a load factor of only 53% in the fourth quarter of 2014, matures before committing to more A330s or new-generation wide-body aircraft, according to the Center for Asia-Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

16
Jun

AirAsia to raise funds via debt issue, jet sale

Reuters

SINGAPORE -- AirAsia Bhd., Asia’s biggest budget airline, plans to raise funds at loss-making associates by issuing up to $300 million in bonds and may sell planes to help cut group debt, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said in a letter to investors.

15
Jun

ANA, United Airlines launch travel program for SMEs

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - All Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines launched yesterday a complimentary corporate travel program aimed at supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam when their employees travel on business.

15
Jun

PAL plans to buy 2 more planes for long-haul flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) of taipan Lucio Tan is looking at acquiring two more Boeing 777 and about six Airbus A350 aircraft as part of a plan to beef up its long haul fleet, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said.

15
Jun

PAL to beef up US service with 777, A350 jets

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will renew its long-haul fleet with two new Boeing 777-300ERs and four to six new-generation wide-body aircraft -- most likely Airbus A350-900s -- in a bid to cement its position in the North American market ahead of rival Cebu Pacific, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in a report released over the weekend.

10
Jun

CAAP may downgrade aircraft operations at Dumaguete Airport

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

After a private lot owner refused to trim down his tall tees which obstruct the glide path angle on the final approach of Dumaguete airport’s runway 09, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) might be forced to downgrade aircraft operations there to smaller planes and stall the booming economy of Dumaguete City and neighboring towns and cities in Negros Oriental.

10
Jun

CAAP lifts SkyJet Airlines’ suspension

Manila Bulletin

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued an order dated June 5, 2015 lifting the suspension order of Magnum Air SkyJet, Inc. or SkyJet Airlines effective immediately.

10
Jun

Traveling by plane is safer than ever, IATA assures

AFP

Miami Beach, United States – Traveling by plane is safer than ever despite a series of headline-grabbing airline disasters in recent months, the head of a major global aviation group said Monday.

09
Jun

Airlines urged to set up full contingency plans

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has urged airlines to put in place comprehensive contingency plans in the event of accidents.

09
Jun

Security issues of US agency on NAIA can be easily rectified — MIAA

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ended last week its observation of airline and airport operations, noting minor concerns about the security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

09
Jun

International air freight momentum slows down in April – IATA reports

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

In contrast with a robustly growing global passenger demand, freight markets are slowing down based on April data, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

08
Jun

Global passenger demand remains healthy in April

IATA Report
by Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Demand for connectivity remained strong this April, with global passenger traffic results showing robust demand growth versus the same period last year, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) results.

08
Jun

Etihad posts 4th straight year of profit

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, achieved its strongest financial results to date in 2014, posting a net profit of $73 million on total revenues of $7.6 billion, up 52.1 percent and 26.7 percent respectively over the previous year.

08
Jun

Over 2 dozen airlines joining Travel Madness Expo 2015

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - At least 24 foreign airlines are joining theme parks and national tourism organizations from various parts of the world in participating in the Philippines’ forthcoming international travel tradeshow Travel Madness Expo 2015.

08
Jun

CAAP lifts suspension of Skyjet and Seair

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has lifted the suspension imposed on Magnum Air Inc. (Skyjet) and Southeast Asia Airlines International Inc. (Seair) after addressing several safety concerns raised by aviation experts from the European Union.

05
Jun

Cebu Pacific starts Doha service today

Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) launched its twice weekly non-stop flights between Manila and Doha in Qatar on June 4, 2015. Upon arrival in Doha, CEB becomes the first Philippine carrier to land in Doha.

04
Jun

Think tank sees sizeable profits for PAL this year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Regional think tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) sees Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) of taipan Lucio Tan turning in sizeable profits this year amid improved market conditions, lower aviation fuel prices and delay in aircraft deliveries.

04
Jun

Increased profitability seen for PH airlines

‘Significantly improved’ outlook for PAL
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Domestic carriers are likely to see higher earnings in 2015 as they benefit from lower fuel prices and recent consolidation moves, consultancy firm Capa Center for Aviation said in a recent report.

04
Jun

Naia tower radars go blank; computer glitch delays flights

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The control tower radars of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) bogged down for at least an hour on Wednesday, forcing delays on seven arriving flights, including one that needed to be diverted.

03
Jun

PAAT gets new investor for Clark aviation training facility

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

As part of its ambition to be a truly ASEAN training hub, the Asian Aviation Center for Excellence (AACE), jointly owned by aviation corporate giants CAE Inc. of Montreal, Canada and AirAsia Berhad, has invested an undisclosed amount in the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT).

03
Jun

Malaysia Airlines cuts 6,000 jobs as new CEO rolls up sleeves

AFP

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, its new German CEO said Monday as the carrier slashed 6,000 jobs as part of plans to recover from deadly disasters and a long run of red ink.

02
Jun

Etihad posts 4th consecutive year of net profit at $73M, up 52%

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, achieved its strongest financial results to date in 2014, posting a net profit of $73 million on total revenues of $ 7.6 billion, up 52.1 percent and 26.7 percent respectively over the previous year.

02
Jun

Phl inks new air pact with Qatar

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has signed an updated air agreement with Qatar that is expected to benefit about 250,000 Filipinos living and working in Qatar, an official from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

30
Jun

Cebu Air to seek Haneda slots in November

BusinessWorld Online

THE PARENT company of carrier Cebu Pacific Air said it must wait until November before it can formally seek regulatory approval to acquire Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) seven unutilized slots per week between Manila and Tokyo-Haneda airport.

25
Jun

IATA urges aviation sector to tap IT in improving passenger service

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged aviation stakeholders to develop and use information technology (IT) to drive improvements in the passenger experience.

24
Jun

Airport lines and ICT woes

By Cielito F. Habito | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sometimes it seems as if we simply can’t move forward without taking a step or two backward at the same time. On a brief trip abroad last week, I was pleased to see how we no longer need to fill out those pesky immigration forms. One wonders why it took so long, when we’ve had machine-readable passports for years. And unless one has something to declare, there’s also no need to fill out a Customs form upon arrival. Welcome (and overdue) forward steps indeed.

24
Jun

Air Micronesia, SEAIR apply for fuel surcharge

BusinessWorld Online

TWO AIRLINES have sought regulatory authorization for new fuel surcharges on the Guam and Cagayan de Oro routes, according to filings with Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

23
Jun

AirAsia group eyes flights to Myanmar

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier Air Asia Inc. (Philippines’ AirAsia) and unit AirAsia Zest (formerly Zest Airways Inc.) are looking at mounting flights to Myanmar as part of the continued expansion of their routes.

20
Jun

DOTC expands incorporation of terminal fees to airline tickets to other airports

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will implement the incorporation of terminal fees in the passengers’ airline tickets to other airports in the country.

19
Jun

PH seals air deal with Macau

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines sealed a new air deal to increase flights to Macau on expectations that tourism and trade would continue to increase.

17
Jun

More airports urged: take fees via tickets

BusinessWorld Online

THE TRANSPORTATION department has urged other airport authorities to take the cue from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)’s move to include the P550 terminal fee in airline tickets, starting in October.

17
Jun

Jica pushes Sangley as new airport site

$10-B alternative to congested Naia
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has formally recommended the former US naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite, as the site for a $10-billion air gateway that will serve Metro Manila by 2025, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

17
Jun

Cebu Pacific to launch direct flights to Kuwait, Sydney

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific Air announced yesterday that it will introduce direct flights to Kuwait and Sydney, Australia in September.

11
Jun

Flag carrier sees better results starting April

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) should reflect recovery starting April, its top executive said after the annual stockholders’ meeting of San Miguel Corp. in Pasig City yesterday.

11
Jun

Airlines improve their baggage claim services

The Wall Street Journal

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.

10
Jun

PH, Canada expand air transport accord

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has announced an expanded Canada-Philippines air transport agreement that allows for more flights between the two countries.

10
Jun

Airport vision looking for a place to land

BusinessWorld Online

JUST BECAUSE I have just launched my second aviation book, The History of Philippine Aviation 1909-2012, and have likewise published a book on airline management, my colleagues in the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) seem to look at me as an authority in aviation. Lately, I have often been asked what I think about the proposed Ramon Ang airport in the Manila-Cavite coastal area. My reply: if it will happen tomorrow, I am all for it.

10
Jun

Domestic, international air travel rose in Q1

Cebu Pacific leads local mart, PAL leads int’l sector
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer


Philippine air passenger traffic was slightly up in the first quarter of the year on moderate gains for both domestic and international flights, the Civil Aeronautics Board said in a statement over the weekend.

03
Jun

Phl air traffic slips 2.6% in Q1

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

air-traffic-BUS6MANILA, Philippines - Air traffic in the Philippines slipped close to three percent in the first quarter of the year amid the slight decline in international passengers with budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) emerging as the preferred airline of passengers.

09
Jun

3 foreign firms show interest in NAIA runway proj

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Three foreign companies have expressed interest in helping the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) increase the runway capacity of the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

09
Jun

Best airport in Asia

By Floro M. Mercene | Manila Bulletin

The Philippines is about to build a new international airport and maybe we can take a lesson on how Malaysian airport authorities and the CEO of Air Asia, Tony Fernandez, managed to set up a spanking new Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

09
Jun

Sangley airport proposed, rivaling Manila Bay plan

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines — The government has received an unsolicited proposal to build an airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, which could rival the offer of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to build a $10-billion international hub on a reclaimed area off Manila Bay.

09
Jun

AirAsia sparks fare war with first India flight

Agence France-Presse

NEW DELHI — Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia is set to make its maiden Indian flight this week, fuelling a cut-throat fare war in a sector already reeling from losses.

04
Jun

‘With move to NAIA 3, Fraport case can be settled’

The Philippine Star

naia-terminal-3-building-photo-1am2MANILA, Philippines - Germany expressed hope yesterday that the transfer of five foreign airlines to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 would speed up the settlement of the legal dispute between the Philippine government and German airport operator Fraport AG.

04
Jun

Air talks with Macau, S. Africa up next

BusinessWorld Online

CIVIL aviation regulators from Macau, South Africa, and the Philippines have set air talks in the next few weeks to expand passenger traffic among the three countries.

03
Jun

NAIA 3 ready for int’l flights

By Perseus Echeminada | The Philippine Star

NAIA3-GEN4MANILA, Philippines - The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be open to five international airlines starting in August as alternative gateway to the country, an airport official announced yesterday.

02
Jun

‘Unbearable heat’ at Naia 2

Philippine Daily Inquirer

May I call attention to the very inefficient and worsening situation of the air-conditioning system at Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) Terminal 2, which is leased exclusively to Philippine Airlines (PAL). The heat inside the glass-enclosed terminal is unbearable. I have complained twice to the terminal manager. The first was about three months or so ago; the second, about a month ago. As I write, nothing has been done about it.

01
Jul

Cebu airport’s 7 bidders: Who can woo more tourists, airlines and investors?

By Wilson Lee Flores | The Philippine Star

mciaEntrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. — Niccolo Machiavelli

01
Jul

Airbus sees Manila among aviation mega-cities by 2021

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

cebupacTOULOUSE, France – Leading aircraft maker Airbus sees Manila, along with seven other cities, joining the list of aviation mega-cities worldwide by 2021.

01
Jul

European Commission to decide on airline ban next week

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

2013063000394THE EUROPEAN Commission will decide next week on whether to lift, modify or keep a ban imposed on Philippine carriers, an official said.

01
Jul

Naia 3 rehab deal put on hold

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The signing of the P1.9-billion construction work agreement with a Japanese contractor to complete the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 has been put on hold after Philippine government lawyers decided to go over the contract a final time.

01
Jul

Some Cebu Pacific Air passengers demand money, others reforms

By Judy Quiros | Inquirer Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Cebu Pacific Air now faces demands from two groups of passengers that figured in the accident involving its Flight 5J971 to this city that partially missed the runway of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport here on June 2.

28
Jun

Skyjet partners with ABS-CBN to promote ecotourism sites

By Donnabelle L. Gatdula | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Skyjet Airlines, the country’s newest full-service budget-but-full-service airline, has signed an agreement with ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) to jointly promote eco-tourism sites in the Philippines.

28
Jun

JG Summit allots record $1.03 B for capex

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Tycoon John Gokongwei’s investment vehicle JG Summit Holdings Inc. is jacking up its capital spending to a record $1.03 billion this year to support the expansion program of its operating units.

28
Jun

PAL beats PSE deadline on 10% public float rule

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The parent firm of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) – jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) – has complied with the 10-percent minimum public float requirement of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

28
Jun

Tiger Airways Philippines targets P5B in sales for 2013

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tiger Airways Philippines, which was recently renamed from Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir), expects a three-fold increase in sales to P5 billion this year as it adds more planes and routes, officials said in a briefing on Thursday.

27
Jun

37 passengers seek damages from CebuPac

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

cebupacbigMANILA, Philippines - Thirty-seven passengers of Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 971 are seeking the suspension of operations of the airline following the mishap at the Davao International Airport earlier this month.

27
Jun

Japan pledges fair air agreement

Manila Bulletin

Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe has assured the Philippines they are looking into the bilateral air services agreement and that there is intention to discriminate the Philippines.

27
Jun

Lawsuit can use probe findings — CAAP

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines --- Passengers of Cebu Pacific flight 5J-971 that skidded off the runway at the Davao International Airport can use the official findings of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) investigation into the mishap as basis or evidence in any lawsuit against the airline or its personnel, according to a CAAP official.

27
Jun

Japan’s ANA and AirAsia to dissolve budget carrier

Agence France-Presse

ana-flightTOKYO—Japan’s All Nippon Airways and AirAsia said Tuesday they have agreed to terminate their budget carrier joint venture as business slumped amid management clashes, dealing a blow to the country’s fledgling low-cost sector.

26
Jun

PAL Holdings to hike capital

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The parent firm of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is seeking the green light from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to beef up its capital stock to comply with the minimum public ownership requirement of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

26
Jun

2 Cebu Pacific pilots in mishap suspended

CAAP: They broke flight and safety regulations

By Niña P. Calleja, Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) ordered Tuesday the suspension of two pilots of the Cebu Pacific plane that overshot the runway of Davao International Airport on June 2, saying they violated regulations and failed to evacuate its 165 passengers within the required 90 seconds.

26
Jun

CAAP: Cebu Pac plane mishap due to pilot error

By Niña Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu-Pacific-1MANILA, Philippines—The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has found the pilot and co-pilot of Cebu Pacific Air liable in the June 2 accident at the Davao runway.

26
Jun

Skyjet’s BAe 146 aircraft said perfect for short-runway airports

Manila Bulletin

Skyjet CEO Dr. Joel MendozaAn upstart local airline believes the British Aerospace BAE146 jet is the perfect aircraft for the airport runways of the Philippines because it is made and built specifically to be able to land and take off in destinations with short and challenging runways.

26
Jun

Left slams plan to turn over airports to businesses

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr. | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILOILO CITY, Philippines—Militant groups have scored a government plan to bundle and privatize the operation of small airports in the country.

26
Jun

Renovated LA Airport terminal to be unveiled

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Los Angeles (AP) – A newly renovated terminal at Los Angeles International Airport could make it tough to remember there’s a plane to catch.

26
Jun

Ryanair May Buy 200 More Boeing Jetliners, CEO Says

By Joann s. Lublin | The Wall Street Journal

In a bold show of strength for budget airlines, European budget carrier Ryanair Holdings RYA.DB +2.09% PLC may buy 200 more jetliners from Boeing Co., BA +0.84% Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said Monday.

25
Jun

Fixing NAIA-1 won’t solve runway congestion

By Bobit S. Avila | The Philippine Star

Oh boy! Are we headed in the wrong direction when we talk about the problems pertaining to the old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which has earned the unenviable distinction as the “Worst Airport” in the world? But finally there’s that proverbial light at the end of the long dark tunnel, when officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) brought back the group of my good friend Kenneth Cobunpue to design the P2.8 billion NAIA, with some reservations that it won’t be finished in time for our hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the year 2015.

25
Jun

MVP group not interested in PAL

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan said his group was not keen on buying into flag carrier Philippine Airlines.

25
Jun

DHL express named Asia Pacific’s Best Employers by Aon Hewitt

Manila Bulletin

DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has been named “Best Employer” in Asia Pacific for its Express division by Aon Hewitt, a global leader in human resource consulting and outsourcing solutions. Additionally, DHL Express received the “Best Employer” award in Thailand and Indonesia for the first time, joining DHL Express Korea who received the same award earlier this year.

25
Jun

Electronics Use Limits on Planes Seen Easing at U.S. FAA

By Alan Levin | Bloomberg

Broader in-flight use of electronics including Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Kindle readers may be possible, a panel advising U.S. aviation regulators says in a draft report that stops short of calling for ending current restrictions, according to three people familiar with its work.

24
Jun

Clark airport not viable substitute for NAIA – SCB

By Ted Torres | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) believes Clark International Airport is not a viable substitute for  Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) due to   poor transportation link to Metro Manila.

24
Jun

PH eyes air service talks with South Africa

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

An African safari may soon be more accessible to Filipino travelers as aviation regulator Civil Aeronautics Board  (CAB)  looks to pursue air service talks  with the Republic of South Africa possibly within this year,  executive director Carmelo Arcilla said.

24
Jun

Gov’t sets aside P2B for dev’t of airports

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government has earmarked about P2 billion over the next two years to redevelop and redesignate airports in Cavite and Cagayan de Oro to decongest the country’s main gateway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Metro Manila.

24
Jun

PAL, CEB Order 111 Planes

By James A. Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Airbus, currently the biggest supplier of commercial aircraft to the Philippines with a 90 percent market share, has a backlog of 111 planes worth about $14.4 billion for delivery to the country’s top two airlines – Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air (CEB).

24
Jun

Renaming of Iloilo Airport opposed

By Tara Yap | Manila Bulletin

Iloilo City, Iloilo — A proposal to rename Iloilo Airport which is located in Cabatuan and Sta. Barbara towns has resurrected, but is faced with opposition.

24
Jun

Refund to airport concessionaire ordered

By Daryll Edisonn D. Saclag | BusinessWorld Online

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) has ordered the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to refund a concessionaire ₱3.8 million in overcharged rent fees.

24
Jun

Court rules on PAL conflict

By Daryll Edisonn D. Saclag | BusinessWorld Online

A LOWER WAGE increase and retirement age has been set by the Court of Appeals (CA) for flight attendants and stewards of Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) who have an unresolved dispute with management over benefits.

24
Jun

Low-Cost Carriers Dominate Local Travel, Aim To Grow Int’l Business

By James A. Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Low-cost carriers (LCCs) now dominate the Philippine airline industry as 8 out of 10 seats flown on the domestic market are low-cost carrier seats, according to the country’s pioneer LCC Cebu Pacific.

24
Jun

Korean Air decides to buy 747-8s

Manila Bulletin

Korean Air Lines Co. agreed to buy five Boeing Co. 747-8 passenger planes as part of a planned $3.6 billion purchase of wide-body aircraft, giving a sales boost to a jumbo jet whose output is being cut due to weak demand.

21
Jun

Airbus wins A350 order from Air France-KLM

Reuters

s1.reutersmedia.net(Reuters) - Airbus (EAD.PA) sealed a long-awaited order for 25 A350-900 aircraft from Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) worth $7.2 billion at list prices after Rolls-Royce (RR.L) and the airline reached a deal over engine maintenance.

21
Jun

Boeing in comeback with launch of new Dreamliner

By Marianne Barriaux | AFP


British-Airways-Airbus-A380LE BOURGET, France — Boeing launched the biggest version of its Dreamliner plane at the Paris Air Show Tuesday with over 100 orders worth about $30 billion and a clear message -- after a run of technical blows, the US firm is back on track.

21
Jun

Emirates Skycargo will fly daily to Clark Int’l Airport

By James A. Loyola | Manila Bulletin

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is increasing its cargo capacity to the Philippines, when Emirates begins daily non-stop flights to Clark International Airport from October 1, 2013.

21
Jun

DOTC eyes bundling of smaller airports for privatization

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

joseph-emilio-abayaThe government is considering the privatization of operating airports in Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo in a single package, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said on Wednesday.

21
Jun

Australia, PH fail to reach air agreement

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

palThe Philippines and Australia have again failed to reach a new air deal this week to increase passenger traffic between them due to some “outstanding issues,” the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Thursday said.

20
Jun

NAIA to undergo facelift for 2015 APEC meeting

By Iris Gonzales | The Philippine Star

proposed-NAIAMANILA, Philippines - Architectural and design firm Budji-Royal was awarded the P1.6-billion contract to redesign the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in 2015.

20
Jun

AIRSHOW-High returns and demand lure investors to funding planes

By Andreas Kröner and Maria Sheahan | Reuters

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - The only way to make a small fortune in the airline industry is to start with a big fortune, so the joke goes.

20
Jun

DOTC set to seal Terminal 3 deal

Philippine Daily Inquirer

naia-3The transportation department hopes to conclude negotiations with contractor Takenaka Corp. of Japan next week so that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 may be fully operational by the first quarter of 2014.

20
Jun

Samoan airline introduces 'XL' class

By AFP


samoan-airlineWellington -  A tiny Samoan airline says it will introduce an "XL" class for super-sized passengers, featuring extra-wide rows and special ramps to help them reach their seats. Samoa Air has already pioneered a world first when late last year it began charging passengers fares based on how much they weigh, rather than a set price for each seat.

19
Jun

DHL unveils new global air freight service

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL, has unveiled DHL Thermonet, a new air freight product tailored for the life sciences and healthcare sector. This global service is a new addition complementing DHL’s network of life sciences and healthcare facilities.

19
Jun

Qatar Airways orders Boeing 777s at Paris Air Show

The Philippine Star

Qatar AirwaysLE BOURGET, France – Qatar Airways yesterday announced an order for nine Boeing 777 passenger aircraft on the opening day of the Paris Air Show. The additional aircraft will help the airline open up new routes and add capacity to existing markets in its rapidly-growing network.

19
Jun

Promote destinations one at a time – Skyjet CEO

Manila Bulletin

A top official of the country’s youngest airline appealed to tourism officials and stakeholders to come together for the sake of the country and pool resources on a focused approach at marketing new destinations.

19
Jun

Tiger Airways beefs up flights

Manila Bulletin

Tiger Airways Philippines will be adding more flights connecting the country to its Asian neighbors and even beyond, according to newly-appointed company president and CEO Olive Ramos.

19
Jun

Laguindingan airport review

By Ali G. Macabalang | Manila Bulletin

MARAWI CITY — At least 29 passenger planes landed and took off at the R7.9-billion new Airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental on its first day of operations last Saturday, with passengers and stakeholders expressing mixed reactions.

19
Jun

Emirates freight unit expanding cargo capacity

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The freight division of Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, is set to increase the cargo capacity of its Philippine route following the completion of the initial phase of Clark International Airport’s expansion next quarter.

18
Jun

DoTC bids out upgrades for six airports

By BGBD | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT seeks contractors for P258.9 million in lighting system installations and power supply system upgrades for six domestic airports to be "night-flight-rated."

18
Jun

PAL shops around for more planes

By Neil Jerome C. Morales | The Philippine Star


MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is still on the lookout for new aircraft as part of its fleet modernization program.

18
Jun

NAIA terminal 3 departures delayed

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines -- At least 19 departing Cebu Pacific flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 were delayed yesterday morning after the airport computerized check-in system suddenly went off after construction workers performing retrofitting works accidentally damaged the electrical conduits.

18
Jun

Palawan airport wants solar lights

By F.G.B. Descallar | BusinessWorld Online

THE CIVIL Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) seeks bidders for a P2.51-million contract to replace electric lights with solar-powered lights at the Puerto Princesa Alternate International Aiport.

18
Jun

Shuttle service to airport offered

By C. H. Cabiasa | BusinessWorld Online

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A transport group has offered shuttle services from the city to the airport in Laguindingan town in a bid to address passenger complaints on the additional cost of travel to the new facility.

18
Jun

Boeing-Airbus rivalry to dominate world’s top airshow

Airbus350Paris (AFP) – The world’s biggest air show takes to the skies on Monday, with a battle between Boeing and Airbus for orders in the lucrative market for wide-body planes set to dominate the Paris event.

18
Jun

Pilot hurt in Davao plane crash

By Cecille Suerte Felipe | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A pilot was injured after the plane he was flying crashed on a farm in Davao City, police said yesterday.

18
Jun

SEAir seeking flight entitlements to Papua New Guinea

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) is seeking to fly to Papua New Guinea, a regulatory filing with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

17
Jun

SEAIR mulls PNG flights

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low-cost carrier South East Asian Airline (SEAIR) Inc. is planning to offer flights from Clark and Manila to Papua New Guinea.

17
Jun

Bringing Airbus standards to Philippine pilot training

The Philippine Star

Airbus A320 SimulatorMANILA, Philippines - According to recent industry forecasts from Boeing and Airbus, there will be a need for 130,000 pilots to fly 9,000 new aircraft in Asia between now and 2030.

17
Jun

Woo investors for airports, factories, tourism & farms

By Wilson Lee Flores | The Philippine Star

The measure of progress of civilization is the progress of the people.  —George Bancroft

Changi Airport SingaporeSINGAPORE — Congratulations to Changi for recently winning again as the world’s No. 1 airport in the annual Skytrax survey of 12.1 million travellers from over 160 countries. Known as the World Airport Awards in a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, this is the fourth time Changi airport has achieved the prestigious top prize.

17
Jun

Air talks with Australia resume Tuesday

By Frisian Gail B. Descallar | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES expects successful commercial air service talks with Australia as more sessions have been set for June 18 and 19, almost two months after inconclusive negotiations in April, a Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) official said yesterday.

17
Jun

Airbus on track to delivery of Cebu Pacific’s second A330

By CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

AIRBUS S.A.S is close to completing Cebu Pacific’s second of four leased long-range aircraft after the budget carrier received the first one on Thursday last week, an official of the European plane maker said on Friday.

17
Jun

Cebu Pacific to buy plane for long-haul flights

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TOULOUSE, France—Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is looking into purchasing one of today’s most advanced passenger jet liners, as it expands its fleet by buying new planes capable of longer flights to new markets.

13
Jun

SMC prepared to exercise ‘right of first refusal’ in PAL

By Chino S. Leyco | Manila Bulletin

Diversified San Miguel Corporation (SMC) may still buy out billionaire Lucio Tan from flag carrier Philippines Airlines (PAL) if the potential investors will not conform with the conglomerate’s standards.

13
Jun

Breaktime: No plane, no gain

By Conrado Banal | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Indeed, the Lucio Tan group is exploring the idea of a complete divestment from our national flag carrier Philippine Airlines, selling its remaining 51-percent holding to its current partner in the airline, the country’s biggest conglomerate, San Miguel.

13
Jun

Airline firm’s credit card policy irks passengers

Philippine Daily Inquirer

jetstarMANILA, Philippines—Several passengers bound for Singapore early Wednesday were irked over a policy by an airline company, which refused to honor their tickets that were paid for online with credit cards owned by either their companies or by their travel agencies.

13
Jun

Airport accident probe results in two weeks

BusinessWorld Online

RESULTS OF the investigation on the accident at the Davao International Airport will be disclosed in the next two weeks, an official said yesterday.

13
Jun

Boeing raises jetliner demand forecast

By Tim Hepher and Alwyn Scott | Reuters

(Reuters) - Boeing (BA.N) upgraded its 20-year forecast for airplane demand as aerospace firms heading to next week's Paris Airshow look beyond the financial crisis to pin their hopes on Asia.

13
Jun

AirAsia realigns international flights effective June 15

By Reynaldo G. Navales | Sun Star

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines’ AirAsia is reducing its flight frequencies from Clark to Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore effective June 15 due to “operational realignment,” which it did not elaborate.

13
Jun

Budget Airline Sees Long-Haul Growth

By Gaurav Raghuvanshi  | The Wall Street Journal

When Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive of AirAsia X, went to Toulouse in April to receive a new jet, Airbus had arranged a limousine to fetch him from the hotel, as it does for all the CEOs of its airline customers. Instead of a business suit, Mr. Azran emerged from the hotel in bright red running gear and insisted on running the 18½ kilometers to the delivery site.

11
Jun

Running NAIA like hell by Pinoy bureaucrats!

By Bobit S. Avila | The Philippine Star

“It’s more fun in the Philippines,” as our official and obviously catchy Tourism slogan suggests, is a slogan that has been accepted by most Filipinos who use this phrase either to promote their place or use it with a double meaning… which actually means the opposite of fun. For sure, many foreign tourists have come to our shores believing in this slogan. Domestic tourism has also increased thanks to the great fare promos done by all the airlines serving our country. Now PAL is upping the ante with flights to the Middle East, which Cebu Pacific also plans to do.

11
Jun

Ouster of CAAP exec sought over runway mishap

By Edith Regalado | The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Sara Duterte is seeking the dismissal of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) chief for southern Mindanao for the alleged mishandling of the Cebu Pacific jet mishap last week that led to the closure of the Davao International Airport for two days.

11
Jun

Airline tops Pakistan gov’t privatization list

PIA Losing About $305M A Year

By Nahal Toosi


Islamabad (AP) – With every flight, Pakistan's state-owned airline demonstrates the economic challenges facing the country's new government.

11
Jun

LT Group in talks with investors for PAL majority -- San Miguel

By C. A. M. C. Feliciano | BusinessWorld Online

palSAN MIGUEL Corp. is not in talks to take over Philippine Airlines (PAL), the diversified conglomerate said in a disclosure yesterday, even as it added that it had been told by LT Group, Inc. which has majority stake in the flag carrier that the latter was “in talks with a group of investors who have expressed interest to purchase such majority interest...”

11
Jun

Air Asia PH scales back flights to HK, KL, Taiwan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The local unit of Malaysia’s Air Asia, the region’s biggest budget carrier, is reducing flights to key locations starting June 15.

11
Jun

Investors’ group in talks to buy 51% stake in PAL

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Monday said that it was not the buyer of tycoon Lucio Tan’s remaining 51-percent stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc.

11
Jun

AirAsia X launches up to $370 mln Malaysian IPO - term sheet

Reuters

(Reuters) - Long-haul carrier AirAsia X, founded by entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, launched on Monday an up to $370 million initial public offering in Malaysia, seeking to raise funds to repay bank loans and for capital expenditures, according to a term sheet of the deal seen by Reuters.

10
Jun

Laguindingan Airport opens June 15

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines -- President Benigno S. Aquino III and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya will inspect the newly constructed Laguindingan International Airport one last time tomorrow, Tuesday, before it opens to the flying public by the weekend.

10
Jun

P-Noy to inspect P7.8-B Laguindingan airport

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is set to lead the final inspection and unveiling of  a marker tomorrow at the P7.8-billion Laguindingan International Airport scheduled to open on June 15.

10
Jun

Carrier to ink A330 lease pact

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC will sign a lease agreement this week with CIT Group, Inc. for an Airbus A330-300 to be used by the budget carrier for its long-haul flights by fourth quarter.

10
Jun

Aviation execs hopeful of EU ban’s lifting

BusinessWorld Online

AVIATION AUTHORITIES are hopeful that the European Union (EU) will soon lift a ban on Philippine carriers following a just-concluded inspection.

10
Jun

Singapore Air Selects Rolls-Royce Engines for Boeing 787-10X

By Vipin V. Nair | Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) selected Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RR/) engines to power the 30 Boeing Co. (BA) 787-10X jets it ordered last week as the first buyer of the new Dreamliner model and for planes at discount subsidiary Scoot.

07
Jun

'Too early to say Cebu Pacific plane mishap was caused by pilot error'

By Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

At least two aviation experts have criticized the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for being quick to judge as “human error” a Cebu Pacific Air plane’s overshooting the runway when it landed at the Davao International Airport last Sunday.

07
Jun

Gov’t urged to act on airlines’ requests to fly to PH

By Amy R. Remo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and the Federation of Tourism Industries of the Philippines (FTIP) on Thursday urged the government to formulate a comprehensive plan to handle flight requests from international airlines, so as not to drive away prospective carriers.

07
Jun

Sydney Airport passengers set to top 74M by 2033

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Sydney (AFP) – Sydney Airport Wednesday released a draft master plan to allow Australia’s biggest airport to handle more than 74 million passengers a year by 2033 without the need for new runways or the lifting of a night curfew.

07
Jun

Travel groups buck moratorium on landing permits

By Donnabelle L. Gatdula | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The moratorium on the issuance of landing permits at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is sending the wrong signal to international investors, the country’s largest travel/tourism groups said.

07
Jun

New Qantas Singapore Lounge unveiled

Manila Bulletin

The new Qantas Singapore Lounge was unveiled last month, offering its customers the highest standard of luxury.

06
Jun

San Miguel makes payment for NAIA Expressway project

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) paid yesterday P11 billion representing the upfront cash payment for the 7.5-kilometer Ninoy Aquino international airport expressway project.

06
Jun

Probers to send Cebu Pacific Airbus data box to Singapore

By Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Wednesday that aircraft accident investigators had retrieved the black box and flight data recorder of the Cebu Pacific Air Airbus A320-200 that skidded off the runway at Davao International Airport on Sunday.

06
Jun

Cebu Pacific pilots grounded; Palace assures impartial probe

By Kris Bayos and Madel Sabater Namit | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines --- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has grounded the pilots of the ill-fated Cebu Pacific aircraft that veered off the runway of Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao international airport) over the weekend as Malacañang assured an impartial investigation on the incident.

06
Jun

PAF plane suffers flat tire, blocks NAIA runway

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Fokker 27 plane suffered a flat tire while preparing for takeoff at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), blocking the runway yesterday morning and causing the delay of a commercial flight to Cebu.

06
Jun

A lack of professionalism by CAAP officials

By Bobit S. Avila | The Philippine Star

That near disaster that happened to Cebu Pacific Airbus (CPA) 320 Flt. No. 5J 971 last Sunday once more reminds us of the woeful state in the aviation industry. Here we are bragging to the world that we have great beaches (I submit we do have a reason to brag about our beaches) stunning dive sites that can beat any tourist spot in the world, but when tourists arrive in our country… they end up seeing our serious lack of infrastructure, most notable amongst them is the state of our so-called International Airports.

06
Jun

Airline accident probe to last for two weeks -- aviation body

By FGBD and M. M. Padillo | BusinessWorld Online

INVESTIGATION ON the Cebu Pacific accident at the Davao International Airport will take two weeks, a civil aviation official said, as Mindanao’s main gateway resumed full operations yesterday.

06
Jun

Earlier plane mishap damaged Davao airport runway lights

By Karlos Manlupig | Inquirer Mindanao

DAVAO CITY—Minutes before Cebu Pacific Flight 5J-971 skidded off the runway at Davao International Airport on Sunday night, another plane from the same airline swerved after touchdown and hit the runway lights.

06
Jun

PAL to remain listed – Ang

By Neil Jerome C. Morales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National carrier PAL Holdings Inc., partly-owned by conglormerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), will remain a listed company, its top executive said.

06
Jun

IATA agrees on carbon neutral growth

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cape Town, South Africa – The International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cape Town, South Africa concluded the other day (June 4) with a “historic agreement” on carbon-neutral growth by 2020, a re-affirmed support for the New Distribution Capability with the travel sector, plus the aviation industry’s united stance to governments on passenger rights regulations.

06
Jun

Davao readies raps vs CAAP over mishap

By Edith Regalado | The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The city government is set to file administrative charges against officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)’s southern Mindanao office that operates the Davao International Airport after a Cebu Pacific jet overshot the runway and shut down airport operations last Sunday night.

05
Jun

Sumitomo-Thales to construct PH’s modern aviation systems

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Sumitomo-Thales joint venture will soon start the construction of an air traffic management building and the supply of various components, automation equipment, terminal radars and the use of the satellite technology-based system following an agreement with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

05
Jun

Foreign airlines still welcome in Phl Gov’t to free up more slots at NAIA

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government is freeing up more slots at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to allow more foreign airlines to fly into the Philippines to boost efforts to attract 10 million tourists by 2016.

05
Jun

Airlines urged to take advantage of open skies policy

By Aurea Calica | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government is encouraging foreign airlines to take advantage of the country’s pocket open skies policy and use airports outside Metro Manila while there are no new facilities to accommodate them.

05
Jun

US seen lifting restrictions on PH airlines

Initial deal with FAA sets 2-year ‘probation’

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has struck an initial agreement with American aviation regulators to remove possibly by November the restrictions that prevent local carriers from expanding flights in the United States, director general William Hotchkiss III said.

05
Jun

Cebu Pacific woes not yet over

By Germelina Lacrote, Karlos Manlupig, Aquiles Z. Zonio | Inquirer Mindanao

Cebu Pacific may have succeeded in clearing the Francisco Bangoy International Airport runway of its plane, but the airline’s troubles are not yet over.

05
Jun

'Davao airport accident won't affect evaluation of Phl aviation'

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

davao-airportMANILA, Philippines - Authorities are confident that the accident at the Davao City International Airport involving an aircraft of Cebu Pacific would not derail government efforts to have the ban lifted on local airlines mounting additional flights to the US and Europe.

05
Jun

Airport prayer rooms offer place of calm for weary travellers

By Andreas Heimann

Zurich (dpa) – No matter where you travel across the globe, be it New York, Rio, Tokyo or Frankfurt, it is still possible to find a place of calm and meditation to collect your thoughts and perhaps pray for the welfare of a loved one.

05
Jun

Probers eye pilot error in Cebu Pacific Air mishap

Airbus pulled out; Davao airport reopened

By Tarra Quismundo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

cebupacificIt took at least 15 minutes before the crew of Cebu Pacific Air began to evacuate panicked passengers after its Airbus A320-200 overshot the runway at Davao International Airport on Sunday night in stormy weather and landed on its nose, aviation officials said Tuesday.

05
Jun

Davao Airport cleared

Normal Operations Resume; CAAP Sends Notice To Airmen


By Alexander D. Lopez and Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

cebu-pacificDavao City – The ill-fated Cebu Pacific plane was finally moved out of the grassy portion of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao international airport) at 5 p.m. yesterday, paving the way for the clearing of the runway and the resumption of normal operations.

05
Jun

IATA sees 1.8% net margin despite weak economies

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cape Town, South Africa – The International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s “decision-making” 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) opened yesterday in Cape Town, pledging to tackle issues of the New Distribution Capacity (NDC), environment and passenger rights in the next two days.

05
Jun

U.S. Airlines Ready to Attack After Combining, IATA Says

By Kari Lundgren | Bloomberg

U.S. airlines are poised to go on an international offensive following mergers and job cuts that have delivered leaner companies better able to compete with rivals from Asia and the Middle East, industry group IATA predicts.

04
Jun

Airport shut after accident

BusinessWorld Online

20130603aa5beAVIATION AUTHORITIES shut down one of the country’s busiest airports yesterday after a passenger jet overshot the runway when landing during a rainstorm, officials said.

04
Jun

Cebu Pacific apologizes for runway mishap in Davao

By Karlos Manlupig | Inquirer Mindanao

Cebu-Pacific-1DAVAO CITY—Cebu Pacific on Monday apologized for Flight 5J-971’s skidding off the runway at Davao International Airport Sunday night and offered to transport passengers from Davao to General Santos at no extra charge.

04
Jun

Clear Davao Airport DOTC

By Kris Bayos and Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya yesterday instructed the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to clear the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City of obstructions within the day to allow resumption of flights.

03
Jun

Cebu Pacific passengers recall frightening landing at Davao airport

Philippine Daily Inquirer

cebu-pacificDAVAO CITY, Philippines — “We thought we all were going to die,” said Percival Jacones, 33, a seaman returning to this city for a vacation, on board Cebu Pacific’s Flight 5J 971, which overshot the Davao International Airport as it was landing on Sunday night.

03
Jun

Cebu Pacific plane makes emergency landing in Davao

By Xinhua | The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- A passenger plane made an emergency landing at an airport in Philippine southern city of Davao Sunday evening after apparently experiencing mechanical problems, passengers said.

03
Jun

PAL starts flying to new routes in Australia

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines opened new routes to Australia this week in line with the company’s aggressive expansion using brand-new aircraft.

03
Jun

LT Group ditches plan to absorb PAL

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

PALLT GROUP, Inc., the holding firm of tycoon Lucio C. Tan, will no longer consolidate Philippine Airlines (PAL) into the conglomerate to focus on being a “consumer company,” officials said.

03
Jun

Tan not infusing 49% PAL stake in LT Group

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Tycoon Lucio Tan is abandoning a plan to infuse his stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. into holding firm LT Group Inc., his son Michael Tan said on Friday.

03
Jun

Tiger Airways still in the red as of Q1

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Singapore’s Tiger Airways posted an operating profit for the second quarter in a row for the period ending March 31, although operations in the Philippines are still in the red despite efforts to expand.

29
Jun

PAL after Tan

Source: Rey Gamboa | Philippine Star

The current sharp drop in world crude oil prices should translate to some good news for Philippine Airlines after it had gone through a gamut of problems in recent months, including a labor dispute in the second half of 2011 that crippled its operations and resulted in crucial losses.

29
Jun

Revenue increase eyed

Source: BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc., the operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, expects its revenues to grow by up to 20% as it looks to increase its passenger volume by double-digits, an official said.

29
Jun

Stock hike okayed

Source: BusinessWorld Online

PAL Holdings, Inc., the operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), has moved to increase its capital stock by 15% amid plans expand the country’s oldest airline, a disclosure to the local bourse showed.

28
Jun

PAL getting P17B for expansion

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), now controlled by San Miguel Corp., is set to get P17 billion in fresh funds from its controlling shareholders in line with plans to expand operations and return to profitability.

28
Jun

PAL hikes capital to P23 billion

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PAL Holdings, the parent company of Philippine Airlines (PAL), is increasing its authorized capital stock from P20 billion to P23 billion in a bid to raise more funds for the expansion of the flag carrier and to accommodate the entry of San Miguel Corp. in PAL.

27
Jun

CAB defers implementation of ban on overbooking of flights

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has suspended the implementation of the recently imposed ban on overbooking of flights by local airlines and the order that sets stiff penalties on bumping off passengers.

27
Jun

PAL gets new Boeing 777 passenger jet

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has taken delivery of its newest Boeing 777-300 passenger jet, bringing its fleet of flagship long-range aircraft to three.

27
Jun

CEB Slashes Fuel Surcharge 20%

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- To further lower fares for passengers, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) slashed fuel surcharges on its domestic flights by 20%.

27
Jun

ICAO, ACI Join Forces To Enhance Safety At Airports Worldwide

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to provide the highest possible levels of safety at airports worldwide.

26
Jun

Officials want sanctions on erring airline firms

Source: Francis Allan L. Angelo | BusinessWorld Online

ILOILO CITY -- Economic and political leaders here have called on regulators to penalize airlines that cancel or delay flights due to lack of passengers.

26
Jun

Cebu Pacific cuts surcharge

Source: BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific has begun to slash fuel surcharge fees for its domestic flights due to a drop in global fuel prices.

26
Jun

NAIA Decongestion To Benefit Airports In Western Visayas – DOT 6

Source: Tara Yap | Manila Bulletin

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo — Airports in Western Visayas will most likely see the accommodation of more by flights by 2013 with the decongestion of flights being considered by the Department of Transportaiton and Communicaitons (DOTC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.

26
Jun

New Las Vegas Airport Terminal Aims To Generate More Traffic

Source: KEN RITTER/The Associated Press | Manila Bulletin

LAS VEGAS (AP) – With the arrival of an overnight flight from London this week, Las Vegas will mark the opening of a $2.4 billion airport terminal that officials say could help lift the southern Nevada economy from the depths of the Great Recession.

26
Jun

Malaysian Airline Delays Profit Target

Source: Manila Bulletin

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Loss-making national carrier Malaysian Airline System Bhd has delayed its return-to-profit target by one year, from 2013 to 2014, following a failed tie-up with rival budget carrier Air-Asia Bhd.

25
Jun

CAB ices refund, overbooking rules

Source: malaya.com.ph

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has decided to defer the implementation of two orders on airline ticket refunds and overbooking, as the resolutions will be covered by the Passengers Bill of Rights which is expected to be released next month.

19
Jun

Air Canada makes its first biofuel flight

Source: AFP via France24.com

air-canadaAFP - Air Canada's first-ever flight using biofuels headed from Toronto to Mexico City Monday, in an effort to showcase the aviation industry's global commitment to greener transportation.

19
Jun

Budget carriers air interest in mounting flights to Burma

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THREE LOCAL budget carriers have aired their interest in seat allocations for Myanmar after regulators last week announced the formerly reclusive country wants to negotiate air rights with the Philippines.

18
Jun

DOTC seeks bidders for airport projects

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking for firms interested in the development of seven provincial airports worth over P300 million.

18
Jun

Don't kill budget air model

Source: DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star)

SINGAPORE – Landed at the Lion City late last week. My wife and I are visiting my son who works here. We missed him when he went to Manila for the ADB conference because we were with the CCF Holy Land Tour. This is the first time I have disembarked at the Budget Terminal.

18
Jun

Passenger Traffic Shows Steady Growth

Source: Manila Bulletin

Passenger traffic in the AsiaPacific region continued to show a steady growth in April 2012.

18
Jun

Taiwan's China Airlines plans to buy 10 aircraft

Source: AFP via Yahoo News

Taiwan's leading carrier China Airlines plans to buy up to 10 fuel-efficient passenger aircraft at a price of several billion dollars, according to the company and media.

14
Jun

Zest Air eyes more international flights

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Zest Airways Inc. is planning to launch more international flights this year as it seeks to increase the number of its passengers and revenues, an official said.

14
Jun

AirAsia readies flights to Hong Kong, Macau

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier AirAsia Inc., the country’s newest airline, will launch its second and third international routes next month as it adds more flights to its hub in Clark Freeport, Pampanga.

14
Jun

SEAIR expands online cash payment service nationwide

Source: INQUIRER.net

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has announced its partnership with Global Pinoy Remittance and Services (GPRS) to offer more payment options for Philippine travelers. This follows the success of CashPay, a payment facility for online booking transactions for domestic and international flights, which was launched earlier this year.

14
Jun

Delta seeks surcharge hike despite oil price drop

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

AMERICAN CARRIER Delta Air Lines, Inc. has asked regulators for permission to hike its fuel surcharge, joining other foreign carriers which earlier sought approval for additional fees even as world fuel prices have fallen.

14
Jun

Air service talks eyed with Burma

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

THE PHILIPPINES is preparing for air service talks with Myanmar, possibly as early as next month, as that formerly reclusive Southeast Asian state’s apparent openness to reforms has prompted some Western economies to lift sanctions, officials said yesterday.

13
Jun

DOT backs proposal for fewer int'l flights

Source: Mayen Jaymalin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) has given its full backing to proposals to reduce flights and decongest the country’s international airport.

13
Jun

Airphil Express launches 2 int'l routes

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - As part of its continuing expansion this year, Airphil Express, the fastest growing budget carrier in the country today, has added two new regional routes that would take its passengers from Clark to Singapore (and vice versa) and Clark to Hong Kong (and vice versa).

13
Jun

Etihad to launch flights to Ethiopia

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways will add the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to its rapidly growing network in November 2012.

13
Jun

Air Passenger Traffic Shows Resiliency

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- Passenger traffic continues to show resilience in the face of on-going concerns about recessions in many major European economies.

13
Jun

United Joins Delta Air On $100 Europe Second-Bag Fee

Source: Heather Perlberg | Bloomberg via mb.com.ph

CHICAGO, Illinois --- United Continental Holdings Inc., the world’s largest carrier, raised its fee to check a second bag on trans-Atlantic flights to $100 after a similar January increase by Delta Air Lines Inc.

13
Jun

India's Aviation Industry Hits Turbulence

Source: Sunrita Sen/Deutsche Presse-Agentur thru mb.com.ph

NEW DELHI (dpa) – Passengers are unhappy with cancellations and high fares, airlines are grappling with a cash crunch and struggling to stay afloat. India's aviation industry, ready to soar less than a decade ago, now looks poised for a hard landing.

13
Jun

DOT, CEB Seek More Korean Tourist Arrivals With Yeosu Expo

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB) has partnered with the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the ongoing Yeosu Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, which runs until August 12, 2012.

13
Jun

8 Weeks Needed To Repair A380 Wing Cracks, Airbus Says

Source: Manila Bulletin

PARIS (AFP) – Repairing tiny cracks in the wings of Airbus's flagship A380 superjumbo will take eight weeks for each aircraft if the work is done in one go, aviation magazine FlightGlobal reported.

13
Jun

SEAir to serve more passengers after Tiger Airways buy-in

Source: BusinessWorld Online

SOUTH EAST Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) expects to more than double its passenger volume this year as it plans to offer new routes following the entry of a foreign investor, an official said.

11
Jun

Airlines appeal CAB rulings on overbooking, refunds

Source: Paolo Luis Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The country’s budget carriers have asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to reverse its recent move to tighten rules on overbooking of flights and ticket refunds, claiming that such restrictions would lead to higher fares for consumers.

11
Jun

Global Airline Industry Profitability Remains Under Pressure From Oil Cost

Source: Manila Bulletin

The profitability of the global airline industry will remain under pressure amid high oil prices, a senior executive at the International Air Transport Association said, highlighting the challenges facing the industry as the European debt crisis continues and global economic growth falters.

11
Jun

Gov’t Urged To Complement Tourism Slogan With More Philippine Access

Source: Malou M. Mozo | Manila Bulletin

CEBU CITY, Cebu — Merely adopting an attractive tourism slogan such as the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s "It's more fun in the Philippines," is not enough, says former Department of Tourism director for Central Visayas, Patricia Aurora Roa.

11
Jun

Aegis Chosen By AirAsia As Its Contact Center Partner Here

Source: Manila Bulletin

Aegis, a global business services and experience management company, recently partnered with Philippines' AirAsia, to provide a worldclass customer service program in the country. Philippines' AirAsia, the country's newest low-cost carrier, chose Aegis as its primary contact center to handle customer care transactions such as ticket sales, reservations, Internet booking assistance, booking changes, product inquiries, and flight and travel information. The program went live on February 24, 2012 with Aegis agents taking calls for AirAsia for the first time.

11
Jun

Boracay tourist arrivals up despite China cancellations

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

ILOILO CITY—Cancellations of tourist bookings from China have failed to make a dent on tourist arrivals on Boracay Island for the first half of the year, data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed.

08
Jun

Latvian airline launches world-first flight buddies

Source: AFP thru BusinessWorld Online

RIGA -- Getting trapped in a boring conversation with a fellow passenger aboard a plane could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a world-first flight buddy system developed by Latvia’s national airline.

08
Jun

Regulator bans overbooking of flights; Cebu Pacific complains

Source: AFP thru manilatimes.net

The Philippines’ aviation regulator announced on Wednesday a ban on local airlines overbooking flights, following an outcry from would-be passengers who had been denied seats.

08
Jun

Airphil Launching 3rd Regional Route

Source: Manila Bulletin

Airphil Express is launching a third regional route to Malaysia this month as part of its continuing expansion this year.

08
Jun

CEB Signs $280-M Rolls-Royce Contract

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) formally signed a $280 Million contract with Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, which will provide long-term TotalCare® service support for the Trent 700 engines of its eight Airbus A330 aircraft.

08
Jun

SEAir expands to 7 cities, offers seat sale

Source: INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) has announced its expansion of domestic operations to seven cities nationwide.

08
Jun

Is there such a thing as "airplane headache"?

Source: Amy Norton | reuters.com

(Reuters Health) - Flying is a headache for most people, but for some that figure of speech becomes literal, according to researchers.

07
Jun

CAB suspends refund rebooking restrictions

Source: Itchie G. Cabayan | journal.com.ph

A NEW order suspending the restrictions on the refundability and rebookability of low-cost air fares was issued by the Civil Aeronautics Board  (CAB),  the government agency mandated to regulate the economic aspect of air transportation in the country.

07
Jun

New CAB Rules To Increase Cost Of Budget Airline Operations

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) wants state regulators to scrap resolutions that will increase the cost of airline operations, forcing local carriers to raise their fares and stop offering promotions.

07
Jun

CAB rules to trigger airfare hike

Source: BusinessMirror

New aviation policies set to take effect next week may prompt Cebu Pacific (CEB) to raise fares by at least 10 percent.

07
Jun

Tiger Airways completes 40% acquisition of SEAir

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. has completed the acquisition of a 40-percent stake in local carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) Inc.

07
Jun

NAIA Expressway deal next PPP to be rolled out

Source: BusinessWorld Online

ANOTHER public-private partnership (PPP) project could be rolled out this month, the agency overseeing the Aquino administration’s centerpiece infrastructure program yesterday said.

07
Jun

AirAsia Set To Launch Japan Domestic Routes Starting Aug. 1

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

AirAsia Japan, the newest lowcost carrier (LCC) based in Narita International Airport, is set to launch operations on domestic routes with daily flights to Fukuoka, Okinawa and Sapporo starting August 1, 2012.

06
Jun

P-Noy should bring up FAA upgrade

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

When P-Noy visits the White House and talks to President Obama, he should bring up the FAA upgrade. It is not just a technical/safety issue but also a political one. A little push from Mr. Obama and perhaps we will not be pushed around by the FAA bureaucrats, at the very least.

06
Jun

Cebu Pacific retains slot as 15th largest budget earner

Source: Mary Ann Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific (CEB) retained its ranking in Airline Business Magazine’s list of the world’s top 75 low-cost carriers (LCC) based on 2011 passenger numbers, coming in at 15th place, the same rank in 2010.

06
Jun

Qantas forecasts huge fall in full-year profit

Source: afp.com

SYDNEY (AFP)

qantas-chief-executive-alan-joyceAustralian flag carrier Qantas warned Tuesday its full-year profit could dive by up to 90 percent on the back of steep losses in its international arm, sending its share price plunging to all-time lows.

06
Jun

Cebu Pacific hits back at new rules

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific yesterday warned it would stop offering its popular discounted fares and thus cripple the government’s tourism marketing under the Civil Aeronautics Board’s (CAB) tighter rules for overbooking and passenger refunds.

06
Jun

Etihad Launches New TV Commercial

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways premiered on June 1, 2012 a brand-new television commercial and supporting digital media campaign to a global audience.

06
Jun

FedEx to retire 24 more planes, take $84 million charge

Source: reuters.com

fedex(Reuters) - FedEx Corp (FDX.N) said it will retire from service an additional 24 aircraft and take a related charge of $84 million, or 26 cents per share, in the current quarter.

05
Jun

14 domestic airports to get night landing facilities

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Airline Operations Council (AOC) yesterday welcomed the reported plan of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas to fast track the installation of night landing facilities in 14 domestic airports in the country.

05
Jun

Removal of ‘discriminatory’ taxes seen to boost PH tourism

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

More airlines from around the world are expected to consider the Philippines as a more attractive destination with the removal of “discriminatory” taxes on foreign carriers.

05
Jun

Nigerian airplane crashes, killing all 153 onboard

Source: BusinessMirror

nigerian-airplane-crashedLAGOS, Nigeria—A commercial airliner crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria’s largest city, killing all 153 people onboard and others on the ground in the worst air disaster in nearly two decades for the troubled nation.

05
Jun

Metrojet to infuse $40M in Clark repair facility

ource: Reynaldo G. Navales | Sun Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga -- Hong Kong-based Metrojet Engineering Clark is expected to infuse $40 million to its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in a three-hectare area inside the Clark Aviation Complex.

05
Jun

Cebu Pacific defends title

Source: BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific claimed the 15th spot in a global ranking of 75 low-cost carriers (LCCs) for 2011, defending the position it bagged the year previous based on number of passengers served.

04
Jun

Zest Air launches direct flights to Shanghai with seat sale

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Traveling to Shanghai, China will now be a lot cheaper and more attractive as Zest Air launches its inaugural flight to the world’s largest city proper of over 23 million people this June with an introductory fare of as low as P1,488 (exclusive of applicable taxes, surcharges, and Philippine Travel Tax).

04
Jun

Airphil Offers School Opening Promo

Source: Manila Bulletin

Airphil Express, the country’s fastest-growing budget carrier, welcomes the start of the school year with its latest Express Sale promo that will allow students who had an extended summer vacation to travel back to their respective addresses in style.

04
Jun

Budget Airlines

Source: Floro L. Mercene | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- NOW that we have weaned away provincial travelers from boats to airplanes, it is time to take stock of new developments in the low-cost carrier (LCC) sector, and what to expect in case we are not aware of the fine print that justifies the rock-bottom prices of these airlines.

04
Jun

Metrojet lands in Clark

Source: business.inquirer.net

Never mind that more prestigious legacy airlines continue to prefer operating out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport rather than Clark.

01
Jun

Gov't to build elevated highway to NAIA

Source: Aurea Calica | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved for implementation phase 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway project and the National Sewerage and Septage Management Program that are worth more than P42 billion, Malacañang announced yesterday.

01
Jun

New CAB rule to hurt budget airlines—Air Asia exec

Source: Paolo Luis Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Air Asia Inc., the country’s newest carrier, said the government would kill the “goose that lays the golden eggs” with a new rule that forces companies to accommodate late passengers or “no-shows.”

01
Jun

Palace endorsement sought on bill scrapping carrier tax

Source: BusinessWorld Online

PRESIDENTIAL CERTIFICATION has been sought to hasten the approval of a bill seeking to lift a tax imposed on foreign airlines.

01
Jun

Philippine Airlines pays debt

Source: Tina G. Santos | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the country’s regulatory body for civil aviation, welcomed the move by flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to settle its P283-million outstanding accounts with the authority, saying that the money would be used to improve and upgrade its infrastructure.

01
Jun

Passenger Demand Up 6.1%, Cargo 4.2% Down In April ­IATA

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Despite continuing economic weakness in some parts of the world, demand for air travel continued to grow last month, with global passenger demand rising 6.1% while freight demand went down 4.2% versus April 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

01
Jun

AirAsia prepares to penetrate travel agencies

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

201205312453eAIRASIA, Inc., the operator of AirAsia Philippines, aims to increase sales among passengers that usually book through travel agencies, a segment which the airline claims is not fully penetrated by budget carriers.

01
Jun

Qantas dismisses Emirates buy-in talk

Source: france24.com

photo 1338443982551-1-0AFP - Qantas Airways chief Alan Joyce on Thursday dismissed reports that it was considering selling a stake to Dubai airline Emirates.

01
Jun

Big expansion planned for overcrowded Bangkok airport

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) is to spend about $1.9 billion over the next five years to expand capacity at Bangkok's overcrowded Suvarnabhumi airport by a third, its president said on Wednesday.