29
Sep

PAL, gov’t in talks to settle arrears

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is in talks with the Duterte administration to resolve a long-running issue regarding alleged unsettled navigational fees and other charges amounting to over P7 billion.

29
Sep

Gov’t threatens action vs PAL over billions in unpaid fees

BusinessWorld Online

THE Duterte administration is going after Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) over P7.3 billion in alleged unpaid fees, as President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to cut off the flag carrier’s access to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

27
Sep

Terminal Fee of domestic airports to be merged into Cebu Pacific ticket price

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), has integrated the Domestic Passenger Service Charge (DPSC), more commonly known as the “Terminal Fee” into the cost of its tickets for all domestic flights operating out of airports managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The integration of the terminal fee DPSC across all booking systems of Cebu Pacific took effect last September 15, 2017.

27
Sep

SEC clears PAL’s equity restructuring

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL) has secured the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to decrease its capital stock, a move that would allow the flag carrier to attract new investors.

27
Sep

PAL restructuring approved

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. has obtained regulatory approval to restructure its equity—a development that it expects will make it more attractive to investors.

25
Sep

PAL trims flights to Auckland

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is reducing flights on the Manila-Cairns-Auckland route amid a cut in fuel supply at the Auckland airport in New Zealand.

25
Sep

Seniors, PWDs get 20% discount on CebuPac

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) can now enjoy a 20-percent discount on top of the 12-percent value-added tax (VAT) exemption on airfare on Cebu Pacific’s domestic flights across all booking systems.

25
Sep

Mactan airport operator aims to double number of airlines

By Arra B. Francia | BusinessWorld Online

DIVERSIFIED engineering conglomerate Megawide Construction Corp. expects to double the number of airlines flying in and out of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in a span of less than three years, as it concludes construction for the airport’s second terminal in June 2018.

22
Sep

Cebu Pacific grabs 44% of Manila-Sydney market

BusinessWorld Onlilne

CEBU PACIFIC on Thursday said it dominated the passenger market for Manila-Sydney flights during the first five months of the year.

20
Sep

Philippines AirAsia to fly to Ho Chi Minh in Nov.

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. is set to mount direct flights from Manila to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, in November.

19
Sep

DOTr, SMC in talks on Bulacan airport plan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation is in ongoing talks with conglomerate San Miguel Corp. for the latter’s proposed “aerotropolis” in Bulacan province, keeping alive the possibility for a new international airport to eventually replace Manila’s congested gateway.

18
Sep

Cebu Pacific ramps up ‘Change for Good’ partnership with UNICEF

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Leading budget airline Cebu Pacific re-affirms its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as donations collected through the company’s Change for Good initiative were used to implement health and nutrition development projects in rural communities in Northern Samar, Zamboanga, and Maguindanao.

15
Sep

Emirates Airline pushes for new round of air talks

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines —  Emirates Airline is pushing for another round of air talks between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Philippines as it wants to add more flights to the country as existing services are now at full capacity.

15
Sep

Scoot keen on adding more flights to Manila

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET AIRLINE Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is interested in adding flights to and from the Philippines, but cited constraints in aviation facilities.

13
Sep

Tycoon Tan Says Philippine Air Profit Comes Before Stake Sale

By Cecilia Yap | Bloomberg

Billionaire Lucio Tan said he plans to return his group’s Philippine Airlines Inc. to profit before selling a stake, two weeks after the carrier’s president said talks with a strategic investor were likely to produce a deal by the end of this year.

11
Sep

AirAsia to expand to Davao in 6 months

By Catherine Talavera | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines —  Low-cost carrier AirAsia is planning to begin its expansion plans in the Philippines within the next six months, a top official said.

11
Sep

AirAsia PH unit’s planned IPO postponed to 2018

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Philippines Air Asia’s plan to go public this year was pushed back to 2018.

07
Sep

CEB urges tax-exempt air and sea travel in BIMP-EAGA

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) is asking the government to extend the tax exemption for all air and sea travel from the Philippines to any destination within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

07
Sep

PAL sets equity restructuring

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is moving forward with an equity restructuring scheme that would allow the flag carrier to wipe out an old deficit and clear the way for the entry of an investor group.

05
Sep

Cagayan North Int’l Airport to launch Macau flights

BusinessWorld Online

THE Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) said it will inaugurate late this year the first international flights from the Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA).

05
Sep

2 airlines eye flights to new Bohol airport

By Dave S. Albarado | Manila Bulletin

Tagbilaran City – Two airline companies are interested in making Bohol an international hub once the new Bohol airport opens next year.

05
Sep

Finance dep’t looking for sweet spot between tourism, higher take from airport terminal and landing fees

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez | BusinessWorld Online

THE Finance department is studying proposals to restructure airport fees in order to raise revenue collection while also helping encourage tourism.

04
Sep

PAL eyes 20 M passengers by 2021

By Catherine Talavera (Associated Press)

MANILA, Philippines -  Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is targeting to fly 20 million passengers by 2021, in its bid to join the ranks of five-star carriers.

04
Sep

Eager for new hub, PAL preps new fleet

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is moving forward with new plane acquisitions and destinations as it seeks to bolster its volume to about 20 million passengers by 2021.

30
Sep

Air transport sector at climate juncture as ICAO meet opens

Associated Press (AP)

Montreal – After years of delays and failures, the airline industry began on Wednesday complex negotiations to implement a scheme to reduce its carbon footprint.

30
Sep

PAL mulls over flights between Manila, Clark

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

For those traveling north of Metro Manila, Philippine Airlines is proposing a new solution to avoid road congestion in the capital district: just take the plane.

30
Sep

PAL, Easytrip ink partnership

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Easytrip Services Corp. (ESC) have forged a partnership to allow Easytrip subscribers to earn miles that could be converted to domestic or international flights each time they pay toll.

30
Sep

PAL faces increasing competition in Southeast Asia-US market

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines’ (PAL) plans to further grow its share of the Southeast Asia-US market are facing challenges, as North Asian airlines continue to expand and low-cost carriers (LCC) such as Cebu Pacific and Malaysia’s AirAsia X look to launch flights to the continental US, according to a recent report by the CAPA-Center for Aviation.

30
Sep

Xiamen Airlines tests Davao market

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Some 80 Chinese businessmen arrived here Wednesday evening on board the initial direct flight served by Xiamen Airlines (XiamenAir) between its base in Xiamen, China and Davao City.

29
Sep

Airlines Support ICAO on Cusp of Historic Emissions Agreement

IATA

Montreal - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to agree a global market-based measure to help the aviation industry manage its carbon footprint.

29
Sep

SMC, Ayala keen on bidding for NAIA upkeep

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Two of the country’s biggest conglomerates San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Ayala Corp. are interested to bid for the upgrade, operations and maintenance contract for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

26
Sep

PAL upbeat on Manila-Auckland route

By Zinnia Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — With New Zealand’s tourism industry enjoying exceptional growth, Asia’s oldest carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is upbeat about the sustainable success of its Manila-Auckland route as it sees average passenger load factor growing to 80 percent by the end of the year.

22
Sep

NAIA Expressway opens today

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – A portion of the new Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway will be open to motorists starting today.

22
Sep

Saudi plane false hijack alarm probed

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is investigating the false hijacking of a Saudi Arabian plane prior to its landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday afternoon.

22
Sep

‘No need for emergency powers’

By Jovic Yee | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando expressed concern that the possible grant of emergency powers to President Duterte to solve the traffic crisis in Metro Manila may overstep on one of the judiciary’s key functions.

22
Sep

Oops! Pilots sent wrong distress code

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Two pilots of Saudi Airlines on a Boeing 777 flight from Mecca were involved in sending a distress signal that triggered a hijacking scare at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Tuesday afternoon.

21
Sep

NAIA: Saudi plane hijack false alarm

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – A Saudi Arabian plane carrying 431 passengers was placed in isolation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 yesterday afternoon after the pilot activated by mistake a distress signal, which alerted air traffic controllers that the aircraft was under threat.

21
Sep

Gov’t still pursuing new int’l gateway plan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A brand new international airport to serve Metro Manila is still in the cards, with the construction of a new facility likely to begin during the term of the Duterte administration, a government official said Tuesday.

15
Sep

Frequent flight diversion discussed in budget hearing

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV”’  Ejercito disclosed yesterday that the frequent flight diversions to other airports is caused by a runway Instrument Landing System (ILS) which was damaged in July last year.

15
Sep

Clear provincial runways of livestock, CAAP told

By Marvin Sy and Paolo Romero | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Cows, buffaloes or carabao, a condominium and what have you – aviation officials cited various problems hampering smooth travel by air in the country.

15
Sep

Cebu Pacific to increase Clark flights

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific is planning to expand its operations in the Clark International Airport starting December.

14
Sep

In-flight broadband advances with deal to provide satellite connections

The Wall Street Journal

Europe’s largest satellite-services provider and the region’s leading aircraft-electronics maker are teaming up to offer enhanced broadband-via-satellite connections to airline passengers.

14
Sep

Global airport traffic up 6.4 percent in 2015, fastest rate since 2010

By Allison Lampert | Reuters

Global airport traffic grew at its fastest rate last year since 2010, rising 6.4 percent to 7.2 billion passengers, according to data published on Friday by an international trade association representing airports.

14
Sep

6 hurt as turbulence hits PAL plane

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Six persons were injured when a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Los Angeles, California carrying some 248 passengers was hit by clear air turbulence at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday morning.

14
Sep

PLDT-Smart to launch free Wi-Fi at NAIA

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Passengers will soon experience uninterrupted Internet connection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), an official said yesterday.

13
Sep

Carriers ban use of Samsung Note 7 on flights

By Rudy Santos | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Local carriers banned yesterday the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cellular phones during flights, following the lead of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against packing the phones into any checked-in luggage after reports emerged of the device exploding during or after charging.

13
Sep

Philippine Airlines, AirAsia ban use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) and AirAsia have joined the growing number of airlines that have banned the usage and charging of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all its flights, following the South Korean tech giant’s recall of units over faulty batteries that have caught fire or exploded.

09
Sep

Traffic is for real

By Boo Chanco | Philippine Star

The Metro Manilan’s attitude towards traffic is “a state of mind that adds to the problem of traffic,” according to the man we look up to for salvation from this daily scourge. Looks like this Cabinet member must also learn to choose his words well, an advice his boss has yet to follow.

06
Sep

PAL eyes flights from Clark

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) wants to start overseas flights from Clark International Airport in Pampanga province within the year, starting with daily flights to Incheon in South Korea, company president Jaime Bautista said Monday.

06
Sep

PAL looking to open Clark-Incheon route

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is looking to open a new route from Clark, Pampanga to Incheon in South Korea, as the flag carrier shifts some of its flights to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila’s main international gateway.

05
Sep

Revival of Subic Airport eyed

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government is looking to revive the Subic Airport to ease congestion in the country’s main international gateway.

05
Sep

PAL Express gets new A321

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The sister firm of national carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is adding an aircraft to its fleet after taking delivery of an Airbus A321 to be utilized for domestic flights.

05
Sep

Cebu Pacific passenger volume up

Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, saw passenger volume in the first seven months of 2016 jump close to 8 percent.

02
Sep

PAL cuts daily flights

By Ariel Fernandez | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines on Thursday implemented a new schedule for some of its domestic flights to help ease the air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

01
Oct

PAL expects return to profit in Q3

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PAL Holdings Inc., the parent firm of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), expects a positive financial results in the third quarter, citing the performance in the months of July and August.

01
Oct

PAL likely to post profit in Q3

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) of tycoon Lucio C. Tan likely turned in a profit in the third quarter of the year on lower fuel costs and higher passenger volumes, a company official said yesterday.

01
Oct

Cebu Pacific takes delivery of brand-new Airbus A320

Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB), took delivery of one brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft recently is the 4th A320 that the airline has received this year.

30
Sep

House panel OKs Air Passengers’ Bill Of Rights

By Paolo Romero | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The House committee on transportation approved yesterday the proposed “Airline Passenger Bill of Rights,” which seeks to provide relief and compensation for victims of delayed and cancelled flights.

30
Sep

House committee approves bill on air passengers’ rights

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez | BusinessWorld Online

A PROPOSED LAW giving some relief to air travelers experiencing flight delays has been approved by a House of Representatives panel despite reservations from airline firms on the bill.

30
Sep

Bicol lawmakers assail DOTC plan to delay int’l airport

By Gil Cabacungan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Bicol lawmakers are up in arms over the plan of the Department of Transportation and Communications to delay the completion of the Bicol International Airport project for up to three years.

29
Sep

NAIA passenger volume to top 35 M

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Passenger volume at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is expected to breach 35 million this year, already exceeding the overall design capacity of the four passenger terminal buildings (PTBs).

28
Sep

An airline going from good to great

By Andrew James Masigan | Manila Bulletin

Aside from Philippine Airlines in whom I am loyal to for patriotic reasons, Qatar Airways (QR) is my carrier of choice. I have admired this company from afar, not only for its impeccable product offerings, but more so for its business strategy. Its achievements under the baton of its CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has been nothing short of spectacular. From a nondescript regional airline back in 1997, QR has grown to become the 12th largest airline in the world having flown 27.9 million passengers last year. It continues to top quality surveys including the industry benchmark, Skytrax Rating System. QR is Skytrax’ “Airline of the Year” for 2015, its third time to be given the accolade after having won it in 2011 and 2012. QR’s success story makes a worthy case study for any business school.

28
Sep

CebuPac sees better Q3 figure

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) expects to have better third quarter financial results this year.

28
Sep

Air Asia Zest brand to be phased out

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Think tank Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) sees low cost carrier Philippines AirAsia entering a new phase next year as unit AirAsia Zest, is set to retire by the end of the year.

28
Sep

Taiwan budget airline eyes PH flights

Philippine Daily Inquirer

A START-UP budget airline based in Taiwan is eyeing flights to the Philippines via Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a government official said last week.

28
Sep

Cebu Pacific plans flights to Honolulu

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, is finally arriving in the United States and could mount flights to Honolulu by early 2016 once its bags the necessary permits, according to its top official.

28
Sep

DHL Express to hike prices by 4.9%

BusinessWorld Online

LOGISTICS firm DHL Express, a unit of Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL Group, will implement a price increase next year to raise funds to boost its international operations.

28
Sep

Cebu Pacific targets Honolulu flight by early 2016: Gokongwei

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET carrier Cebu Air, Inc. is looking to penetrate the US market by early 2016 through a direct flight to Honolulu, a top official said.

23
Sep

Cebu Pacific-Tigerair strategic alliance OK’d

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc. -- operator of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo -- yesterday said Singapore’s competition regulator approved its strategic alliance with Tigerair, allowing the two budget airlines to leverage on each other’s networks.

23
Sep

Singapore greenlights CEB-Tiger air alliance

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has given the green light to the strategic alliance agreement between low cost carriers Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways Holdings (Tigerair).

22
Sep

SMC proposes P57B NAIA expansion project

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

While its proposal to build a new airport seems to be stuck in the doldrums, diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation has hatched a new proposal to build a new runway and terminal at the existing Ninoy Aquino International Airport at a cost of P57 billion.

22
Sep

Airport authority vows few delays during Apec

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) on Monday pledged to reduce flight changes and delays during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in November.

22
Sep

San Miguel readies P50-B airport upgrade offer for next administration

By Krista A. M. Montealegre | BusinessWorld Online

DIVERSIFIED CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp. (SMC) will offer to build -- for P50 billion -- a third runway and a new low-cost terminal aimed at decongesting the aging Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a top company official said yesterday.

15
Sep

PAL cautiously optimistic

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Philippine Airlines has reportedly posted a net income of about P740 million for August, making the prospects very encouraging for the country’s flag carrier. According to PAL president and CEO Jimmy Bautista, the company is expected to top the $100 million target net income for the whole of 2015, with the company having posted a $138-million net income from January to July this year. However, PAL is not about to be complacent since there could still be lean months ahead, plus the fact it has to take in stock two consecutive years of losses.

15
Sep

Use Clark to absorb congestion at NAIA

By Federico D. Pascual Jr. | The Philippine Star

ONE CRITICAL aspect of the traffic congestion choking the national capital is the inefficient movement of people and cargo through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals. The resulting damage to individual, business and national interests is incalculable.

15
Sep

Robust passenger demand continues for 7th month – IATA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global passenger traffic results for both domestic and international traffic this July showed robust demand growth compared to the same period last year, boosted by the timing of Ramadan.

14
Sep

Cebu Air passenger volume up 11.2% in July

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU Air, Inc., the listed operator of Cebu Pacific Air and Cebgo, grew its passenger volume for July by an annual 11.2%, bringing it closer to its full-year target.

14
Sep

Asia Pacific emerging as main hub for low-cost travel

The Philippine Star

The Asia-Pacific region is becoming a melting pot for low cost airports and terminals as low cost carriers (LCCs) show high level of growth, the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) said.

11
Sep

Cebu Air to launch more flights to Japan, Taiwan

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc. will mount direct international flights to Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore by yearend, using its new Airbus A320 planes.

10
Sep

Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato airport works up for auction

BusinessWorld Online

THE TRANSPORTATION department is putting up for auction two regional airport development projects in the southern Philippines worth a combined P163.45 million.

09
Sep

PAL plane turns back to NAIA after tire gets detached

By Jeannette I. Andrade| Pilippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — A Masbate-bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express aircraft was forced Tuesday morning to turn back to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after one of its tires got detached on takeoff.

09
Sep

P15.3-B Clark Airport expansion to boost flights, business, tourism

By Franco G. Regala | Manila Bulletin

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) is optimistic that the newly approved expansion project at the Clark International Airport (CRK) will help increase flights, improve business and boost tourism in Central Luzon.

08
Sep

SkyJet is official Travel Mart airline

Manila Bulletin

The country’s first boutique airline, SkyJet Airlines, has been named the official domestic Airline of Philippine Travel Mart for 2015. Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) announced it during the opening of Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) at SMX, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

08
Sep

Global passenger traffic posts 8% growth in July

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Global passenger traffic at the world’s major airports rose by almost 8.0% year over year for the month of July while international and domestic traffic posted growth rates of 7.7% and 8.2% respectively, according to the Airport Council International (ACI).

08
Sep

Palace OKs release of P1.2 B for new Clark airport terminal

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines – A new French-designed modern airport passenger terminal will rise at Clark International Airport after Malacañang approved the release of the needed P1.2 billion for the project last Friday.

08
Sep

Southeast Asian airlines back in the black on falling oil, but overcapacity clouds profit outlook -- CAPA

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

SOUTHEAST Asia’s airline industry swung to profit in the first half of 2015 to reverse last year’s losses, but clouding the outlook are signs of “overcapacity” with most budget carriers including those in the Philippines having a huge order book, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in its latest report.

07
Sep

Improved Philippine airports to ease Asean integration, says tourism body

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Enhancing connectivity through improving the main gateways to the Philippines is a key factor in making the country’s seamless integration with the rest of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the ASEAN Tourism Association said.

07
Sep

NEDA approval on location of new international airport seen only by 2016

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) expects to get the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on the location of the country’s new international airport before the end of President Aquino’s term.

07
Sep

DOTC eyes Aquino nod on location of new airport in Sangley Point

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is aiming to get the country’s main economic planning body to approve the location of a new international airport serving Metro Manila within the term of President Aquino, a senior government official said.

07
Sep

P1.3B face-lift of oldest PH airport terminal 99.5% complete

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The makeover of the over three-decade-old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 is nearly complete with the contractor for the project just applying finishing touches to the facility.

07
Sep

PAL maxes out flight frequencies to Haneda

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines, Inc. (PAL) said it will use by next month all its flight entitlements to Japan’s Haneda Airport, after its rival Cebu Air, Inc. moved to acquire the unused ones.

04
Sep

Gov’t urged to include PH carriers as members of air packs negotiators

Manila Bulletin

The Save Our Skies (SOS) has urged the Aquino government to reinstate Philippine carriers as members of air negotiating panels, pointing out that their present role as observers makes no sense and is absurd.

04
Sep

8 airport projects up for bidding by end-Sept.

BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT has set the bidding date for eight regional airport projects, worth a cumulative P241.23 million, by the end of September.

03
Sep

Asia-Pacific airlines post 6.5% traffic growth in July

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Asia-Pacific airlines have posted robust growth in passenger traffic in July 2015, while air cargo demand has weakened, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

03
Sep

More foreign direct flights to Cebu expected in 2015

By Madelaine B. Miraflor | Manila Bulletin

Cebu City—The government expects more foreign direct flights to Cebu this year, citing that it has talks with an European airline to come into the province, a Department of Tourism (DOT) official said.

02
Sep

Etihad raising $500 M for its fleet expansion

Bloomberg

Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi state-owned carrier, is seeking to raise as much as $500 million for fleet expansion, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

01
Oct

Lawmaker wants rights of airline passengers strengthened

The Philippine Star

roman-romuloMANILA, Philippines – Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo seeks to strengthen the rights of airline passengers and impose liabilities on airlines following unreasonable denial of boarding, loss or damage of baggage, delays or cancellation of flights and injuries or death.

01
Oct

PAL flying to New York starting March 15

By Gayle | Manila Bulletin

Lucio-TanFlag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is resuming its operations at the United States east coast with its New York City flight scheduled to begin on March 15, 2015.

30
Sep

Gov’t defers action on terminal fee

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has deferred by a month the implementation of the integration of terminal fee into the cost of airline ticket to reduce queuing time at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

30
Sep

AirAsia Zest offers ‘fly-thru’ service from Manila to 22 new destinations

Manila Bulletin

AirAsia Zest, the low cost carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for six consecutive years, today started offering “Fly-Thru” service from Manila to 22 new destinations in India, Brunei, Jeddah and to popular tourist spots such as Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Penang, Siem Reap, Bali, Yangon and more!

30
Sep

Turkish Airlines seeks Philippine permit to operate

BusinessWorld Online

TURKISH Airlines, Inc. has sought Philippine regulatory approval to operate scheduled commercial air services, according to a filing dated Sept. 26 to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

29
Sep

Cebu Pacific launches more flights to 3 major Visayan destinations

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is set to launch more flights to the cities of Cebu, Roxas and Bacolod in the Visayas from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting next month to cope with higher passenger volume expected in the fourth quarter.

29
Sep

Cebu to include terminal fee in int’l airline tickets

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU CITY -- International passengers leaving through the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will soon find the passenger service charge or terminal fee integrated in their airline ticket costs.
Nigel Paul C. Villarete, MCIA general manager, said there have been talks between the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) and concessionaire GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp., which is set to take over terminal operations and management on Nov. 1.

26
Sep

CAAP issues ash warning as gov assures traveling still safe in Albay

Manila Bulletin

An Ashfall Notice to Airman or “ASHTAM” was issued yesterday by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in the vicinity of Mayon Volcano in Abay for the benefit of all commercial and private-owned aircraft.

26
Sep

Five airlines must face price-fixing claims, U.S. judge rules

By Brendan Pierson | Reuters

(Reuters) - Five international airlines must face a class-action lawsuit from passengers accusing them of fixing the prices of tickets on trans-Pacific flights, a U.S. judge has ruled.

23
Sep

Terminal fee inclusion in airline ticket cost starts Oct. 1

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The P550 terminal fee will be integrated into the airline ticket as scheduled on Oct. 1.

23
Sep

SMC lost money on PAL investment

Airline will need $2B from new partner
By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ramon-Ang-0923San Miguel Corp. did not make a profit on its investment in Philippine Airlines (PAL) despite having turned around the moribund flag carrier during the two years when the diversified conglomerate was running the firm.

23
Sep

Cebu Pacific Air gains from market consolidation

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has benefitted from the consolidation of the domestic aviation market as its competitors have reduced capacity, resulting in double digit improvements to yields and the return of rationality in a market which had suffered from an extended period of unsustainable fare wars, according to the Center for Asia Aviation (CAPA).

16
Sep

CebuPac, PAL among three most profitable airlines in SEAsia

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  Aviation think tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) reported that budget airline Cebu Pacific and national flag carrier Philippine Airlines emerged among the top three most profitable airlines in Southeast Asia, surviving the extremely challenging market conditions in the region.

16
Sep

Lucio Tan group retakes PAL’s helm

San Miguel’s 49% stake reacquired in $1-B deal
By Doris C. Dumlao, Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tycoon Lucio Tan on Monday officially reclaimed management control of flag carrier Philippine Airlines after executing the buyout of the 49-percent stake held by conglomerate San Miguel Corp.

16
Sep

Tan vows to build new PAL under his management

By Madelaine B. Miraflor | Manila Bulletin

Tycoon Lucio Tan is now geared to build a whole new Philippine Airlines after his $1-billion takeover of the 49 percent stake held by San Miguel Corporation that occurred merely a week ago, eyeing new destinations to sustain market share in the global aviation industry.

11
Sep

Qatar Airways offers hefty discounts for Clark flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Qatar Airways is offering hefty discounts to lure more passengers to fly to Doha via Clark International Airport.

11
Sep

AirAsia transfers 3 int’l flights to NAIA 3

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsia Inc., the Philippine unit of low cost carrier AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia, is set to transfer three of its five international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA3).

10
Sep

CAAP sets hefty fine on illegal drone use

Manila Bulletin

Drone and helicopter hobbyists, beware. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will begin slapping fines of up to P300,000 for the illegal use of unmanned aerial vehicles including remote controlled drones and helicopters.

10
Sep

7 days to pay $1B, Tan gets loan for PAL buyback

Manila Bulletin

Taipan Lucio Tan has arranged loans amounting to between $750 million to $800 million from four banks to fund the major part of the $1 billion he is paying San Miguel Corporation for the repurchase of a 49 percent stake in Philippine Airlines. He needs to pay the entire amount in 7 days (Sept. 15) under the agreement reached  with the seller.

10
Sep

Cebu Pacific to fly to Riyadh starting Oct. 1

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Budget airline Cebu Pacific will launch thrice weekly non-stop flights to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia starting Oct. 1, 2014. It will be the only low-cost carrier flying between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

10
Sep

SMC said to complete PAL sale within a week

BusinessWorld Online

CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp. (SMC) expects to complete the sale of its 49% stake in national flag carrier Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) to the group of Lucio C. Tan in a week’s time, after the two parties announced on Tuesday a conditional agreement governing the share purchase.

01
Oct

PAL in fleet buildup to serve growing Asia Pacific market

By Zinnia B. Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) is seen to capitalize on the increasing air passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific region with its ambitious fleet build-up  program, European plane maker Airbus said.

01
Oct

VietJetAir acquiring up to 100 new A320s

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Vietnam’s VietJetAir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for up to 92 A320 Family aircraft and will lease eight more from third party lessors. The agreement signed with Airbus today covers 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights for the A320 Family.

30
Sep

ICAO, WCO strengthen air cargo supply chain security

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have agreed to further streamline and strengthen air cargo supply chain security during the opening day of ICAO’s 38th assembly in Montreal, Canada on Monday.

30
Sep

PH airlines named among Asia’s ‘most aggressive’

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TOULOUSE, France—Philippine air carriers are among the most aggressive in Asia Pacific in terms of fleet expansion, as operators seek newer planes to serve increasing demand while bringing down costs, an official of France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. said Friday.

30
Sep

China Eastern Airlines opens new Manila service

Posted in Manila Bulletin

China Eastern Airlines is announcing the launch of its initial service in Manila to Asia, Americas, Canada and Europe from its hub in Shanghai.

30
Sep

Lion Air challenges AirAsia in ASEAN's robust budget travel mart

Reuters


Montreal (Reuters) - Indonesia's Lion Air is looking to fill ''thin'' routes with Bombardier Inc.'s C300 jets, as it challenges Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd in Southeast Asia's quick-growing market for budget travel.

30
Sep

IndiGo Sees 1,000 Plane-Fleet as Travel Surges: Corporate India

By Karthikeyan Sundaram | Bloomberg

IndiGo, India’s biggest domestic carrier by market share, plans to more than double its fleet in a decade as part of a goal to eventually become a 1,000-plane operator by tapping the nation’s rising travel demand.

30
Sep

Boeing Working to Fix 787 Glitches

By By Jon Ostrower and Kjetil Malkenes Hovland | The Wall Street Journal

Boeing Co. is facing continuing headwinds with the reliability of its 787 Dreamliner, sending a team to Norway to tackle the problems of one airline customer and managing the ire of another two suffering glitches that are still affecting the new jet.

27
Sep

Surcharge hike sought for domestic flights

By C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

palPHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) and sister low-cost carrier PAL Express have asked the Civil Aeronautics Board’s (CAB) permission to impose higher fuel surcharge for domestic routes, separate notices from the regulator showed.

27
Sep

PAL, CebuPac seek flight entitlements to Italy

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Rivals national flag carrier Philippines Airlines Inc. (PAL) and budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) are seeking permits from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to Italy.

27
Sep

BIR issues new rule on tax exemption of airlines

By Kathleen A. Martin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - International carriers may now apply for tax exemptions under Republic Act No. 10378, signed by President Benigno C. Aquino III on March 7.

27
Sep

S. Leyte to get commercial flights

By Sarwell Q. Meniano | BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- As projects to improve the Maasin Airport in Southern Leyte get underway, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) plans to introduce commercial flights to the province in the next three years.

27
Sep

Clark prepares to welcome first Emirates flight

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT,  Pampanga , Philippines  – Small Philippine flags will be waved, a rondalla will play festive native music, and fire trucks will train their hoses to form a watery welcoming arc as Emirate Airlines’ wide-bodied aircraft lands here at 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, carrying mostly overseas Filipino workers, for the first of its daily Dubai-Clark flights.

27
Sep

PAL bets on massive refleeting

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

TOULOUSE, France – Philippine Airlines is accepting delivery today of a brand new Airbus A330 at the sprawling Airbus factory in this southern France metropolis. The aircraft is part of a $9.5 billion order for 65 aircraft, the largest such purchase in Philippine aviation history. There are  45 A321s and 20 A330-300, for delivery between 2013 and 2019.

27
Sep

CEB grows OFW market by 22.4% in 5 years

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air, said it posted a 22.4% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2008 to 2012, for its passengers to and from three international destinations with a large concentration of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs): Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

27
Sep

Heathrow Airport welcomes PAL’s direct London flights

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Heathrow Airport has welcomed Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) plan to begin non-stop flights between Heathrow and Manila on Nov. 4, 2013, the first direct link between the UK and the Philippines in more than a decade.

26
Sep

Rules on tax breaks for foreign carriers OK’d

By Michelle V. Remo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Bureau of Internal Revenue has issued the implementing guidelines for the recently enacted law granting tax perks to foreign carriers.

26
Sep

Chinese launch seen for regional version of Airbus A330

By Tim Hepher | Reuters

(Reuters) - Airbus (EAD.PA) will launch a short-range "Regional" version of its best-selling A330 wide-bodied jet at an airshow in China on Wednesday, industry sources said.

26
Sep

EU demands aviation emission accord by 2016

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Brussels/Montreal (dpa) - The European Union (EU) beseeched the international community on Tuesday to hash out a deal on curbing airline emissions by 2016, setting the scene for challenging negotiations at a triennial United Nations aviation meeting.

26
Sep

PAL accepts first A330-300 aircraft

Posted in Manila Bulletin


Toulouse, France - Philippine Airlines September 25 ramped up its ongoing fleet modernization program as it took delivery of another wide-body aircraft - an A330-300 model-at the Airbus Delivery Center.

25
Sep

IATA sees AsPac airlines posting 16% profit growth

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Earnings of airlines in the Asia Pacific region including the Philippines is expected to grow 16 percent next year amid a slower growth this year on the back of rising aviation fuel prices due to the crisis in Syria as well as disappointing economic growth in emerging markets.

25
Sep

Carrier tax rules released

BusinessWorld Online

dhlTHE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued the implementing regulations for a law that grants tax breaks to international carriers.

25
Sep

Tiger Airways goes to Phuket, eyes Japan

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Tiger Airways Philippines recently began its Manila-Phuket service, initially flying to the popular Thai resort twice a week, the company said on Tuesday, while revealing that it is working on adding flights to Japan to its growing international network.

25
Sep

Air France Regional Bases Said to Face Cuts as Rivals Bite

By Andrea Rothman | Bloomberg

Air France-KLM Group is reviewing provincial bases in southern France created just a year ago as Europe’s biggest airline grapples with losses that caught it by surprise, two people familiar with the matter said.

24
Sep

Airbus receives 100 orders for A320neos from China

Reuters


Singapore (Reuters) – Airbus is getting closer to a firm order for the upgraded variant of its A320 aircraft in China after securing commitments for 100 of the re-engined, more fuel-efficient planes, including some deals already announced.

24
Sep

Qatar Airways joins Oneworld alliance

Doha (dpa) – Qatar Airways has announced it will join the Oneworld aviation alliance on October 30, making it the first of the three major Gulf region air carriers to enter such a cooperation.

23
Sep

CAB approves rebranded AirAsia Zest

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has given AirAsia Inc. Philippines and affiliate Zest Airways Inc. the green light to launch the rebranded “AirAsia Zest”.

23
Sep

Phl carriers seek more flight entitlements to major Japan cities

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Major players in the airline industry are scrambling for flight entitlements to major cities in Japan where about 250,000 Filipinos are working and living after the signing of a new air service agreement between the Philippines and Japan.

23
Sep

Third time lucky? Singapore Airlines sets sights on India

By Siva Govindasamy and Anshuman Daga | Reuters

(Reuters) - Almost 13 years after pulling the plug on its last attempt to enter the Indian market, Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) is taking another stab at the country by again teaming up with the Tata Group as part of a broader strategic shift.

23
Sep

Gov’t eyes air talks with France

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines wants to start air talks with France in early 2014 as part of efforts to revise outdated air service agreements and as local airlines seek to expand to the continent after the lifting two months ago of a ban on Philippine carriers, a government official said.

23
Sep

PAL customizes domestic fares

Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines recently introduced new and attractive fares aimed at providing the best of both worlds to its increasingly discerning and diverse customer base.

23
Sep

Qatar Airways increases flight frequency in AP, EU, ME

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Qatar Airways has increased its flight frequency to destinations in Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific in preparation for the busy winter season.

23
Sep

Tata-SIA tie-up reaffirms India aviation potential

AFP


New Delhi (AFP) – A new Indian airline planned by the giant Tata Group and Singapore Airlines reaffirms the nation’s longterm potential as an aviation market, despite the sector’s current financial turbulence, analysts say.

20
Sep

China Eastern Airlines mounts daily flights to Shanghai

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - China Eastern Airlines is set to mount direct flights to Shanghai from Manila next month to cope with the growing traffic between the Philippines and China.

19
Sep

Zambo flights resume today

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

Airport runwayMANILA, Philippines - Flights will resume today to and from the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) after attacks by the Moro National Liberation Front forced authorities to shut it down Monday last week.

19
Sep

Sea, air transport to partially resume in Zamboanga City

By Lorenz Christoffer S. Marasigan    | BusinessWorld Online

COMMERCIAL operation of sea and air transport services in Zamboanga City are partially resuming as the situation in the city was seen to be improving after days of fighting between government and rebel troops.

19
Sep

Environment groups revive call for ban on aerial spraying

By M. M. Padillo | BusinessWorld Online

Red BugDAVAO CITY -- Environment advocacy groups Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) and Mamamayan Ayaw sa Aerial Spraying (MAAS) have revived their call for a ban on aerial spraying of pesticides.

18
Sep

PAL forms $500-M aircraft leasing company

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is infusing $500 million to establish an aircraft leasing company that would take charge of the ongoing re-fleeting program of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).

18
Sep

PAL flies to London Nov. 4

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA–Philippine Airlines will fly to London starting November 4, 2013, fulfilling the flag carrier’s promise to return to Europe four months after the lifting of the European Union ban.

17
Sep

Clark Airport: Two airlines in, one airline out

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

One airline bows out – albeit temporarily, as two new carriers come into Clark, the Airport of the North, next month.

16
Sep

That dual airport conundrum

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

A conference was recently held at Clark among some of its locators and they not surprisingly urged the government to speed up the development of Clark International Airport, saying that a dual-airport policy will boost investment activity. If I were one of the air carriers, logistics firms and business and investment associations operating in Clark, of course I will say that. But I doubt it is a viable solution to NAIA’s congestion problem.

16
Sep

PAL returns to Europe via London Nov. 4

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

palMANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to return to Europe after a 15-year hiatus by mounting direct flights to London starting November.

16
Sep

ZestAir shareholders to infuse $100 M

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

ZestAirMANILA, Philippines - All shareholders of budget airline Zest Airways Inc. including AirAsia Inc. Philippines committed to invest $100 million to recover heavy losses incurred during the suspension of its operations last month.

16
Sep

Airlines cope with crying children, make innovations

Manila Bulletin


Andy Curr says her worst ever in- flight experience was brought on her by her own offspring.

13
Sep

Cebu Pacific pursues P4-B refleeting plan

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is gearing up for long-haul flights to Europe and the US as it pursues its $4-billion refleeting program.

13
Sep

Etihad ‘Flying Nanny’ boosts service for young families

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a dedicated in-flight child care assistance program for families, led by the introduction of a new Flying Nanny on board long haul flights.

13
Sep

DOTC set to decide on Incheon’s participation in Cebu airport bid

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set decide next week the participation of Incheon International Airport Corp. of South Korea in the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal project.

13
Sep

AirAsia PH suspends some flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines AirAsia is temporarily suspending several local and international flights as it diverts resources to unit Zest Airways, after a surprise multi-day suspension of Zest in August resulted in the latter taking a “significant” hit, both in terms of finances and reputation, a top official said.

13
Sep

CEB plans to fly to US, Europe

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, is considering flying to Europe and the United States, including destinations outside the mainland including Guam and Hawaii, should it obtain the necessary regulatory approvals, its top official said Thursday.

13
Sep

2 pilots, 2 passengers unhurt as plane crash-lands

Philippine Daily Inquirer

planecrashDAGUPAN CITY, Philippines—The twin-engine plane that crash-landed in a rice field in Laoac town in Pangasinan province on Wednesday was forced to make an emergency landing when one of its engines lost power minutes after it took off from neighboring Binalonan town, according to the aircraft’s owner, WCC Aviation Co. (WCCAC).

13
Sep

Cebu Pacific flies Manila-Dubai direct flights starting October 7

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) targets to serve over half a million Filipinos working and living in the United Arab Emirates for its Manila-Dubai long-haul flights starting next month.

13
Sep

Air talks set with Israel, Russia

By Lorenz Christoffer S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

20130912464c6THE PHILIPPINES will hold air service talks with Israel and Russia before the end of the year to secure seat entitlements from those countries, officials of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

12
Sep

Suspension of flights in Zamboanga City defended

By Cecille Suerte Felipe | The Philippine Star

zamboanga-apMANILA, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II yesterday defended the suspension of commercial flights in Zamboanga City to ensure the safety of the general public.

12
Sep

DOJ: No need to show printed plane tickets in airports

By Edu Punay | The Philippine Star

naia-t3MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has lifted its rule that requires passengers in airports to present their printed plane tickets when leaving the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday.

12
Sep

Davao wants airport authority

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- The city council has endorsed the call for the creation of a government-run airport authority independent of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to manage the Davao international airport.

11
Sep

Local low-cost carrier growth slows down in 2013 – CAPA

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The growth of the low-cost carriers (LCCs) growth in the country has slowed down this year following a period of rapid capacity expansion which led to over-capacity.

11
Sep

Another China carrier to mount Philippine flights next month

BusinessWorld Online

SHANGHAI-BASED China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. will start direct flights to Manila next month, a move the carrier said in a statement yesterday forms part of continuing expansion of its overseas service network.

11
Sep

Int’l air council backs dual-airport system

By L.C.M. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

THE AIRLINE Operators Council (AOC) expressed support on Tuesday for the dual-airport system program, which seeks to make the Clark International Airport a second gateway to complement the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

10
Sep

Etihad eyes new code sharing deal with PAL

By Donnabelle L. Gatdula | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways is set to expand its operations in the Philippines as it plans to enter into a new code-share agreement with Philippine Airlines (PAL).

10
Sep

Managing disruptions require cooperation among airlines

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Managing large-scale disruptions require close cooperation among regulators, airlines, airports and other stakeholders, sharing of data and best practices, as well as effective consultation processes and communications.

10
Sep

CEB acquires 2nd Airbus A330 jet for regional flights

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) took delivery of its 2nd brand-new Airbus A330 aircraft  last week and intends to use  the 436-seater aircraft to serve select flights to Cebu and Hong Kong  starting next week (September 16 to October 4, 2013) before it services the Manila-Dubai route.

10
Sep

Etihad plans additional Manila flight

By Chino Leyco | Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways said yesterday that the company plans to mount an additional flight to Manila as the national airline of United Arab Emirates expects more leisure and religious tourists will fly to the Middle East and Europe.

09
Sep

Tiger Airways PH sees 50% sales jump

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Tiger Airways Philippines, the local unit of Singaporean budget airline Tiger Airways Holdings, expects revenues to increase by half in the next fiscal year to P7.5 billion due to robust demand, its top official said.

09
Sep

Cebu Pacific beefs up long-haul fleet

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s largest budget airline, acquired its second long-range Airbus A330 last week. It plans to use the aircraft for select flights to Cebu and Hong Kong ahead of the start of its Manila-Dubai service, the airline said in a statement Friday.

09
Sep

Gov’t appeals court order on Naia 3 payment

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Aquino administration has decided to appeal a decision by the Court of Appeals last July ordering the government to pay the builder of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 more than double the amount previously required.

09
Sep

AirAsia X in Talks for First Yen Loans for Fleet Expansion

By Rose Kim & Heesu Lee | Bloomberg

AirAsia X Bhd. (AAX), the long-haul budget carrier owned by AirAsia Bhd. (AIRA), is looking to raise yen-denominated funds for the first time as it prepares to take delivery of seven aircraft next year.

06
Sep

Delta chooses Airbus over Boeing for 40-plane order

By Karen Jacobs | Reuters

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) announced an order for Airbus jets on Wednesday worth almost $6 billion at list prices, softening its reliance on Boeing for the first time in two decades as it looks for plane bargains.

05
Sep

Tiger Airways eyes lease of more aircraft

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tiger Airways Philippines, the local unit of Singapore’s Tiger Airways Holdings, is acquiring additional aircraft next year as it expects to open up new international and local routes, the company’s top executive said late Tuesday.

05
Sep

Norwegian Air plans expansion in U.S. market

Reuters

(Reuters) - Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to set up bases in New York and Fort Lauderdale next year and will significantly increase services between the Nordics and America as it gets more Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

05
Sep

Middle East’s Airlines Lay Out Plans in Any Syria Attack

By Deena Kamel Yousef | Bloomberg

Middle Eastern airlines are preparing to re-route flights away from Syria in the event of a U.S. military strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

05
Sep

EU Said to Plan Carbon-Market Aviation Adjustment in October

By Ewa Krukowska & Alessandro Vitelli | Bloomberg

The European Union plans to present a change to its emissions curbs on airlines in the first half of October that will take into account a decision later this month by the United Nations on whether to pursue global measures to cut pollution by the industry.

04
Sep

Seair forms new company for domestic operations

By Donnabelle L. Gatdula | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - After divesting its international operations to Tiger Airways, low-cost carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) has formed another airline to handle its domestic operations.

04
Sep

PAL seeks fuel surcharge for flights to Europe

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is seeking the approval of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for the imposition of a fuel surcharge on passengers going to Europe.

04
Sep

PAL eyes imposition of $170 surcharge on Europe flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines is seeking regulatory approval for the imposition of fuel surcharges on its flights to Europe ahead of plans to restart its operations in the continent.

04
Sep

Global air freight volume improves in July

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

As air freight markets in Europe and in the Middle East perked up and offset the weakness in Asia, July’s global air cargo traffic results sustained the modest improvement posted in June, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

04
Sep

dnata expands operations at Clark Airport

Posted in Manila Bulletin

A leading provider of passenger and ramp handling at Ninoy Aquino International Airport – dnata – will extend its airport handling operations at the Clark International Airport (CIA), following Emirates Airlines announcement to start its second Philippine destination on October 1.

03
Sep

CAAP needs fiscal autonomy – Andrews

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines -- A ranking official of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said the low remuneration of pilot-inspectors is affecting the autonomy of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

02
Sep

1M new pilots, technicians needed in next 20 years

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Boeing is projecting the commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades.

02
Sep

AirAsia open to raising its stake in Zest Air

By L.C.S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

ZestAir-bworldonlineBUDGET CARRIER AirAsia, Inc. (AirAsia Philippines), the local unit of Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd., is open to increasing its stake in Zest Airways, Inc. (Zest Air), a move that will require congressional approval of changes to the latter’s existing franchise, a top AirAsia official said late last week.

02
Sep

Countdown begins to U.S. airline merger trial in November

By David Ingram and Diane Bartz | Reuters

AmericanAirlines-reuters(Reuters) - American Airlines and US Airways voiced a fresh sense of optimism on Friday after a U.S. judge granted their request for a speedy trial to determine whether the two carriers are allowed to form the world's largest airline.

28
Sep

Clark too far for an int’l airport, says aviation exec

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

clark-airportRelocating the Philippines’ major international airport to Clark Freeport, Pampanga, would not solve the problems in the country’s air transport system, the world’s biggest aviation industry group said.

28
Sep

You can now pay for air tickets at 7-11

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Buying domestic air tickets can now be made 24/7 in 7-Eleven outlets nationwide.

28
Sep

IATA urges Phl to build new airport

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging the Philippines to prioritize the construction of a new international airport and to address the safety concerns of the US and the European Union as the country’s aviation industry has been ignored by the previous administrations.

28
Sep

Flying

Source: Jemy Gatdula | BusinessWorld Online

ONE INTERESTING aspect in this globalized world we have today is that the airline industry has, for some reason, been taken for granted. Perhaps to blame for it is its previous successes, whereby its very ubiquity have made people think nothing of its state and future, whether it be globally or even locally.

28
Sep

IATA Sees Lower Airline Incomes

Source: Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said its global industry profit forecast for 2012 will again be revised after a downgrade in June in view of volatile oil prices, sluggish global growth, stagnating freight market and slowing growth in the passenger market.

27
Sep

Flights from Saudi Arabia to increase

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has doubled their bilateral flight frequencies following a successful commercial air rights negotiations early this week, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said yesterday.

27
Sep

Saudi Arabia, Philippines ink new air deal

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine government has signed a new deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to increase flights as local airlines pursue aggressive expansion plans.

27
Sep

Qatar Airways Employs Top Chefs

Source: Manila Bulletin

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways officially introduced an incredible line-up of globally renowned chefs to their unrivalled 5-star service, with the award-winning Chef Ramzi Choueiri, Chef Vineet Bhatia, Chef Tom Aikens and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa inspiring an entirely new inflight dining experience. 

27
Sep

Airbus, Sinopec Working To Develop Renewable Jet Fuel In China

Source: Louise Downing | Bloomberg thru mb.com.ph

SHANGHAI — Aircraft maker Airbus SAS and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., the company known as Sinopec that’s the country’s largest fuel supplier, agreed to work together to develop cleaner jet fuel in China.

26
Sep

Roxas takes over DILG Oct. 1

Source: TJ Burgonio | Philippine Daily Inquirer

mar-roxasAfter overseeing the upgrade of the country’s railway systems and patrol ships, and fixing relations with China, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II will soon be dealing with cops, robbers and illegal gamblers.

26
Sep

CEB promotes 8 new domestc routes

Source: The Philippine Star

CEBU, Philippines - Cebu Pacific continues to expand its extensive route network in the Philippines, with the slated launch of 8 new domestic routes in October 2012.

26
Sep

PAL Planning Iloilo-Korea Flights

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA (PNA) — The Philippine Airlines (PAL) direct international flight Iloilo to Korea is now on the pipeline, PAL Iloilo manager Juancho Demaguila said.

26
Sep

AirAsia Buying 100 Airbus Jets

Source: Kevin Lim | Reuters thru mb.com.ph

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A plan to buy 100 Airbus aircraft will be submitted to the board of Asia's largest budget carrier, AirAsia Bhd, in about two weeks, the airline's CEO Tony Fernandes said in a deal that could be worth $9 billion. Reuters reported earlier this month that AirAsia was putting the final touches on the deal, ending a flirtation with Canada’s Bombardier. Fernandes said the order will involve a mix of aircraft and not just Airbus A320s.

26
Sep

San Miguel, Tan group eye airport venture

Source: BusinessWorld Online

DIVERSIFIED CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp. confirmed a published report yesterday that it was in talks with Lucio C. Tan's LT Group, Inc. for the possible construction of a new airport to serve flights of Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) and Air Philippines Corp., San Miguel said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

26
Sep

Citibank, Cebu Pacific push co-branded card

Source: Jeffrey O. Valisno | BusinessWorld Online

THE LOCAL UNIT of global financial giant Citibank has renewed its credit card branding tie-up with Gokongwei-led airline Cebu Pacific after thousands signed up for the card.

26
Sep

United Airlines Takes Ownership Of Its First 787 Dreamliner

Source: Press Release Newswire, United Continental Holdings, Inc. thru Reuters.com

SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is preparing to fly its first 787 Dreamliner this week from Boeing Field in Seattle to the airline's Houston hub. The aircraft is the first of five new Dreamliners the airline expects to receive this year from its total order for 50 of the aircraft. United is the first North American carrier to take delivery of the 787. The airline took ownership of its first Dreamliner on Saturday.

26
Sep

Air France KLM Appoints New GM For South China Sea

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Air France KLM announced the appointment of Jurriaan Stelder as new General Manager for South China Sea covering the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. He recently replaced Cees Ursem who has moved to Cairo, Egypt for a new assignment.

26
Sep

UPDATE 1-Lion Air eyes more jets for growing SE Asia market

Source: Tim Hepher | Reuters

PARIS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Indonesia's Lion Air may add more jets to recent plane orders in order to keep pace with Southeast Asia's transport growth as a U.S. analyst said the airline may place a multi-billion-dollar order with Europe's Airbus.

25
Sep

Flights canceled; flash floods hit Mindanao

Source: Darwin T. Wee, Sarwell Q. Meniano | BusinessWorld Online

SEVERAL FLIGHTS from Manila to the Bicol Region and the Visayas were canceled and flash floods were experienced in Mindanao due to rains induced by typhoon Lawin (international name: Jelawat), officials said yesterday.

25
Sep

Study on new Clark airport terminal due next month

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

A PRE-FEASIBILITY study for the planned P12-billion "budget terminal" in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is set to be completed next month, an official said yesterday, with a full-blown study expected to start "six months after."

25
Sep

Random gov’t audits set

Source: Diane Claire J. Jiao | BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) will undertake random audits of all government offices to ensure that they have pertinent information displayed on their Web sites for the public to access.

25
Sep

Air France-KLM cites Philippine-EU prospects

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

FRANCO-DUTCH airline Air France-KLM sees traffic between the Philippines and the European Union (EU) picking up in the long run from currently limited volumes, an official said in an interview after a briefing last Friday.

25
Sep

Dismissed aviation exec gets job back

Source: Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Supreme Court has ordered the immediate reinstatement of a Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) official who was sacked in 2009 for alleged grave misconduct.

24
Sep

7-Eleven Accepts PAL Ticket Payments

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Filipinos, most of whom have no credit cards, can now book their Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Airphil Express domestic flights online and pay for their tickets at all hours, any day of the week, in over 766 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

24
Sep

CAAP execs face graft raps

Source: Perseus Echeminada | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A special investigator of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has filed graft charges against top CAAP officials for allegedly attempting to cover up reports of irregular processing of pilot licenses and aircraft operations permits that contributed to plane crashes, including the one that killed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

24
Sep

Cebu aims for 4M more tourists

Source: Marilen D. Limpag | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU CITY -- Business groups here have drawn up a road map that aims to increase tourist arrivals by 15% yearly and draw four million tourists by 2016.

24
Sep

RSA passionate on PAL airport

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

“Mark this day in your diary… Sept. 20, 2012… put down there that on this day Ramon Ang told you by this time next year, a new international airport will start to rise.”

24
Sep

Travel agents seek junking of airline taxes

Source: Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The umbrella organization of local travel agents on Sunday added its voice to the growing clamor for the government to remove a tax on foreign airlines, which had been blamed for the decision of some international carriers to discontinue their direct Philippine routes.

24
Sep

AirAsia's plan to buy 100 Airbus jets headed to board: CEO

Source: Kevin Limf | Reuters.com

(Reuters) - A plan to buy 100 Airbus aircraft will be submitted to the board of Asia's largest budget carrier, AirAsia Bhd (AIRA.KL), in about two weeks, the airline's CEO, Tony Fernandes, said on Friday, in a deal that could be worth $9 billion.

24
Sep

Beijing-Manila air traffic drops

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Air traffic between China and the Philippines has dipped to a two-year low due to a recently imposed travel ban that arose from a territorial dispute over islands in the West Philippine Sea.

24
Sep

Japan's ANA says to order 11 more Dreamliners

The announcement comes as Japan's once cosseted airline industry faces rapid change with the entrance of several low-cost carriers.

"ANA currently has 55 Dreamliners on order, 13 of which have so far been delivered, and the new order today will take ANA's fleet of this innovative and fuel-efficient airliner to 66," ANA said in a statement.

The carrier, Japan's biggest by passenger numbers, said all of the new aircraft will be B787-9 and are expected to be delivered between 2018 and 2021.

"ANA's future fleet plans involve the gradual replacement of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777-200 with the 787," the company said.

"The fuel efficiency of the B787-9 is similar to that of the B787-8, while it has greater seat capacity, helping support the profitable expansion of ANA's international and domestic route networks."

The company gave no value for the order, but airlines rarely pay the list price for planes.

The airline got its first 787 in October last year and is now flying the plane on eight domestic routes, as well as from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Frankfurt in Germany.

Plans are in place for the 787 to be used on a new Tokyo to San Jose route, and to replace aircraft currently used on the service to Seattle from October 1. From October 28, the Haneda to Beijing route will use the Dreamliner, the company said.

However, an ongoing territorial row between Japan and China over disputed islands in the East China Sea has badly dented demand for flights between Asia's two largest economies.

ANA said Tuesday 18,800 seat reservations had been cancelled on routes between the two countries for the three months to November.

The carrier said in August that it was back in the black, logging a net profit of 668 million yen ($8.55 million) in its fiscal first quarter to June, reversing a year-earlier loss, thanks to increased travel demand.

It had seen an 8.1 billion yen operating loss in the first quarter of last year as passenger demand collapsed in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake-tsunami and meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

But cost cutting and a recovery in international travel demand helped the airline post a record operating profit of $1.2 billion in the fiscal year ended in March.

ANA said international flight sales rose more than 20 percent on year in the latest quarter.

Japan's aviation market has long been dominated by ANA and rival Japan Airlines (JAL), but this year has seen the launch of a number of new cheap carriers that could challenge that supremacy.

Both airlines have themselves invested in the new budget start-ups.

ANA last year set up Peach Aviation with a Hong Kong investment fund, while JAL announced a tie-up with Australia's Qantas to launch Jetstar Japan.

AirAsia Japan -- a joint venture between ANA and Malaysia's budget firm AirAsia -- has also launched its lower-cost service.

In its earnings report ANA said it saw a host of other challenges for the year to March 2013 including rising oil prices and exchange rate fluctuations.

In July the company stole the march on JAL's refloating, which happened Wednesday, with a new share issue that saw it offer 914 million new shares.

The issue raised 173 billion yen, which the company at the time said would be used to fund the expansion of its fleet.

Ahead of Friday's announcement, ANA closed flat on the Tokyo Stock Exchange at 176 yen.

The Dreamliner was touted as the great new hope for US manufacturer Boeing, which says its next-generation composite fibre body reduces weight and boosts fuel efficiency.

But it has been hit by a series of glitches, including test engine trouble in July that was the subject of a probe by the US National Transportation Safety Board.

On July 23, ANA said it was grounding five 787 Dreamliner jets for repairs because of a defect on the Rolls-Royce engine.

In February, Boeing said around 55 Dreamliners were at risk of developing a fuselage problem.

-AFP/ac

24
Sep

AirFrance KLM sees lifting of common carriers tax

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - AirFrance KLM is confident that the removal of the common carriers tax (CCT) would help boost tourism in the Philippines and level the playing field between foreign and domestic airlines.

24
Sep

Airline services hit as Sino-Japan tensions escalate

Source: Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Airlines from China and Japan have cut or delayed flights between the two countries as tensions mount between the region's two largest economies over a dispute centered on an uninhabited group of islands in the East China Sea.

21
Sep

Air talks with Thailand set in November

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

TALKS to expand commercial air services between the Philippines and Thailand are set for November, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) yesterday said.

21
Sep

AMR Expecting 4,400 Job Cuts

Source: David Koenig | The Associated Press, mb.com.ph

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees although a spokesman says the company expects job losses to be closer to 4,400.

21
Sep

Lufthansa to launch new low-cost brand

Source: Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) will merge its European and German domestic routes under a new low-cost brand from next year, hoping to improve profits and fend off growing competition from low-cost carriers.

21
Sep

JAL Eyeing Southeast Asian Routes

Source: Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda | Bloomberg, mb.com.ph

TOKYO — Japan Airlines Co. may add more flights to Southeast Asia using on-order Boeing Co. 787s as it turns its attention back to expansion following a trip through bankruptcy and a state-backed turnaround.

20
Sep

AirAsia in talks to buy Zest Airways

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

airasia - zest airMalaysia’s AirAsia group is making a move to acquire local budget airline Zest Airways in a bid to expand the regional giant’s foothold in the fast-growing Philippine market.

20
Sep

Resolution passed to improve Davao airport

Source: Carmelito Q. Francisco | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- The Regional Development Council has formally endorsed a previous request from this city’s business sector for the government to further improve existing facilities at the Davao International Airport.

20
Sep

Passenger Air Traffic Sustains Growth

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has revealed continued growth in international air passenger traffic, but air freight markets remained depressed in July 2012.

20
Sep

FedEx Claims US Economy Stalling

Source: Samantha Bomkamp | The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx Corp. says the global economy is stalling, and it’s going to get worse next year.

20
Sep

JAL Shares Gain On Relisting

Source: Elaine Kurtenbach | The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) – Shares in Japan Airlines Co. gained modestly in their trading debut Wednesday in Tokyo following a 663 billion yen ($8.5 billion) initial public offering that nearly doubled the money that went into the once-bankrupt carrier’s bailout.

19
Sep

30% AirAsia fuel charge hike gets CAB okay

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Philippines’ AirAsia Inc. got the green light from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to impose a 30 percent increase in its fuel charge imposed on domestic and international passengers due to rising cost of jet fuel.

19
Sep

CEB Launches New ASEAN Promotion

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific promotes travel from Southeast Asian countries to the Philippines’ top tourist destinations, with a seat sale from September 17 to 20, 2012 or until seats last.

19
Sep

July Long Flight Delays Increase

Source: Samantha Bomkamp | Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AP) – The number of long delays in July involving planes stuck on airport tarmacs was more than the previous eight months combined, the government said.

19
Sep

Russian-Built Aircraft Carrier For India Suffers Engine Problems Anew

Source: Manila Bulletin

MOSCOW (dpa) – Russia's delivery to India of a $2.3-billion aircraft carrier is expected to suffer a new delay because of severe engine problems encountered during sea trials, Russian media reported on Monday.

18
Sep

Philippines’ AirAsia’s Free Seats Promo

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines’ AirAsia yesterday rolled out its Free Seats promo where guest can travel from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to Davao and Kalibo with an all-in fare of P275 pesos one way.

18
Sep

AirAsia unit to add new destinations from Clark hub

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

AirAsia (Philippines) Inc., the local unit of Southeast Asia’s biggest budget airline, is adding more international destinations to its route network this year as it aims to develop the Clark International Airport as a viable alternative to Manila.

18
Sep

DOT sees 4.5M tourist arrivals by year’s end

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Tourism expects tourist arrivals to the Philippines to hit the 4.5 million target for the full year of 2012, DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez said during the Philippine economic team’s briefing held Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center.

18
Sep

Thai Airways picks media veteran as new president

Source: Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai Airways International PCL has selected a media conglomerate chief as its new president after the airline's board sacked his predecessor nearly four months ago.

18
Sep

RPT-Lufthansa to present low-cost airline plans

Source: Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Lufthansa management will present a strategy update to the supervisory board on Wednesday including plans for a new European low-cost airline, WirtschaftsWoche said in an advance extract of its Monday edition.

18
Sep

India Allows Airlines To Sell 49% Equity To Overseas Carriers

Source: Siddharth Philip and Vipin Nair | Manila Bulletin

India’s decision to allow local airlines sell stakes of as much as 49 percent to overseas carriers may be of most benefit to operators least in need of investment.

18
Sep

Etihad Airways Counts On Boeing 777s And Dreamliners For Fleet

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Hogan has visited Boeing’s Everett production facility, as the UAE flag carrier prepares to take delivery of more 777s and awaits the arrival of the 787 Dreamliner.

18
Sep

Libya air traffic strike ends

Source: Agence France-Presse

"Traffic has resumed to Tripoli and Benghazi," the source said without elaborating.

17
Sep

Firm offers to trace lost airline luggage

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  When actress Claudine Baretto lost her luggage last summer during a trip from Boracay to Manila, she berated the airline employee of a low cost carrier, which led to the reported brawl between her husband and a newspaper columnist.

17
Sep

Japan Airlines set to return to Tokyo exchange

Source: AFP, channelnewsasia.com

japan-airlines-jetlinerTOKYO: Japan Airlines (JAL), delisted from the Tokyo stock exchange after its bankruptcy in 2010, was set to return to Japan's biggest bourse this week after a massive overhaul and $8.5 billion share sale.

17
Sep

Air France-KLM reports August cargo drop

Source: Kforsythe | Air Cargo World

Air-France-KLMAir France-KLM recorded a 7.8 percent, year-over-year, decrease in freight traffic in August, a decline that was propelled by sluggish demand in the Asia-Pacific and the Americas — AF-KLM’s top regions for cargo. The combined carrier also offered 5.2-percent less cargo capacity last month than in August 2011, according to a press release.

17
Sep

AirAsia To Become The First Operator Of Airbus A320 ‘Sharklets’

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Airbus and the world’s largest A320 customer AirAsia announced that the airline will become the first operator of the A320 with ‘Sharklets’ when they take delivery of the first A320 equipped with these fuel-saving wing-tip devices at the end of this year. The aircraft exhibited on static and flying display at the ILA Berlin Air Show is the flight test aircraft for CFM engines and will also be delivered to AirAsia in 2013.

14
Sep

DBM allots P4.6 B for airports

Source: Aurea Calica | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allotted P4.6 billion to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to rehabilitate Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and three other projects under the administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.

14
Sep

Cathay Pacific, Dragonair push fuel surcharge hike

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

cathay pacific aircraftFOREIGN CARRIERS Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and sister company Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. have asked regulators permission to raise their fuel surcharge, citing rising jet fuel prices, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

14
Sep

DMIA passenger volume up 63%

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

PASSENGER volume at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark grew by more than a half in the January to August 2012 period, surpassing the passenger volume recorded for the entire 2011.

14
Sep

‘Air battle’ on over bird sanctuary

Source: Jerome Aning and Christine O. Avendaño | Philippine Daily Inquirer

birdsMetro Manila’s airspace is apparently getting too narrow for birds real and mechanical.

14
Sep

Etihad Airways Names Philippine GM

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed John Evans as its new General Manager (GM) for the Philippines.

14
Sep

China Eastern Raises $572 Million

Source: Kelvin Chan/The Associated Press , Manila Bulletin

HONG KONG (AP) – China Eastern Airlines Corp. is raising $572 million by selling new shares to its state-owned parent to trim its heavy debt burden as it pursues an aggressive fleet expansion in China’s booming aviation market.

13
Sep

Offshore airport eyed near Sangley

Source: Riza T. Olchondra | Philippine Daily Inquirer

sangley-pointThe developer of Aseana City, which owns key development real estate neighboring the so-called Entertainment City, is looking into the viability of developing an offshore airport by reclaiming land near the Sangley Point military facility in Cavite City.

13
Sep

July Global Passenger Market Declines

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — With many major international airports in Europe and North America reporting lackluster figures in passenger traffic in July, overall growth in global passenger markets slowed to 2%.

13
Sep

Lion Air Plans Budget Airline

Source: AFP/Manila Bulletin

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Indonesia's PT Lion Mentari Airlines said Tuesday it will launch a new low-cost airline with Malaysian firm NADI that could challenge regional budget giant AirAsia.

13
Sep

Spain To Toughen Rules On Air Safety, Seeks More Powers

Source: Bloomberg/Manila Bulletin

MADRID (Bloomberg) – Spain will tighten regulations to improve the safety of air travel in the country and reinforce powers to punish airlines that infringe them, the Development Ministry said.

13
Sep

Airbus Bullish On German Demand

Source: AFP/Manila Bulletin

BERLIN (AFP) – European aircraft maker Airbus said on Tuesday that Germany, the continent's biggest economy, would need more than 1,000 planes over the next 20 years but cast doubt over its sales of A380 ''superjumbos''.

12
Sep

China grants FedEx, UPS operating licenses for some Chinese cities

Source: Reuters.com

fedex-ups-reuters.com(Reuters) - Package delivery companies FedEx Corp (FDX.N) and United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) have received approval to provide express-package services in some cities of China on their own, the country's State Postal Bureau (SPB) said on its website last week.

12
Sep

Biz Buzz: Man versus bird

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

After a brief lull, the battle for Manila Bay—or at least a portion of it—has resumed between safety advocates and aviation regulators, on one hand, and environmentalists and bird watchers, on the other. In particular, this battle, which is increasingly being waged in the publicity sphere, concerns the decades-old bird sanctuary on the fringe of Manila Bay, which also happens to be near the flight path of aircraft taking off from or landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Runway 06.

11
Sep

Singapore Looks to Benefits in Qantas-Emirates Deal

Source: AFP

emirates-qantas-dealSingapore’s Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang on Monday acknowledged the city-state would be impacted by Qantas’s tie-up with Emirates but said the air hub was looking to growth in Asia travel.

11
Sep

Manila’s category 2 status hurting budget airlines

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The local budget carrier industry is starting to hurt due to the dismal grades the Philippines has received from several foreign aviation regulatory bodies, effectively keeping the country’s growing airlines out of key markets in the region.

11
Sep

New Camarines, Samar Airports Planned

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The government is inviting consultancy firms interested to conduct a feasibility study on building a new airport in Camarines Sur, the fastest growing tourist destination in the country.

11
Sep

Zest Air, AFP Forge Partnership

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Zest Air, one of the country’s leading budget carriers, recently signed a partnership agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, through its Office of the Special Service, which would give military personnel and their dependents as well as civilian employees of the AFP an opportunity to enjoy considerable airfare discounts from Zest Air especially during official military missions.

11
Sep

Ridgway Quits As Virgin CEO

Source: Manila Bulletin

LONDON (The Wall Street Journal) – Virgin Atlantic said Chief Executive Steve Ridgway is stepping down after 23 years with the trans-Atlantic carrier, leaving an unenviable task to his successor as the U.K. airline grapples with high fuel prices, tough competition and a sluggish British economy.

10
Sep

SEAIR Offers P999 HK Promo

Source: Manila Bulletin

flyseairMANILA, Philippines — South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) announced that it is offering one-way fares from Clark to Hong Kong of as low as P999.

10
Sep

Gov’t plans 2 new airports in Camarines Sur, Samar

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is looking at developing new airports in two of the country’s increasingly popular tourist areas.

10
Sep

Ayala, Aboitiz team up for P10B Mactan airport project

Source: Doris C. Dumlao | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Mactan-Cebu-International-AirportThe Ayala and Aboitiz groups—two of the country’s biggest and oldest conglomerates both led by Hispanic families—have teamed up to bid for a P10-billion project to redevelop the Mactan International Airport in Cebu.

10
Sep

Budget flights strengthen families, says airport exec

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

dmia2DAGUPAN CITY—Budget flights are strengthening marriages and relationships as air travel has become more affordable to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families, an airport official said.

10
Sep

Flights from UAE to increase

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES and the United Arab Emirates agreed to increase flight frequencies between the two countries following their successful air talks last week, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said over the weekend.

07
Sep

CAAP asked to reply to opposition on fee hike

Source: Nef T. Luczon | BusinessWorld Online

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has asked the regional office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to reply to a position paper from the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation’s (Oro Chamber) opposing moves to increase the local airport’s terminal fee.

07
Sep

BoC employees score ‘fiscal mismanagement’

Source: Diane Claire J. Jiao | BusinessWorld Online

EMPLOYEES of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) have opposed the government’s decision to shoulder their overtime pay, previously funded by airline and shipping companies, claiming that this is a sign of "fiscal mismanagement."

07
Sep

UPDATE 2-Qantas agrees Emirates alliance after ending BA deal

Source: Jane Wardell and Rhys Jones | Reuters.com

SYDNEY/LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Australia's struggling Qantas Airways has agreed a 10-year alliance with Dubai's Emirates, a key step in the carrier's efforts to shore up its loss-making international business, after it ended a similar deal with British Airways.

06
Sep

No major shakeup at DOTC, says Abaya

Source: Leila B. Salaverria | Philippine Daily Inquirer

joseph-emilio-abayaThere will be no drastic reorganization in the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) initially in his term, according to the department’s newly appointed secretary, Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya.

06
Sep

Passenger rights to cover foreign carriers

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

A FINAL version of policies protecting the rights of air passengers is expected to be published this month, an official said yesterday said, adding that the rules now cover foreign airlines.

06
Sep

Abaya To Pursue Infra Projects

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Newly - appointed DILG Secretary Mar Roxas II is confident that Transportation Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya would do an excellent job in sustaining and ensuring that all infrastructure programs would be implemented.

05
Sep

CEB Expands Payment Center Options

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) expands its payment center options to include the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), in a move to make online booking even more convenient to travelers without credit cards.

05
Sep

In 20 Years, Targets Asia Airbus Sees 28,200 Aircraft Market

Source: Bloomberg / Manila Bulletin

TOULOUSE, France (Bloomberg) – Airbus SAS, the largest maker of commercial aircraft, predicted airlines will buy $3.9 trillion worth of planes in the next two decades, driven by demand in India and China.

05
Sep

JAL’s $8.5-B IPO Attracts Orders

Source: Bloomberg / Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (Bloomberg) – Japan Airlines (JAL) Co.’s 663 billion yen ($8.5 billion) initial public offering (IPO), the largest since Facebook Inc., drew orders for all the stock being sold, said two people with knowledge of the transaction.

05
Sep

India Buying Up To 1,450 Planes In 20 Years – Boeing

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW DELHI – Boeing Co. Tuesday raised its sales forecast for passenger planes in India, even as local carriers are curtailing flights due to high operational costs, a depreciating rupee and mounting debt.

04
Sep

Landing safety risks to nag CdO airport

Source: Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star

Five indicted Thai businessmen were issued arrest warrants last week in Legazpi City for flouting Philippine patent and food laws. Right away they cried that the court action would scare away foreign investors. Still, it brings the case back to court where it belongs, instead of being argued in the media.

04
Sep

FedEx cuts estimate for June-to-August quarter

Source: Associated Press / Yahoo News

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx Corp. cut its earnings forecast Tuesday, blaming the weak global economy.

04
Sep

Airbus Says Chinese-Built Planes To Be Sold Only In China

Source: Manila Bulletin

PARIS, (AFP) – Airbus planes built in a Chinese factory will  be sold only to Chinese clients, the European plane maker said Monday, although  a leasing exception could see aircraft end up with foreign airlines.

04
Sep

China Eastern Air Quickens Growth to 10% on Overseas Travel

Source: Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg.com

China Eastern Airlines Corp. (670), the nation’s second-largest carrier by passengers, will accelerate capacity growth in the second half to 10 percent as it adds new planes and boosts international services.

03
Sep

Delta Air seeks permit to operate for another five years

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

delta-air-lines-reuters.comDELTA AIR Lines, Inc., one of the world’s biggest carriers, is seeking to renew its permit to continue operations in the Philippines for another five years, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) documents showed.

03
Sep

Tan Is SEAIR’s President, CEO

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) recently announced the appointment of Patrick Tan as the president and chief executive officer of SEAIR.

03
Sep

Airports Grow 8.5% In 1H

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Asia-Pacific airports showed a remarkable rebound from 2011 and recorded a strong +8.5% increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year.

03
Sep

PAL says bird strikes pose safety risk at Naia

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ramon-s.-angMANILA, Philippines—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said the country may never earn an upgrade from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) due to the prevalence of birds and the resulting bird strikes near and around the Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

03
Sep

SilkAir Steps Up Market Expansion

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) group is accelerating expansion at full-service its regional subsidiary SilkAir, which has quietly emerged as a strong competitor in a short-haul market dominated by low-cost carriers, according to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

03
Sep

AMR, US Airways say evaluating potential merger

Source: Reuters.com

us-airways-reuters.com(Reuters) - American Airlines parent AMR Corp and US Airways Group Inc have signed a non-disclosure agreement as they evaluate a potential merger that would create an airline that rivals leader United Continental Holdings Inc in scope.

03
Sep

Co-pilot unaware of Japan plane plunge for 17 seconds

Source: AFP / Yahoo News

A co-pilot who sent his Japanese passenger jet into a nosedive when he mistook a rudder control for a door lock did not notice anything was wrong for 17 seconds, a government report said Friday.

13
Sep

EU carbon limit to cost Emirates at least $1 billion

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Emirates, the biggest international airline by traffic, expects a European Union (EU) plan limiting the amount of carbon emissions allowed for flights to and from the continent to cost it as much as $1 billion this decade.

13
Sep

Mindanao airport may be completed ahead of time

Source: Riza T. Olchondra | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Work on the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) in Northern Mindanao is reported to be 82.66 percent completed, and may become operational well ahead of schedule, according to the project management office.

13
Sep

9/11 made Philippine airlines more efficient, cost-effective

Source: Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Exactly a decade after the country woke up to the new realities of the post-9/11 world, the hard-hit local airline industry claimed it had already recovered from the massive adverse effects of that fateful September 11 event.

12
Sep

CA affirms PAL’s P730-M lawsuit vs striking pilots

Source: Marlon Ramos | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine-AirlinesThe Court of Appeals has given the go-signal for Philippine Airlines (PAL) to proceed with its P730-million damage suit against its former pilots who staged a labor strike that crippled the flag carrier’s operations about 13 years ago.

12
Sep

$50-M Credit Suisse loan to fund PAL outsourcing program

Source:

Philippine AirlinesMANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines has signed a loan agreement with Credit Suisse for $50 million that it needs to fund its controversial P2.5-billion outsourcing program, set to take effect on October 1 amid protests by the labor union.

12
Sep

US to keep travel warning against PH until situation improves, says Thomas

Source: Jerry E. Esplanada | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The United States will not lift its travel warning on the Philippines “as long as bombs explode in the Zamboanga airport, as long as kidnap-for-ransom gangs dominate the headlines, as long as bus owners are extorted through violence, and as long as political feuds are resolved through bombs and assassinations.”