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Old May 3rd, 2010, 08:27 AM   #541
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KOICA provides $ 1.1M grant for Cebu airport
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MANILA, May 2 (PNA) -- The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) said it will finance the feasibility study of the construction of a new passenger terminal in Cebu.

In a statement, Kim Jinoh, KOICA resident representative, said the project will help boost Cebu’s position as a premier tourism and business destination in the region.

"Through this project, we hope to facilitate the upgrading of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to meet the growing demands of Cebu’s vibrant economy,” Kim said.

The existing terminal in Cebu can only accommodate up to 4.5 million passengers a year. But in 2009, it handed around 4.8 million passengers according to government estimates.

The Korean government through KOICA will provide a grant of $ 1.1 million for the project.

It will likewise dispatch Korean experts to the Philippines, train local officials and personnel in Korea and provide relevant equipment.

The Philippines, meanwhile, is tasked with forming a steering committee and technical working group, facilitating the approval of necessary permits and clearances and providing information such as maps and statistical data.

The project will be implemented from 2010 to 2011.

Earlier, KOICA raised its grant assistance to $ 15 million this year from $ 10 million in 2009.

Other projects up for financing are the $ 13-million Modern Integrated Rice Processing Complex in four provinces, the $ 3-million Modern Integrated Rice Processing Complex also for four provinces, the $ 2.4-million Computerization of the Forward Estimates System for Budget Allocation of the Philippines, the $ 3-million Enhancing Philippine Livestock Industry Performance through an Institutionalized Genetic Improvement System and the $ 1.1-million Financial Statement on the Establishment of Multi-Industry Clusters in the Philippines.

Established in 1991, KOICA implements and administers the grant aid and technical cooperation programs provided by the South Korean government.

In previous years, KOICA supported a number of development projects all over the Philippines, including the Vocational Training Centers in Quezon City, Bulacan and Davao; the Rice Milling and Processing Complex in Aurora; the Friendship Hospital in Cavite and the Busuanga Airport. (PNA)
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PAL records best on-time rate in Asia for 2 months

05/06/2010

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. attained an average departure on-time rate of 91.6 percent for its flights in the first two months, the best among 12 major flag carriers comprising the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA), the regional aviation group reported.

PAL’s on-time rate was 90.9 percent in January and 92.4 percent in February, easily surpassing the AAPA average of 85.8 percent and 86 percent, respectively. PAL was the only airline among the 12 surveyed to reach the 90 percent plateau.

The AAPA’s member-carriers include industry heavyweights Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Korean Air.

The other members are Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, All-Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines and Eva Air.

PAL’s efforts in both months also exceeded the broader worldwide industry on-time benchmark of 85 percent, set by the International Air Transport Association.

The January to February figures continue an impressive trend in PAL’s on-time ratings. For the nine-month April-to-December 2009 period, the flag carrier posted an average punctuality rate of 90.2 percent for all its flights.

On-time performance is a key indicator of an airline’s operational efficiency and PAL’s deployment of a young, modern fleet was a major contributor to its renewed proficiency.

The flag carrier’s fleet of single-aisle aircraft, consisting of 22 Airbus A320 and A319 jets that fly domestic and short-range international routes, has an average age of only four years — one of the youngest in the world.

The long-range fleet is not too far behind. Bannered by its brand-new flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, the intercontinental fleet also comprises five newly refurbished Boeing 747-400s, four Airbus A340-300s and eight A330-300s.
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More work to be done, says airline
Michael Bruce

Philippine Airlines has admitted it still has a lot of work to do in educating the Australian market as the carrier beds down an expanded schedule.

Philippine Airlines resumed Brisbane flights in March after an absence of 10 years. The new services complement the existing Sydney and Melbourne flights.


Chief commercial officer, Richard Miller, told Travel Today it was going to “take some time” for the new services to gain traction. He said the destination, which was hugely popular for Australians in the 70s and 80s, had fallen away in recent years as rivals increased their market share of visitors. The focus now was on increasing awareness of the archipelago’s numerous islands.

“While there’s a large VFR (visiting friends and relatives) market, we think there’s an opportunity to further develop the leisure side,” he said.

Miller stressed the market was “still soft in some areas”. While yields were still struggling, they have improved in recent months. He admitted visa problems were still “a bit of a drawback”, as Philippine nationals have to wait 10 days for a visa to Australia.

“An increase in business traffic and trade should see the yield start to improve from here,” Miller added.

While the competition from rival Asian neighbours was fierce, Miller said it will not get caught in a price war. “We just want to be competitive. We are not seeking to discount heavily just to get full loads or anything like that,” Miller said.

He added the airline will reassess the Brisbane market at the end of the year, with additional capacity a possibility.
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PAL plane hits wing tip of parked Cebu Pacific plane in Tacloban airport

By Joey A. Gabieta
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First Posted 19:20:00 05/07/2010

Filed Under: Accidents (general), Air Transport, Air and Space Accidents

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—The operation of the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport was suspended late Friday afternoon after a Philippine Airlines plane hit the wingtip of a Cebu Pacific aircraft.

The Cebu Pacific plane was finishing boarding procedures and was about to depart for Cebu at around 4:25 p.m. when the accident happened.


The Philippine Airlines plane had just arrived from Manila and was taxiing on the runway when one of its wings hit the wingtip of the Cebu Pacific plane, airport officials said.

The PAL plane had more than 100 passengers while the Cebu Pacific plan had 56 passengers, but no one was reported injured.

However, hundreds of passengers were stranded airport cancelled the early evening flights.

In a statement e-mailed to the Inquirer, Cebu Pacific confirmed the incident, saying its ATR 72-500 aircraft, while parked and finishing boarding procedures for its Tacloban-Cebu flight (5J-429), was hit at the wingtip by an incoming PAL A320 aircraft which was taxiing after arrival.

No one was injured among the 59 passengers, the statement said.

It added that a CEB mechanic and a quality inspector are already on a CEB flight from Manila to assess the damage and determine if the aircraft can be released to fly back to Cebu.
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PAL, Cebu Pac to continue flights to Bangkok despite strife
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MANILA, Philippines -- The country’s two major airlines will continue their regular service to Bangkok despite government warnings to avoid travel to the embattled Thai capital.

In a statement Monday, flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it would continue to fly twice a week to Bangkok, where anti-government protesters and the police and military have been engaging in pitched battles resulting in several deaths.

“PAL continues normal [twice a day] operations on its Bangkok route, providing its passengers uninterrupted service to and from the Thai capital,” said the Lucio Tan-led carrier in the statement.

The Gokongwei-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific in paid ads published in major dailies on Monday said its flights to Bangkok would continue despite the conflict there.

“We continue to operate flights to Bangkok from both Manila and Clark,” said Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing Candice Iyog in a text message.

But she said the airline would allow passengers with flights to Bangkok from Tuesday to the end of the month to cancel their bookings without having to pay any fees or penalties.

Cebu Pacific flies daily to Bangkok from Manila. It also flies from its hub at Clark Freeport, Pampanga three times a week.
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Mactan airport gets 'high grades' in first full-scale emergency drill
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CEBU CITY, May 29 (PNA) - The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) got "high grades" from evaluators of its first full-scale emergency exercise held Friday, boosting the country’s second busiest airport’s bid to regain a higher rating in airworthiness.

Some 100 personnel from various agencies showed how to rescue passengers from a site with a burning fuselage after a crash landing at the northwest end of the runway.

Evaluator Camilla Taylor of Cathay Pacific noted how the groups worked together to address a "very chaotic" situation.

Another evaluator, Jeong Joon Hwang of Asiana Airlines, said people involved were well-trained and the whole exercise was well-organized.

Jun Pilapil, president of Mactan Airline Operators Council, said it was "perfect for a first time."

MCIAA Assistant General Manager Romeo Bersonda believes the drill, which lasted for almost an hour, "went well" and he is hopeful the airport will regain this year the "Category 1" status in airworthiness.

The holding of the Mactan Crash and Rescue Exercise is a requirement for the airport to be certified as Category I by the aviation authority.

Agnes Undang, area manager of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), said the rescue and safety exercise is one of the areas to be assessed for the issuance of a certificate.

Undang hopes MCIAA will regain the Category I status this year, after it slid to Category 2 last year.

During the drill, eight groups, namely, the MCIAA Rescue and Firefighting Division, airport police, Medical Services Division, PNP Aviation Security Group, the airlines' representatives, Bureau of Quarantine, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Air Force, were the ones that initially responded.

Various medical teams and rescue groups also responded to three emergency codes involving the evacuation of slightly injured passengers 200 meters away from the "crash site," attending to injured passengers and giving immediate medical attention to seriously injured passengers.

In the simulation, those waving black flags - representing the casualties - were the last ones to be airlifted out of the area.

"This is an international way to rescue survivors," said Dr. Pek Eng Lim of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF).

The practice, he said, is to bring hospital services inside tents put up near the crash site.

After giving first aid or doing minor surgery inside the tents, the teams will airlift those seriously injured to nearby hospitals.

Bersonda said the exercise will also prepare the personnel of all responding units for conducting a quick and efficient rescue operation.

Even if the airport is certified, Bersonda said it is still required to conduct the exercise once in two years.

MCIAA, Bersonda admitted, is still classified as "Category 2" after it was downgraded last year.

The International Civil Aviation Organization and its local counterpart CAAP evaluate the "airworthiness" of airports.

"We have to audit them on safety requirements based on standards," said Undang.

"Hopefully this year we can regain our original status," she added. (PNA)
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Terminal 2 expansion to open 2014
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May 10,2010

Manila - Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has announced its plan to expand the current centennial terminal (Terminal 2) to Nayong Pilipino by 2014 to anticipate the projected increase in passenger traffic to the Philippines premiere airport by 2016 says Melvin Matibag, MIAA General Manager.

The airport which currently handles more than 24 million passengers from four terminals is projected to breach maximum capacity of 35 million passengers per year by 2016 adds Matibag.

"The planned Terminal 2 extension could house the low-cost carriers' operations and possibly cargo services" says Matibag in a press briefing.

The plan according to him is to transfer the operations of the low cost carriers to Terminal 2 and relocate the operations of Philippine Airlines to Terminal 3 together with other foreign carriers going to the east.

He however discussed the possibility of usage by current Terminal 2 tenant, Philippine Airlines which has been operating at the terminal close to its maximum design capacity of 10 million passengers per year.

The centennial terminal has a current capacity of 7 million passengers per year. But Philippine Airlines already breached its capacity in 2007, and still the airline is expected to add one million more passengers this year from the current 9.3 million passengers it carried in 2009 based on Civil Aeronautics Board(CAB) figures. It already transferred the operations of its low cost subsidiary Air Philippines and Pal Express to Terminal 3 since it opened in 2008 to help alleviate congestion at the terminal.

"Based on international standards, terminal two is already congested and we need to address that problem soon,"

"By 2014, Terminal two could be serving 14 million passengers or almost twice its intended capacity unless we do something" said Matibag.

"To do the expansion we need to acquire first the lot of the adjacent Nayong Pilipino which owns the land to which the Philippine Village Hotel now stands." Matibag adds.

While both institutions are all owned by the government, Nayong Pilipino Foundation is a government owned and controlled corporation which has a separate corporate identity from Manila International Airport Authority.

The extension project of Centennial Terminal 2 has been deferred for five years because of the litigation involving Nayong Pilipino and owners of Philippine Village Hotel. PAL offered to build the extension in 2007 but was hampered by the legal dispute at Nayong Pilipino. The Supreme Court recently upheld in January 2009 the lower courts order terminating the lease contract executed in 1975 for default lease payment in 2001. The hotel building was also forfeited in favor of Nayong Pilipino which it now controls.

Atty. Matibag said that the village hotel building is planned to be incorporated in the design of the expanded terminal 2 complex. The construction work is expected to be undertaken through build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme.

“Right now, we are merely leasing one hectare of their property and we are using that space for parking,” said Matibag.

Currently, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is looking into the legal aspect of the agency’s intention to acquire the rest of the property and the terms of the BOT contract to avoid a repeat of the terminal 3 fiasco.

Nayong Pilipino executive director Charito Planas revealed that negotiations were already undertaken between the two agencies as to the terms of reference (TOR) as the transaction merely require the approval of the President of the Philippines, but left the technical details of the talk to the panel preparing its approval.

According to Executive Order 615 issued on April 15, 2007, the park’s 15 hectare property adjacent to Terminal 2 in Pasay City is set to be transferred to Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) in exchange for equivalent size lot at the reclamation area to be used for construction of the new Nayong Pilipino Complex in Parañaque City.

MIAA expects to generate P1.6 billion pesos in net revenue for 2010 from operating four terminals. It already recorded a net income of P410 million in the first quarter of the year, higher by 4 percent as compared to the P394 million posted in 2009.

The airport also expects to collect P2.8 billion pesos from 26 million passengers. Revenues from passenger-terminal fees already jumped 13 percent to P702 million in the first three months of the year. Security related charges also increased 13 percent to P216 million due to the more international departures as compared last year.

International-passenger movement improved nearly 10 percent to 3,084,303 in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, while domestic passenger movements increased by almost 14 percent to 3,379,761 during the period.

Meanwhile, the airports rental revenues and concessions privilege fees grew almost flat at P294 million and P151 million, respectively due to still unresolved issues at terminal 3, while aeronautical fees declined 4 percent to P494 million due to foreign exchange losses.

One good thing about Terminal 3 is that passenger numbers went up by 15 percent to 1,737,451 in the first quarter while flight movement grew almost 8 percent to 16,468 during the period.

Its current tenant, Cebu Pacific expects to carry 10 million passengers in 2010. The new terminal has an annual design capacity of 13 million passengers with 20 million passengers as its maximum accommodation per year.

Terminal 3 boast of 20 contact gates and eight remote stands while Terminal 2 on the other hand only have 12 contact gates and 2 remotes.
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Terminal 2 expansion to open 2014
Eyes BOT for the Project

May 10,2010

Manila - Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has announced its plan to expand the current centennial terminal (Terminal 2) to Nayong Pilipino by 2014 to anticipate the projected increase in passenger traffic to the Philippines premiere airport by 2016 says Melvin Matibag, MIAA General Manager.

The airport which currently handles more than 24 million passengers from four terminals is projected to breach maximum capacity of 35 million passengers per year by 2016 adds Matibag.

"The planned Terminal 2 extension could house the low-cost carriers' operations and possibly cargo services" says Matibag in a press briefing.

The plan according to him is to transfer the operations of the low cost carriers to Terminal 2 and relocate the operations of Philippine Airlines to Terminal 3 together with other foreign carriers going to the east.

He however discussed the possibility of usage by current Terminal 2 tenant, Philippine Airlines which has been operating at the terminal close to its maximum design capacity of 10 million passengers per year.

The centennial terminal has a current capacity of 7 million passengers per year. But Philippine Airlines already breached its capacity in 2007, and still the airline is expected to add one million more passengers this year from the current 9.3 million passengers it carried in 2009 based on Civil Aeronautics Board(CAB) figures. It already transferred the operations of its low cost subsidiary Air Philippines and Pal Express to Terminal 3 since it opened in 2008 to help alleviate congestion at the terminal.

"Based on international standards, terminal two is already congested and we need to address that problem soon,"

"By 2014, Terminal two could be serving 14 million passengers or almost twice its intended capacity unless we do something" said Matibag.

"To do the expansion we need to acquire first the lot of the adjacent Nayong Pilipino which owns the land to which the Philippine Village Hotel now stands." Matibag adds.

While both institutions are all owned by the government, Nayong Pilipino Foundation is a government owned and controlled corporation which has a separate corporate identity from Manila International Airport Authority.

The extension project of Centennial Terminal 2 has been deferred for five years because of the litigation involving Nayong Pilipino and owners of Philippine Village Hotel. PAL offered to build the extension in 2007 but was hampered by the legal dispute at Nayong Pilipino. The Supreme Court recently upheld in January 2009 the lower courts order terminating the lease contract executed in 1975 for default lease payment in 2001. The hotel building was also forfeited in favor of Nayong Pilipino which it now controls.

Atty. Matibag said that the village hotel building is planned to be incorporated in the design of the expanded terminal 2 complex. The construction work is expected to be undertaken through build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme.

“Right now, we are merely leasing one hectare of their property and we are using that space for parking,” said Matibag.

Currently, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is looking into the legal aspect of the agency’s intention to acquire the rest of the property and the terms of the BOT contract to avoid a repeat of the terminal 3 fiasco.

Nayong Pilipino executive director Charito Planas revealed that negotiations were already undertaken between the two agencies as to the terms of reference (TOR) as the transaction merely require the approval of the President of the Philippines, but left the technical details of the talk to the panel preparing its approval.

According to Executive Order 615 issued on April 15, 2007, the park’s 15 hectare property adjacent to Terminal 2 in Pasay City is set to be transferred to Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) in exchange for equivalent size lot at the reclamation area to be used for construction of the new Nayong Pilipino Complex in Parañaque City.

MIAA expects to generate P1.6 billion pesos in net revenue for 2010 from operating four terminals. It already recorded a net income of P410 million in the first quarter of the year, higher by 4 percent as compared to the P394 million posted in 2009.

The airport also expects to collect P2.8 billion pesos from 26 million passengers. Revenues from passenger-terminal fees already jumped 13 percent to P702 million in the first three months of the year. Security related charges also increased 13 percent to P216 million due to the more international departures as compared last year.

International-passenger movement improved nearly 10 percent to 3,084,303 in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, while domestic passenger movements increased by almost 14 percent to 3,379,761 during the period.

Meanwhile, the airports rental revenues and concessions privilege fees grew almost flat at P294 million and P151 million, respectively due to still unresolved issues at terminal 3, while aeronautical fees declined 4 percent to P494 million due to foreign exchange losses.

One good thing about Terminal 3 is that passenger numbers went up by 15 percent to 1,737,451 in the first quarter while flight movement grew almost 8 percent to 16,468 during the period.

Its current tenant, Cebu Pacific expects to carry 10 million passengers in 2010. The new terminal has an annual design capacity of 13 million passengers with 20 million passengers as its maximum accommodation per year.

Terminal 3 boast of 20 contact gates and eight remote stands while Terminal 2 on the other hand only have 12 contact gates and 2 remotes.
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PAL's $46 Million Dilemma
by Lenie Lectura
13 May 2010

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) has yet to determine how it will be able to repay $46 million worth of debt due early next month.

PAL president Jaime Bautista said the flag carrier is scheduled to pay creditors about $46 million by June 7. The amount is part of the flag carrier’s $2.3-billion debt which has now actually gone down to over $1 billion, added the PAL official.

“Our debt balance is more than $1 billion. There is a maturing amount [by] June 7 which is about $46 million. It’s a principal payment which is scheduled to be paid once a year,” said Bautista.


The PAL official did not say how the carrier will source payment for the maturing debt. “We will try our best. It’s really a challenge.”

On top of the yearly $46-million repayment, PAL is also obliged to pay $10 million every month. “Yes, we are paying $10 million monthly,” added Bautista.

PAL is in talks with prospective investors but nothing has been firmed up as yet. “Investors are looking for the following: profitability, growth and competency. Aside from being profitable, there should be growth. We also should be sufficient and must have the capability to compete with other airlines,” said Bautista.

The airline was supposed to lay off 3,000 workers effective June but the labor department directed PAL to suspend this until the labor dispute with the PAL Employees Association is still under the jurisdiction of the agency.

The flag carrier said was supposed to implement the next phase of its restructuring program, starting with the spin off of its inflight catering services; airport services, including ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling and ramp handling; and call center reservations at the close of business hours on May 31.

Bautista emphasized that PAL needs to pursue the restructuring plan due to several factors that are beyond the airline’s control. These include unabated liberalization of the commercial aviation industry to the detriment of local players like PAL; the worldwide economic recession that led to a crippling slowdown in passenger traffic; record-high oil prices in 2008-2009 and the continuing increase in the price of aviation fuel, which account for nearly half of PAL’s operating expenses; downgrade of the Philippine aviation sector to Category II by the United States that prevents PAL from using brand new long-range aircraft or increasing flights to the US; and the subsequent blacklisting of Philippine carriers by the European Union, ruining the reputation of even those airlines with outstanding safety records like PAL.

He cited PAL’s financial situation which continues to deteriorate, with the company sustaining over $350 million (or more than P15 billion) in losses during the last two fiscal years. Its equity has also dropped precipitously to a little over $1.1 million as of February.

“For our fiscal year ending March this year, it will still be a loss,” said Bautista. In spite of this predicament, PAL posted “better-than-expected” revenues for January and February this year.
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PAL's return to Saudi 'successful'
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Posted at 05/27/2010 6:01 PM | Updated as of 05/27/2010 6:01 PM


MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines' resumption of flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the biggest economy in the Middle East, is "successful," its chief executive said on Thursday.

PAL President Jaime Bautista said the airline has been generating a high load factor of 80%. Load factor pertains to the number of seats occupied during a flight.


"The feedback was positive and the demand is there. Our load factor is 80%," Bautista said.

PAL started servicing its Riyadh, Saudi Arabia route last March 28 after 4 years of absence in the country. It last flew to Riyadh on March 2, 2006, after which the service was suspended for commercial reasons.

The flag carrier's return has been welcomed by Filipino expatriates, numbering about 2 million, one of the largest foreign communities working there.

"Our market is the more on the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers). There is a large Filipino community there," said Bautista, adding that Filipinos prefer to fly home via PAL because it has a direct flight to Manila.

PAL's non-stop service to Saudi will operate 4 times weekly, with flight PR 658 departing Manila every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:20 p.m. It arrives in Riyadh at 11:00 p.m. (Riyadh time).

The return service, through PR 659, departs Riyadh at 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Monday, and arrives in Manila at 3:00 p.m.
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Mactan airport gets 'high grades' in first full-scale emergency drill
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CEBU CITY, May 30 (PNA) - The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) got "high grades" from evaluators of its first full-scale emergency exercise held Friday, boosting the country’s second busiest airport’s bid to regain a higher rating in airworthiness.

Some 100 personnel from various agencies showed how to rescue passengers from a site with a burning fuselage after a crash landing at the northwest end of the runway.

Evaluator Camilla Taylor of Cathay Pacific noted how the groups worked together to address a "very chaotic" situation.

Another evaluator, Jeong Joon Hwang of Asiana Airlines, said people involved were well-trained and the whole exercise was well-organized.

Jun Pilapil, president of Mactan Airline Operators Council, said it was "perfect for a first time."

MCIAA Assistant General Manager Romeo Bersonda believes the drill, which lasted for almost an hour, "went well" and he is hopeful the airport will regain this year the "Category 1" status in airworthiness.

The holding of the Mactan Crash and Rescue Exercise is a requirement for the airport to be certified as Category I by the aviation authority.

Agnes Undang, area manager of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), said the rescue and safety exercise is one of the areas to be assessed for the issuance of a certificate.

Undang hopes MCIAA will regain the Category I status this year, after it slid to Category 2 last year.

During the drill, eight groups, namely, the MCIAA Rescue and Firefighting Division, airport police, Medical Services Division, PNP Aviation Security Group, the airlines' representatives, Bureau of Quarantine, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Air Force, were the ones that initially responded.

Various medical teams and rescue groups also responded to three emergency codes involving the evacuation of slightly injured passengers 200 meters away from the "crash site," attending to injured passengers and giving immediate medical attention to seriously injured passengers.

In the simulation, those waving black flags - representing the casualties - were the last ones to be airlifted out of the area.

"This is an international way to rescue survivors," said Dr. Pek Eng Lim of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF).

The practice, he said, is to bring hospital services inside tents put up near the crash site.

After giving first aid or doing minor surgery inside the tents, the teams will airlift those seriously injured to nearby hospitals.

Bersonda said the exercise will also prepare the personnel of all responding units for conducting a quick and efficient rescue operation.

Even if the airport is certified, Bersonda said it is still required to conduct the exercise once in two years.

MCIAA, Bersonda admitted, is still classified as "Category 2" after it was downgraded last year.

The International Civil Aviation Organization and its local counterpart CAAP evaluate the "airworthiness" of airports.

"We have to audit them on safety requirements based on standards," said Undang.

"Hopefully this year we can regain our original status," she added. (PNA)
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LOCAL BUDGET CARRIER CEBU PACIFIC said it would start flying to Brunei Darussalam by the third quarter of the year as part of an aggressive expansion program to help the company cope with challenges in the air travel sector.

In a statement, the Gokongwei-led airline said it would start twice-a-week flights to the Southeast Asian state from Manila on Aug. 21.

“We hope this will give more opportunities to travel to and from Brunei, for visiting family and friends over the weekend or for business travel. With our trademark low fares, convenient twice weekly schedule and constant seat sales, we expect there will be a big demand for Cebu Pacific flights to Brunei,” said company vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

This will make Cebu Pacific the only local carrier that flies to Brunei.

Cebu Pacific also announced an introductory promo for its Brunei flights. An initial batch of one-way tickets to Brunei will be sold for P899, or about 68-percent less than the regular price of P2,899. The sale period starts Wednesday and ends on June 4.

“Naming our 15th international destination is one more step toward our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region,” she said.

The company’s five-year expansion program, which was announced earlier this year, involves the purchase of a total of 22 new 150-seater Airbus A320 aircraft until 2014. This will beef up the company’s fleet to 51 planes.

Three of the new planes are scheduled to arrive this year, while another three are scheduled for 2011. Four planes will arrive in 2012, seven in 2013 and five in 2014. All aircraft are estimated to cost about $1.4 billion.

The purchase will be funded with a combination of loans from foreign export credit agencies, internally generated funds and the proceeds of a planned sale of company shares to the public.
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MANILA, June 16 (PNA) -- Asia’s third-largest low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), further strengthens its Cebu and Davao hubs by adding more frequencies and encouraging more travel with a P699 "Go Lite" seat sale on June 16-18, 2010 for travel between July 1 and August 31.

Those taking direct flights from Cebu to 18 domestic destinations can also avail themselves of the "Go Lite" seat sale fare of P699.

These destinations are Bacolod, Boracay, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban and Zamboanga.

Likewise, those traveling from Davao to Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro can avail of the same P699 fare.

CEB is also highlighting flights from Manila to Pagadian, Surigao and Ozamiz in a P999 "Go Lite" seat sale, with the same sale and travel periods.

Manila-Macau flights and Clark-Macau flights are also up for grabs for only P1,499 and P999, respectively. Passengers with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking.

Meanwhile, additional frequencies for CEB’s Cebu and Davao hubs are slated for Cebu-Ozamiz flights from thrice weekly to daily starting July 15.

Starting November 24, Cebu-Bacolod and Cebu-Boracay flights will become twice daily. Cebu-General Santos and Cebu-Puerto Princesa flights will also become daily, an increase from its former four times and three times weekly frequency.

Moreover, Zamboanga flights from Cebu and Davao will be upgraded from a 72-seater ATR aircraft to a 156-seater Airbus A319 starting November 24.

“Being the largest airline in the Philippines, we are committed to offering more travel options and flights to our passengers,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

For booking and inquiries, passengers can call (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888 or visit www.cebupacificair.com or http://funtours.cebupacificair.com.

Based on Civil Aeronautics Board data, CEB overtook Philippine Airline’s passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2010, making it the largest airline in the Philippines.

CEB operates the youngest aircraft fleet in the country, and garnered a 91.8 percent on-time performance in the first quarter of 2010.
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CX move to T3 by June deferred
Business Lounge not Ready

June 16, 2010

Manila - Cathay Pacific announced Tuesday that it is not moving to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at least for the month of June following delays in planning permissions to construct its own business lounges at Manila airports' newest Terminal.

The Philippines largest foreign carrier by passenger traffic, said that there June transfer is deferred for another month because the construction of its own lounge is still in progress.

Two other foreign airlines which planned to transfer at Terminal 3 by June also suffered the same fate as regulatory delays put a brake on their time frame as they also require construction of exclusive lounges which are still under construction and cannot be finished by June 30.

Atty. Melvin Matibag, General Manager of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said they would try to convince the other two airlines to moved to Terminal 3 by June 30 even without the exclusive lounges in a bid to credit accomplishment to administration of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“They can actually move to Terminal 3. The facilities at the terminal like baggage handling, passenger check-in, and air bridges are all ready,” said Matibag.

“Cathay insists that they wants to build a lounge first before they move. That’s going to take some time,” he said.

“It doesn’t look like they can move by the end of the month. But were hoping to persuade the other two to relocate by June 30 hopefully” Matibag adds.

The airport manager declined to name the other two airlines except that one is a regional airline from Asia Pacific and the other from the Middle East. A lounge however is being built at terminal 3 with Singapore Airlines as its tenant.

MIAA will meet with the relocating airlines this week about the progress of the construction work as well as talk with other international airlines to consider using Terminal 3.

Terminal 3 has a design capacity of 13 million passengers and currently handles more than 7 million passengers in 2009. It is occupied by low cost carriers Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines Express.
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Decongesting NAIA
A Solomonic Solution

Written by Recto L. Mercene

June 12, 2010

Aviation as a major engine of growth of any developed or developing country has long been accepted as fact. Those countries that consider their aviation sectors as jewels in their economic crown boast of healthy airline revenues, boosted by tourism and related business activities.

We need not look further than our Asian neighbors who have prioritized their airport development and seen the effects on tourist traffic; Hong Kong with 17 million; Bangkok, 14.5 million; Kuala Lumpur, 17 million; Singapore, 9.7 million; Vietnam, 5 million; while Taiwan has 4.4 million, although tourism is not its main strength.

The Philippines has registered a paltry 3.5 million tourists for 2009, according to Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) general manager Melvin Matibag.

The Problem

For the last 10 years, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) has grappled with a seemingly insoluble problem: How to increase the volume of air traffic in the presence of so-called General Aviation (GenAv) in their midst.

All of the first-class airports that we know of handle only purely commercial traffic or scheduled airlines. Their GenAv, which is composed of privately operated aircraft, charter, air taxi and flying schools, have been relocated away from their main airports, according to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) director general Alfonso Cusi.

An analogy of mixing GenAv planes with purely commercial jet operations in an airport would be like having a Formula One racing circuit, with cars speeding at 200 kph, and throwing in a jeepney on the same track and allowing it to putt-putt at a leisurely 80 kph to wreck the whole show.

“It is almost embarrassing that this [Naia] is a national airport of the Philippines, and it looks like a provincial airport. It does not look like Singapore, Thailand or Hong Kong,” says Gary Kingshott, a senior adviser of Cebu Pacific.

Kingshsott has been in aviation since 1990 and has worked for various airlines in Australia, India, and now the Philippines. His expertise has always been on the commercial side of the airline, not the operational side.

Looking at the Naia and studying the aircraft movement per hour, he came to the conclusion that the volume of traffic will remain the same, at about 35 aircraft per hour, for as long as GenAv traffic remains mixed with commercial traffic.

“It takes just as long to launch a small aircraft as [it is] to launch a large aircraft,” he said, and seeing the current Naia operations, he concluded that the country is not taking full advantage of its investments in infrastructure.

“In a large Asian country such as the Philippines, you have to think of an airport that can serve the economic need of that country. General aviation is taking up something like 20 percent to 25 percent of all the takeoff and landing slots,” he said.

Actually, the figure is 25 percent to 30 percent, according to Cusi.

Director Willy Borja, chief of Air Traffic Services, said the Naia currently handles 65 percent of all landings and takeoff, while the domestic airport deals with the remaining 35 percent.

For an average total of 553 aircraft movement daily, that translates into 450 aircraft on Naia’s Runway 06-24, and 103 aircraft at the Manila Domestic Airport’s Runway 13-31, home to GenAv operations.

There are 1,800 registered GenAv aircraft in the Philippines as of January 2009, according to Capt. Nestor Pasano, the chief of the Flight Operations Safety Inspections. These include twin-engine executive jets, single-engine trainers, twin-engine prewar planes like the C-45, helicopters and airplanes operated by flying schools.

In 2009 GenAv generated gross revenues of P52 million, according to Matibag. This is a miniscule sum compared with that contributed by commercial airlines. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific alone pay billions of pesos in yearly taxes to the Naia. We have to include some 20 members of the Airline Operators Council (AOC), each contributing an average of P1-million revenue to the Naia’s coffers.

The alternative

Ten years ago, because of the traffic congestion at the Naia, the AOC had proposed moving Gen-Av to a further location, such as Santa Rosa, Laguna. The idea was abandoned. As a result, the most feasible and logical airport to relocate Gen-Av is Sangley Point in Cavite. This was the site of a former American fleet of submarine hunters, the P3 Orion airplanes, up until the American bases were still allowed in the country until 1991. Sangley Airport is where the 15th Strike Wing of the Air Force, comprising of OV-10 “Bronco” and MG-520 attack helicopters, is currently based.

Kingshott contends that with GenAV out of the way, it would be easy to increase traffic volume at the Naia, even without a parallel runway, which is the current vogue in the world.

He said Melbourne Airport in Australia has almost the same X-like configuration runway at the Naia, but in the absence of GenAv, it can still handle 30 percent to 40 percent of air traffic.

“La Guardia in New York and San Diego in California are very similar to Manila, but if you look at those airports, you can see a large difference in volumes of traffic being processed,” Kingshott added.

“All successfully managed airports in the world handle purely commercial flights,” Kingshott said, asking a rhetorical question: “When was the last time that Hong Kong allowed a small Cessna plane to land or take off at the Chep Lap Kok Airport? When was the last time Bangkok, Taiwan, Vietnam or Kuala Lumpur permitted a 20-seater airplane to land or take off on their runways?”

It was decades ago, Kingshott answered his own question.

With purely commercial jets in operation, arrivals and departures are geared to maximum capacity of about one aircraft per minute.

At the Naia, however, we could see a B747 “jumbo jet” with a landing speed of about 160 mph, following a lumbering twin-engine C-45, loaded with marine products from the Visayas, landing at a leisurely 60 kph.

The situation is almost laughable but it remains a reality, Kingshott observes.

Unfortunately, upgrading Sangley Point for GenAv use will take time, although at present, the Light Rail Transit from Baclaran is being extended to Bacoor, Cavite. There are also plans to reclaim Manila Bay all the way to Cavite. If ever the matter is pursued, the project can take years before it is realized, according to airport sources.

To be more effective in utilizing its present resources, Kingshott suggests improving the returns from existing assets. “Because if you put in larger aircraft, first of all, you charge the airlines more in takeoff and landing fees.

“Logic tells you that if you can replace an aircraft that carries six people with an aircraft that carries 300 people, it’s a better use of assets.”

He added that “if the landing and takeoff slot is five minutes, what is the maximum value he could get out of those five minutes of runway time?”

“And it takes a six-seater plane sitting on the runway as much time as a big aircraft,” he pointed out.

In Sydney, he said, the authorities there remedied the problem by the “pricing” approach, which involves charging the same amount of landing and takeoff fees, regardless of the aircraft size.

We can already hear the howls of protests from GenAv if the idea is adopted here.

Kingshott suggests to aviation authorities at the Caap and the Naia to do some fact-checking, gather the data and see what would come out of this proposal.

The other idea being bandied about is to transfer the Naia to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Dmia).

Airport sources said this is another long-shot deal, knowing that all the infrastructure needed to connect the Naia to the Dmia is practically nonexistent.

There is no high-speed train, no eight-lane highway, no international passenger and no cargo terminal at the Dmia to handle all the operations currently existing at the Naia.

Former President Ramos, during an interview, said that in his time, he had proposed connecting Naia 3 with a light-rail transit to a proposed Grand Central Terminal at Fort Bonifacio. From there, Naia passengers could simply take a high-speed train to the Dmia, the way passengers in Japan take the Shinkanshen, or bullet train, from Tokyo to Narita Airport in an hour.

Ramos’s idea did not materialize until he left office in 1998.

The other solution forwarded to the Naia was to remove the houses at a portion of the Merville Subdivision, where there used to be space reserved for a runway parallel to the current 06-24.

However, the area reserved for a parallel runway had been taken over by a housing subdivision, and Merville residents would surely not take it sitting down. The government would have to grapple with hundreds of temporary restraining orders from angry residents, Cusi said.

The Solomonic solution

Former Miaa manager Cusi, meanwhile, is proposing a Solomonic solution.

First, he said that it would be downright impractical and difficult to remove GenAv considering that most of their members are “captains of industry.”

Before and after WWII, these pioneers of Philippine business and industry used their money and talent to map and explore the country’s vast resources, which could be tapped and turned into export products.

We could name minerals, timber, agricultural products, marine products, plywood, hemp, tobacco, sugar, coconut and practically every export products that were successfully developed through the labors and ingenuity of these pioneers.

They mapped the country’s mountains and forests through aerial photographs, built their own private strips, brought in their airplanes for the job, and now we have an extensive GenAv that caters to practically every aspect of our social and cultural life.

Cusi said old family names like Ayala, Soriano, Cojuangco, and newcomers like Tan, Alvarez, Mitra and Enrile, to name a few, would be names to reckon with if someone were to ask the private and corporate aircraft operators to leave their present location at the GenAv compound of the Manila Domestic Airport.

The GenAv hangars here also speak of the country’s who’s who, such as those of the Philippine National Bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Meralco, Aboitiz, PLDT, Banco de Oro, Delta Air and many others.

According to Cusi, commercial aviation and GenAv can coexist, according to his plan.

“I have already made an initial study, and I found out that the present Taxiway 06-24 could be made into a runway parallel to Runway 06-24,” Cusi revealed.

With the same length of 3.5 kilometers, it would simply be a matter of realigning Runway 06-24 so that it would move further south of Taxiway 06-24, so that there would be enough distance between them for an Airbus A380 to land and take off.

When the A380 landed at the Naia a few years ago, other aircraft parked at the time of its touchdown were not allowed to move out because of space constraints.

“There is enough space near the perimeter fence and the Merville Subdivision to move the present Runway 06-26 closer there and, at the same time, strengthen both runways to be able to take in the much bigger and heavier A380,” Cusi noted.

“It would cost about P2 billion and 18 months to build,” Cusi said, adding that he would soon talk with Matibag for a detailed study of his plans.

Maria Lourdes Reyes, the chairman of the AOC, lauded Cusi’s proposal, saying that they would give their full support for such a move to construct parallel runways at the Naia.

Cusi and Matibag were part of the same team that convinced Cebu Pacific to transfer and use the Terminal 3, which is now effectively utilized. However, given the way politics are run here, both airport headmen are at the mercy of the incoming administration. However, even if Cusi’s term as Caap boss is not coterminous with President Arroyo’s since he was appointed with a four-year term to expire in 2014, he said he would still submit a courtesy resignation to the incoming Aquino administration.
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Kalibo Terminal Opens June 15
June 12, 2010

Kalibo International Airport will be opening its newly expanded terminal building on June 15.

The P80 million expansion works is set to accommodate 1 million passengers annually. The airport currently handled 646,075 domestic and foreign travelers in 2009 from seven domestic and international airlines.

Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez said airport capacity will be good for the next 10 years based on current DOTC projections.

The new terminal building is set to compliment the original terminal which was refurbished and joined with the new one. Expansion works began two years ago by International Builders Corporation.

Kalibo International Airport serviced 5,203 domestic flights and 360 regional flights from Korea, Taiwan and mainland China says airport manager Engr. Percy Malonesio.

The airport is the 8th largest airport in the Philippines in terms of passenger traffic based on the data compiled by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).
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Tan not selling PAL
Denies Rumors for good!

June 11, 2010

Manila - Lucio C. Tan is not about to give up Philippine Airlines (PAL) despite burgeoning losses, labor problems, and stiff competition from budget airlines.

“Not for sale,” Mr. Tan, chairman of PAL Holdings, Inc., said Thursday after Eton Properties Philippines, Inc.’s annual stockholders’ meeting in Makati.


First Pacific Co. LTD. of Hong Kong headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan was in talks with one of the sons of tycoon Lucio Tan to pursue his take-over bid for PAL but the offer fizzled out when the mogul said no to one of the Philippines largest business conglomerate.

PAL has been on the red for the past three fiscal years with consolidated losses over $350 million, or P15 billion.

Adding to its woes is the decline of international passenger traffic due to worldwide economic recession and the stiff competition offered by budget carrier like Cebu Pacific, which recently surpassed PAL as the dominant domestic carrier of the country flying 2.35 million passengers in the first quarter of this year as compared to PAL's 2.34 million.

The airline wants to lay off 3,000 workers and outsource non-core operations to cut losses. In its restructuring program, the airline wanted to spinoff the inflight catering services; airport services, including ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling and ramp handling; and call-center reservations at the close of business hours on May 31. But the plan was put on hold by the Labor Department last April until the labor dispute with the PAL Employees Association is resolved.

PAL had net loss of $40.2 million for nine months of its current fiscal year, narrower than the $330.2 million reported the previous year.
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Dole upholds PAL spin-off
June 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor (DOLE) has upheld the legality of the spin-off/outsourcing plan of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) that would transfer three of the airline’s non-core units to third party service providers.

In a 32-page decision penned by Acting Labor Secretary Romeo C. Lagman, DOLE ruled that PAL’s planned outsourcing/spin-off “are based on lawful ground and all in a valid exercise of managerial prerogative and as such is valid and lawful in all respects.”


The June 15 DOLE order will directly affect over 2,600 PAL workers belonging to the airlines’ Call Center Reservations, In-Flight Catering and Airport Services units.

In dismissing the PAL union’s claim of unfair labor practice, the Labor department said the continuing losses suffered by PAL point to no other conclusion than the intended spin-off/outsourcing “is reasonably necessary.”

In a statement, PAL said it welcomes the DOLE decision insofar as it recognizes PAL’s financial troubles and the need to spin-off non-core services as part of its survival strategy.

“With the DOLE decision, PAL must now focus on the tough challenge of surviving the crisis and competing amidst a difficult operating environment. To do this, PAL must implement various revenue enhancement and cost control initiatives that includes outsourcing,” the airline said.

The DOLE decision also confirmed PAL’s offer to grant separation pay equivalent to one month salary for every year of service to all affected PAL workers.

“We are glad that the Company [PAL] has prevailed upon the service providers to initially hire the workers who would be separated by the closure of In-Flight Catering Operations, the Airport Service Operations and the Call Center Reservations Operations. However, the hiring of these workers shall be subject to the qualification, terms, and conditions laid down respectively by the service providers for admission to employment,” DOLE stressed.

The labor department also upheld PAL’s position that reorganization, as a cost saving device is acknowledged by jurisprudence. “An employer is not precluded from adopting a new policy conducive to more economical and effective management, and the law does not require that the employer should be suffering financial losses before he can terminate the services of an employee on the ground of redundancy,” DOLE said, citing a previous Supreme Court decision.

To assure customers of continuing service, PAL said that airline operations remain normal.
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