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Old November 4th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #801
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Air Philippines Express Flies to Legaspi and Tagbilaran
Reintroduces Ozamiz and Catarman

By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
October 22, 2010

Airphil Express started its Manila-Legazpi-Manila flights Thursday.

The country's fastest growing low-cost carrier adds premier South Luzon destination Legazpi City to its growing roster of routes with fares starting at P850 one way (exclusive of taxes).

“This is in response to the unmet demand for air travel in the Bicol region," according to Maria Java, Airphil Express' Vice President for Marketing and Media.

"Buses to and from South Luzon are packed to the hilt, take a whole day and cost as much as an airline seat. Airphil Express addresses this demand by assigning its most efficient aircraft to the route, the brand new Airbus A320 that allows us to serve Legazpi in world-class comfort, safety and efficiency for as low as your bus fare.”

“With the delivery of the second of four Airbus A320's coming in this year, Airphil Express can now respond to growing low cost air transportation demand," she went on. "Today alone, we launch 4 new destinations simultaneously. Apart from daily flights from Manila to Legazpi, APX now flies out of Manila direct to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Out of our Cebu headquarters, we are launching direct flights to Ozamis. Lastly, we launch Cebu-Catarman as well.”

Airphil Express has started daily flights to Bohol for as low as P1,008 one way, exclusive of taxes, cheaper than the boat fare heading for Manila from Tagbilaran. Vacationers, mostly European tourists, favor Bohol especially at end of the year when the cold hits the west. Most go to Panglao island.

“Bohol is the professional vacationers favorite mini-break destination," according to Maria Java, Airphil Express Vice President for Marketing and Media.

Airphil Express APX flies Manila to Tagbilaran daily at 9:40 a.m. and leaves Tagbilaran back for Manila at 11:25 a.m.

In its efforts to remain consumer-focused and community specific in its approach to its aggressive expansion, the burgeoning low cost player is zeroing in the traditional bus and ship going market, essentially growing its own loyal base of passengers.

“Because we have remained dedicated to the individual passenger and his flight experience with us, Airphil Express is seeing a consistent return of passengers to its rosters. We expect to see Legazpi's bus going public flying with us to and from Legazpi.” Java added.

The choice of a larger aircraft servicing the Legazpi route will allow APX clients to load more baggage or cargo at considerably more reasonable rates. Airphil Express is still the only low cost carrier that gives 15 kilos free baggage. Beyond that, a minimal cost of P100 per kilo is charged.

APX flies to Legazpi, leaving Manila at 12:10 noon daily, arriving in Legazpi at 1:10 p.m. The return flight to Manila leaves Legazpi at 1:40 p.m. and arrives at Manila's NAIA Terminal 3 at 2:40 p.m.

Starting December 1, a second daily flight will ensue, flying out of Manila at 8:20 a.m. and leaving Legazpi at 9:50 a.m.
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PAL workers prefer job security, not P1-M separation benefits

PAL workers prefer job security, not P1-M separation benefits


By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:50:00 11/05/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Where will P1 million get you if you don’t have a job?

The ground crew union of Philippine Airlines (PAL) Thursday said it was fighting for job security and not for a higher separation pay, in response to the PAL management announcement that retrenched employees would be getting almost P1 million in separation benefits.

The retrenched ground crew members may indeed be getting almost P1 million, but they will become contractual employees and could end up jobless after only a few months, said Gerry Rivera, the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) president.

“Job security is priceless and cannot be bought by P1 million worth of separation. Such entitlements may well be above the separation pay mandated by law and our collective bargaining agreement but it nonetheless cannot provide for a decent life to those facing the prospect of long-term unemployment,” Rivera said in a statement.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) early this week approved PAL’s decision to lay off 2,600 employees as a result of the planned sale of its in-flight catering, airport services and call center reservation operations.

The employees to be retrenched, who represent half of PAL’s entire labor force, are to be absorbed by the service providers that will be taking over the services that PAL will be outsourcing.

Rivera disputed the claim of PAL management and the DoLE that none of the affected workers would end up jobless.

“All the employees to be retrenched by PAL may be absorbed by the service providers but only as contractuals. We are not assured of being regular workers in the service providers,” he said.

“As contractuals, we would enjoy no security of tenure and thus can be legally fired at the whim of the service providers. Without a union, we would have no protection and no voice as employees in the service providers,” he added.

Rivera said that they will be doing exactly the same work at the service providers “but for cheaper wages, fewer benefits, no security of tenure and no protection of a union.”

“Where is the justice in that? If this is not contractualization, then what is it?” Rivera said.

PALEA also accused PAL president Jaime Bautista of “engaging in doublespeak” and insisted it was PAL workers and not management who was “being forced to swallow the bitter pill.”
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PAL seeks additional loan for working capital needs

PAL seeks additional loan for working capital needs

BY DARWIN G AMOJELAR SENIOR REPORTER

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) said it will borrow billions in pesos from several banks to finance its working capital for the next fiscal year ending March 2012. Jose Gabriel Olives, PAL chief finance officer told reporters that if business continues the way it is right now, “we may still have to raise some additional working capital maybe another P2.5 billion or $50 million next year.”

Olives said the borrowing for next year is on top of the P2.5 billion that the company will raise this year to finance the severance package of the 2,600 PAL employees that would be retrenched under a spin-off of the flag-carrier’s three non-core businesses.

PAL plans to borrow from state-run Development Bank of the Philippines and Land Bank of the Philippines to fund the P2.5 billion severance package.

The affected units are in-flight catering services, airport services (including ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling, and ramp handling) and call center reservations.

For next year’s borrowing, Olives said,” We have not finalized anything. We are in discussion with several local banks.”

The executive said the airline’s normal capital expenditure amounts to $50 million a year to finance maintenance and replacement.

But with the delivery of two Boeing 777-300 ERs in 2012 and another two in 2013, Olives said PAL has to start putting up pre-delivery payment starting 2012.

“Normally the down payment will range anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent. The lease price of the planes should be around $200 million, he said.

Olives also said the company will continue the implementation of the increase in its authorized capital stock from P16 billion to P20 billion, divided into 100 billion shares in preparation for the entry of new investors.

“We will still proceed to that . . . we didn’t implement it because there were no investors,” he said.

Talks with possible investors, however, were put on hold because of the airline’s labor disputes.

PAL aims to be profitable in its next fiscal year after incurring a $14.4-million loss for its fiscal year ending March 2010.

In the first quarter ending June, the flag-carrier recorded a profit of $31.6 million, or 11 percent lower than the previous year.

Revenues went up by 30 percent to $426.7 million from the previous year’s $327.7 million.

PAL sought rehabilitation in 1998 after racking up $2.12 billion in debts. It brought down its liabilities to about $1 billion since entering corporate receivership and emerged from rehabilitation after recording a profit in 2007.
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PAL warns employees vs going on strike

PAL warns employees vs going on strike

By Mayen Jaymalin and Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) Updated November 09, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (1)

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) yesterday warned employees against going on strike, but assured that the company would look into allegations that some managers were coercing the union members to accept the retirement offer.

Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesman, said the employees cannot go on strike until the Department of Labor and Employment has finally resolved their complaints against the management. “Although the workers filed a notice of strike, they cannot immediately go on strike until DOLE has established the legality of their allegation,” Villaluna said. Until this time, Villaluna said, DOLE is still establishing the basis of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA’s) notice of strike.

During yesterday’s conciliation meeting called by the DOLE’s National Conciliation and Mediation Board, PALEA representatives explained their reasons for filing a notice of strike. PALEA officers said they opted to file a notice of strike because some of the PAL managers were coercing the employees to accept the retirement package and allow the company to close down three of its departments.

According to Villaluna, the two parties are set to meet again on Thursday during which the PAL management intends to explain their side on the planned spin-off.

Villaluna assured PAL passengers that the airline’s operations remained normal until this time, with all the 2,604 employees to be affected by the planned layoff still reporting for work until this time. “Strikes do not happen overnight and the PAL management would take all legal remedies to prevent such from happening,” Villaluna said.

“Even with the challenges the company is facing, flight bookings have not been affected and there is no abandonment of duty among the employees,” she added.

Villaluna, however, assured that the company would investigate PALEA’s allegations of individual bargaining, or that some of the company managers tried to coerced employees to accept the DOLE’s decision. “The management will confirm if there’s truth to alleged individual bargaining by several managers as alleged by PAL,” Villaluna said. But she stressed that the inclusion of some PAL union officers in the planned retrenchment was just a consequence of the planned spinoff and not a union busting effort of the management.

In related developments, the meeting between PAL executives and its employees association was reset Nov. 11 by the NCMB after the latter’s president, Gerry Rivera failed to attend and was represented only by two board members.

The meeting was called yesterday to iron out the conflict between Pal and Palea, after the flag carrier announced last week that it is following the decision of the DOLE allowing the airline to terminate some 2,600 employees after it spun off three of its non-core businesses.

Despite the announcement, however, Palea filed a second notice of strike last Friday.

In this connection, about 200 protesters from Partido ng Manggagawa, PALEA, and groups affiliated with the coalition KONTRA picketed the DOLE office yesterday afternoon while a conciliation meeting was being held between PAL management and the ground crew union.
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Philippine Air Says Profit Hinges on ‘Survival Plan,’ Job Cuts

Philippine Air Says Profit Hinges on ‘Survival Plan,’ Job Cuts


November 03, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT
By Chan Sue Ling

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Philippine Airlines Inc. said attempts to make a first profit in three years hinge on a “survival plan” including 2,600 job cuts that have drawn opposition from unions.

“We will have a small profit this year only if we can outsource our ground-handling, catering and call-center services, and get rid of 2,600 employees,” President Jaime Bautista said in a phone interview late yesterday. “I am hopeful that I may be able to do this before the end of December.”

Bautista needs to overcome protests from ground-handling workers to complete outsourcing plans, while also tackling a separate labor row with cabin crew. The carrier, Asia’s oldest, has posted losses of $312 million over the past two fiscal years because of wrong-way bets on fuel prices, the global recession and rising competition from Cebu Air Inc.

Bautista declined to say how much savings the survival plan will generate. The carrier’s net losses shrank to $14.3 million in the year ended March, from $297.8 million a year earlier. Bautista said in August that the carrier may miss its profit target this year after 25 pilots quit for jobs elsewhere.

Philippine Air’s ground-crew union said this week it will appeal a decision by the labor department allowing the carrier to terminate employees and outsource their jobs to service providers that would hire them. The government has intervened in the cabin-crew dispute, which centers on pay and benefits, to prevent a strike.

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Operations at Philippine Air’s low-fare affiliate, Air Philippines, are “starting to gain ground,” with around 80 percent of total available seats filled, Bautista said. The budget carrier, which operates four Airbus SAS A320s, will take delivery of two more by year-end. Next year, six more planes will join the fleet followed by another six in 2012, he said.

Philippine Air’s parent PAL Holdings Inc. gained 1 percent to 4.95 pesos at 10:23 a.m. in Manila trading. The company has jumped 75 percent this year.

Philippine Air’s long-haul plans have been disrupted by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration restrictions that prevented it from adding flights and a European Union blacklisting of all Philippine carriers. The government has said it will take steps to improve standards.

The airline has postponed delivery of four twin-aisle Boeing Co. 777-300ERs to 2012 and 2013 because it would “lose money” operating those planes on regional routes, Bautista said. The carrier has a fleet of 39 planes currently, he said.

Philippine Air, along with its discount unit, controls about 47 percent of the domestic market, Bautista said. Cebu Air, which has a fleet of 29 jets, has said its share of the domestic market is almost 50 percent.

The EU this year banned all airlines based in the Philippines from flying in the bloc, citing “serious safety deficiencies” in the regulation of carriers. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2008 lowered the Southeast Asian nation’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 from Category 1 “due to serious concerns” about local regulation of airlines.

--Editors: Neil Denslow, Dave McCombs

To contact the reporter on this story: Chan Sue Ling in Singapore [email protected].

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Neil Denslow at [email protected]
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Assuming PR would like to use a 77W on its MNL-YVR-MNL flights (no LAS), what is preventing it from doing so besides the schedule of the aircraft?
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Assuming PR would like to use a 77W on its MNL-YVR-MNL flights (no LAS), what is preventing it from doing so besides the schedule of the aircraft?
Category 2 is the single biggest reason why they're not flying the 77Ws to the US. Wait for Category 1 to be restored and they have that immediately in their next revision to their timetable.

They can then move the A340s from YVR and HNL to Aussie routes when this happens.

Hopefully Category 1 is restored before the other 2 77Ws arrive...otherwise they'll end up as very expensive shuttle service between the other short to mid-haul destinations the current 77Ws service.
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3 big labor groups fighting PAL ruling

3 big labor groups fighting PAL ruling
Cite ‘clear danger to labor rights’

By Philip Tubeza, Paolo Montecillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:03:00 11/11/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Saying there was a “clear and present danger to labor rights,” the country’s biggest labor groups have set aside their differences to ask President Benigno Aquino III to reverse the labor department’s ruling allowing the retrenchment of 2,600 workers of Philippine Airlines (PAL).

Various labor groups, numbering about 16—from the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) to the moderate Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)—have joined hands in protesting Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz’s decision allowing the retrenchment, Gerry Rivera, PAL Employees’ Association (PALEA) president, said Wednesday.

“We call on the government to take notice of this historic solidarity of the full spectrum of the labor movement to defend regular jobs and to fight labor contractualization,” said Rivera, who is also the vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM).

In a decision promulgated on Oct. 29, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) gave PAL the green light to proceed with the layoff of 2,600 employees to pave the way for outsourcing services.

Baldoz said contracting out services and closing down PAL’s in-flight catering, airport services and call center reservation operations were lawful.

“It is not too late for Malacañang to intervene in the PAL labor row in the interest of safeguarding constitutionally mandated workers’ rights in the face of corporate restructuring,” Rivera said.

Dangerous decision

At a gathering on Monday in Quezon City, leaders of the TUCP, KMU, PM and the Alliance of Progressive Labor and other labor groups agreed on a statement of solidarity with PALEA.

They also condemned the Baldoz ruling as a “clear and present danger to labor rights and may be the last nail on the coffin of job security.”

“This decision is dangerous because it sets aside the PAL-PALEA collective bargaining agreement where it is clearly stated that contracting out the work of regular employees is prohibited,” the unity statement said.

The statement also said that the Baldoz ruling “disregards our jurisprudence and laws and lays out the conditions for the retrenchment of workers even in companies that claim to be losing money.”

Fight of all workers

The statement said the decision would open the door for widespread contractualization. “This could be the last nail on the coffin of job security in our country,” it warned.

“That is why... this is not just a fight of PAL employees. It is also the fight of all Filipino workers. Employers, however big or small, would be emboldened to follow PAL (if Baldoz’s ruling is upheld),” it added.

As a result of the Baldoz ruling, regular employees will be removed and replaced by contractual workers who have lesser pay and benefits and have no job security and union protection, the labor groups said.

Survival

PAL said its plan to cut 2,600 jobs to reduce costs was necessary for the flag carrier’s survival in the competitive aviation industry.

“DoLE upheld not only once, but twice, PAL’s position that the planned spin-off ‘is a matter of sound business judgment … in order to maintain the survival and sound financial health of the company in a globally competitive airline industry,’” PAL president Jaime Bautista said at a hearing by the House committee on labor on Wednesday.

Bautista, who is also PAL’s chief operating officer, said this was spurred by the need to restructure and reduce costs to be “sustainably viable.”

Severance benefits

The outsourcing plan will cost the company P2.5 billion in severance benefits. The company plans to borrow from state-owned banks.

Outsourcing has been done by many airlines worldwide which are now more profitable, as reported by the International Air Transport Association, Bautista said.

PAL has also announced plans to outsource other services such as its medical department.

Bautista said PAL’s massive losses in the last two years amounting to $312 million, or almost P15 billion, necessitated the spin-off to ensure PAL’s continued survival.

Despite the flag carrier’s losses in the last two years, PALEA said the airline’s own disclosures showed it swinging to profitability this year.

PALEA opposed the outsourcing plan, saying that this should only be done as a last resort.

But the management said the sale of the three noncore units was only done as a last resort after 14 major cost-cutting measures proved inadequate to guarantee PAL’s continued operations, Bautista said.

The labor union has filed a notice of strike in protest of the alleged negotiation by PAL management with individual employees, illegally bypassing the union’s leadership.

Other labor groups

Other labor groups that signed the unity statement included the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines, ABS-CBN IJM Union, Associated Labor Unions, Archdiocese of Manila Labor Concerns, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Church Labor Conference.

Fortune Tobacco Labor Union, Liga Manggagawa, Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan, National Federation of Labor, Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon, Public Services Labor Independent Federation, Union Network Philippines, United Filipino Service Workers, United Transport Workers Union, Urban Missionaries and United Transport Workers Union.

Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. attended the meeting and offered to assist in the filing of a case in the Court of Appeals to stop the retrenchment.
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EUROPEAN CARRIER Air France-KLM has elevated its complaints against the Philippines’ "discriminatory" taxes on foreign airlines to the government level, hoping bilateral talks along with planned lobbying in Congress will resolve the matter, ranking executives said on Tuesday.

This tack is being pursued instead of an outright filing of a dispute case at the World Trade Organization which is still a "subject of discussion," said Marnix H. Fruitema, senior vice-president for Asia Pacific at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

In the meantime, the company may reconsider operations here as profit margins are being wiped out by the country’s common carrier tax and gross Philippine billings tax, said Cees Ursem, KLM’s general manager for the South China sea division.

"Our governments are fully aware. We have our governments talk with the Philippines," Mr. Ursem said in an interview, referring to the ongoing tax dispute.

Under the National Internal Revenue Code, international air carriers must pay a 5.5% tax on revenues broken down as a 3% common carrier tax on their gross receipts and a 2.5% tax on all cargo and passenger revenues "originating from the Philippines in an uninterrupted flight, irrespective of the place of sale or issue...of the ticket."

The Tourism department itself has noted that this tax policy is unique to the Philippines.

KLM is the only remaining carrier that flies direct between Manila and Europe. It celebrates its 60th anniversary in the Philippines next year.

"And a number of congressmen are aware of this. We will look for support within Congress and Senate. The government is aware we don’t have such a long time," Mr. Ursem added.

"We have the fullest confidence it (the tax issue) will come in order," Mr. Fruitema said.

Batangas Rep. Hermilando I. Mandanas (2nd district), chairman of the House of Representatives ways and means committee, could not be immediately reached for comment. But he had earlier said he would file a bill to address foreign airlines’ concern on this matter.

For now, complying with Philippine tax laws has meant the carrier has enjoyed little to no margins from its operations here, the officials claimed.

"The margin in our industry in the good years is 5%-7%. If you have to pay 5.5% tax, what you earn is gone. You might as well close shop," Mr. Fruitema said.

The picture is worse, said Mr. Ursem, as the profit margin for Philippine operations is "negative," with other regional flights subsidizing costs here.

The carrier’s revenues from the Philippines are expected to flatten this year from 2009, in contrast to the 20% growth expected from its Asia-Pacific operations, the officials said.

"We can’t say definitely [we will stay here]. We will take [the tax issue] step by step with fullest confidence it will be solved soon. If it continues like this, we will reconsider," Mr. Fruitema said.

It is keen on resolving the issue and remain in the Philippines, however, as the company enjoys a niche of having the only "nonstop product to Europe," he said.

"[Connecting flights] is not the idea for Manila. I’m not sure the customer will like it," he said.

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Aquino intervenes in PAL labor row

Aquino intervenes in PAL labor row

By Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 09:12:00 11/12/2010


TOKYO, Japan – President Benigno Aquino III admitted that he has intervened in the labor dispute at the Philippine Airlines and said there were "promising" signs that ground workers may not end up going on strike.

Shortly after arriving here for the 18th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders meeting in Yokohama, the President said he was brokering talks between PAL management and its employees.

The President said before coming here to attend the Apec summit that he met early this week with "several individuals to include representatives from the labor sector and PAL management trying to get them closer to a negotiated settlement and ease the fear of both parties."

"We're like the bridge. We're trying to be a bridge and so far there are so many promising signs and I have to wait as to how far they have gone and see what acceptance has been by both parties," he told reporters Thursday night.

Aquino said he expected to get "some word" on the matter today (Friday).

President Aquino said that Malacanang has been "preparing" to intervene into the dispute and said it decided to come in while it had "not yet received the appeal for review of the decision of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz."

"So it's a preemptive meeting even before we got and had the notice and we are preparing," he added.

This development came as PAL management the other day said it had asked the labor department last November 5 to dismiss the strike notice of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA), which was filed before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board.

PALEA filed the notice of strike after Baldoz upheld PAL’s plan to spin off in-flight catering, ground services and call center reservation operations that would lead to the lay off of 2,600 workers.
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President summons PAL official to Palace

by Joyce Pangco Pañares and Vito Barcelo

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Friday he has intervened in the labor row at Philippine Airlines in a bid to reach a negotiated settlement between the flag carrier’s management and its restive ground staff.

“One of last meetings I had for this week was to talk to ... the representatives from the labor sector and PAL management in trying to get them closer to a negotiated settlement and ease the fears of both parties,” Mr. Aquino said.

“We are trying to be a bridge... The signs are promising.”

Mr. Aquino said a meeting with the airline’s chief executive Jaime Bautista in Malacañang Tuesday night was held at the Palace’s initiative.

He described the meeting as “preemptive” since it was scheduled before the officials of the PAL Employees Association appealed the decision of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to allow the airline to spin off its “non-core” operations and lay off some 2,600 ground staff.

The Labor Department has allowed the airline to lay off the 2,600 people when it spins off its ground handling, catering and call center services.

The airline claims it needs to spin off those services to survive as a result of its continuing losses, but its ground staff is fighting to stop the carrier from subcontracting those services.

“Of course, I understand [the union] will also be filing a motion with the Court of Appeals, so that will make it sub judice and will raise issues as to how far and how long we can intervene,” the President said.

Bautista said his meeting with Mr. Aquino and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa was brief and cordial.

“The President spoke his mind about the PAL spin-off and asked many questions on how best to strike a balance between the concerns of workers and management,” he said.

But he said he had not received any official communication from the Palace regarding the scope, nature and effects of the presidential intervention.

“Apparently, Malacañang is waiting for the official communication from [the union],” Bautista said.

“As far as PAL is concerned, we’re also waiting for [the union’s] action on whether it will challenge the [Labor Department’s] decision before the Court of Appeals or the Office of the President.”

Bautista said the spin-off of its ground handling, catering and call center services was legal and stood on solid ground because the Labor Department had upheld it twice.

“We told the President that PAL is exercising its legal right and prerogative to restructure its organization and sell some operating units in accordance with the provisions of the Labor Code and existing jurisprudence,” he said.

“We are retiring 2,600 workers in order to save the jobs of the other 4,000 that will remain in PAL and to ensure continuing service to the nation and PAL’s 10-million passengers.”
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RP passes EU safety audit
By ANJO PEREZ

November 12, 2010, 8:26pm

MANILA, Philippines – “The Philippines has passed the Safety Audit performed by the European Union Safety Inspection Team.”

This was announced by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Alfonso Cusi during a press conference held in Makati City Friday.

Cusi disclosed that the CAAP has addressed most of the serious safety concerns brought up by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that led to the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency declaring the Philippines’ civil aviation system as unsafe.

According to Cusi, the Safety Inspection Team from the European Union spent two weeks in the country to assess the new regulations and changes in the civil aviation system.

Cusi reported that the changes instituted by the CAAP received the approval of the EU safety board.

Cusi’s claim was confirmed by Alic Pair McDonald, the head of delegation of the EU Safety Board, who was also present during the press conference.

With the positive outcome of the assessment, Cusi said that they expect the blacklist poised by the EU on Philippine air carriers from flying to their region, be lifted very soon.

In line with the positive EU finding, Cusi said the CAAP is also expecting a favorable outcome of the upcoming ICAO assessment this December.

“Once the ICAO lifts the Serious Safety Concerns on the Philippines, we expect the FAA to revert the country’s safety category back to “Category 1.” Cusi said.
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Asean connectivity reaches new heights

Looks like good news for ASEAN, and the Philippines Aviation sector as well...

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JAKARTA (Xinhua) - ASEAN connectivity has reached new heights with more flexibility being granted to ASEAN's designated airlines, a statement released by the ASEAN secretariat said here on Friday.

Designated airlines of an ASEAN Member State can soon fly and carry traffic from their respective capitals and any city with international airport in its territory to its counterpart in the other Member States, while ensuring the full third, fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights.

Where the third freedom traffic rights allow an airline to fly and carry traffic from one's own country to another; the fourth gives the reverse; the fifth rights, meanwhile, enable an airline to fly and carry traffic between two foreign countries within ASEAN during flights while the flight originates or ends in one's own country.

This recent liberalization in ASEAN air transportation is a result of the signing of the "ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalization of Passenger Air Services" and its two Protocols by ASEAN's Transport Ministers. The Ministers were attending their 16th Ministerial Meeting in Brunei Darussalam.

The Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, S. Pushpanathan, lauded the Agreement, saying that it will "significantly enhance its air transport competitiveness especially in facilitating air travel among ASEAN cities that ultimately support the tourism industry in the region and enhance the connectivity within ASEAN."

The ASEAN Transport Ministers also approved the "Brunei Action Plan - ASEAN Strategic Transport Cooperation Plan 2011-2015" which will guide ASEAN transport cooperation and integration over the next five years. The Action Plan identifies strategic actions to be implemented over the prescribed period to support the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 as well as the new priority of enhancing regional connectivity identified in the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.

DSG Nathan, on the BAP, said, that it is "a comprehensive document covering all sectors in transport cooperation that would complement the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity."

To prepare the region for entering into similar air services arrangements with external parties, the Ministers also agreed on the "Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ASEAN's Air Services Engagement with Dialogue Partners". The MOU recognises the integrity, solidarity and integration of ASEAN as priority in the implementation of such agreements between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners.

Not only have ASEAN Member States expanded its skies to each other, they have also given more space to one of its Dialogue Partners, China. The Member States agreed to allow ASEAN designated airlines to fly and carry traffic from any city with an international airport in its territory, to its counterpart in China - and vice versa - with full third and fourth freedom traffic rights.

The "ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement" is the first agreement on open skies between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partner, allowing easier access to East Asia. It was signed at the 9th ASEAN and China Transport Ministers Meeting that followed the ASEAN Transport Ministers' Meeting.

"This Agreement with China is the first agreement that would further improve extra-ASEAN connectivity with our partner, China," said DSG Nathan. He added that it would contribute to the establishment of ASEAN-China Free Trade Area and increase flow tourist traffic between ASEAN and China as well as enhance trade.

ASEAN and China also signed a second agreement, an MOU on ASEAN- China Maritime Consultation Mechanism, at their Meeting. Through this MOU, ASEAN-China would strengthen ASEAN-China friendly relationship and cooperation in the maritime sector, covering the areas of port state control, marine environmental protection against pollution, maritime transport security, aids to navigation, seafarers training and certification, and marine casualties and marine incident investigation, through among others, sharing experience and capacity building.

In conjunction with the 16th ASEAN Transport Ministers' Meeting and the 9th ASEAN and China Transport Ministers Meeting, the 8th ASEAN and Japan Transport Ministers Meeting and the 2nd ASEAN and Republic of Korea Transport Ministers Meeting were also held.
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Domestic air passenger, cargo traffic up as of September

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Domestic air passenger, cargo traffic up as of September


THE NUMBER of people and cargo transported by air around the Philippines increased in the nine months to September from a year ago, data the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) released yesterday showed.

Specifically, the data showed that total number of passengers increased by a tenth to 12.26 million from 11.09 million, while cargo rose by a bigger 34.33% to 134.81 million kilograms from 100.36 million kg.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) carried 4.09 million passengers, 11.66% less than 4.63 million last year, but 20% more cargo at 53.45 million kg from 44.55 kg. Its load factor -- or the percentage of available seats that were actually occupied -- rose slightly to 79% from 78%.

PAL sister firm Air Philippines flew 1.12 million passengers, more than triple than 320,651 last year, and 4.78 million kg of cargo, nearly eight times more than the 605,913 kg recorded the same period last year. Its load factor dipped to 69% from 74%.

Cebu Pacific Air carried 5.98 million passengers, up 11.99% from 5.34 million, and 66.84 million kg of cargo, a 27.7% increase from 52.34 million kg. Load factor improved to 84% from 81% in the same periods.

Zest Air passengers rose 36.9% to 902,935 from 659,544, while it transported 8.93 million kg of cargo this year. No comparative cargo figure was given last year. Load factor improved to 71% from 69%.

Southeast Asian Airlines passengers increased 24.68% to 159,086 from 127,600, but it flew 27.5% less cargo at 194,961 kg from 268,902 kg. Its load factor, however, rose to 76% from 71%.

Finally, Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines carried four times less cargo at 594,979 kg from 2.59 million kg.

CAB Executive Director Carmelo L. Arcilla said in an interview yesterday that his office is "expecting double-digit growth by the end of this year." -- AMPD
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Philippines Plans To Give Overseas Airlines Greater Access
18 November 2010

MANILA (Dow Jones)--The Philippines plans to gradually allow international airlines greater access to the country to promote tourism, President Benigno Aquino said Thursday.

"In the past, we liberalized telecommunications, trade and foreign investments....This is what we will do with aviation," Aquino told an investor forum that introduced infrastructure projects that the government will bid out next year to private investors.

"Our national development requires promoting an open and competitive international aviation sector that enables Philippine and foreign air carriers to expand their operations, maintain a strong Philippine-based aviation industry, and ensure international connectivity in order to allow Philippine and foreign air carriers to plan and make long-term investments in the Philippine market," Aquino explained.

Aquino hopes to build on the policy implemented in 1995 by former President Fidel Ramos, which opened the domestic aviation industry to competition. It allowed local investors to challenge Philippine Airlines' monopoly on domestic services, resulting in the rise of Cebu Pacific (CEB.PH), which has overtaken PAL as country's largest domestic carrier by passengers flown, and several other smaller carriers.

Speaking to reporters later, Aquino said that he envisions initially "pocket open skies," which will allow international carriers to compete with domestic airlines in certain airports, instead of the entire country.
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Philippine Airlines to launch Delhi service in S11

As per 19NOV10 GDS timetable display, Philippine Airlines from 27MAR11 is launching service to 6 weekly service to Delhi in India. Airbus A330-300 aircraft is to operate 3 weekly NONSTOP Manila – Delhi and 3 weekly Manila – Bangkok – Delhi route. PR has local traffic rights on Bangkok – Delhi sector. At time this post goes to press, reservation is not yet open.

With the new service, Manila – Bangkok is increasing from 14 to 17 weekly. PR is to become the 7th carrier to operate Bangkok – Delhi service, where THAI operates 2 Daily, 1 Daily each for Air India, AirAsia, Jet Airways and Cathay Pacific. Kingfisher Airlines operates 6 weekly.

Schedules below:

PR758 MNL2110 – 0110+1DEL 330 247
PR759 DEL0300 – 1200MNL 330 135

PR752 MNL1845 – 2105BKK2230 – 0110+1DEL 330 135
PR753 DEL0245 – 0825BKK0925 – 1350MNL 330 246
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PAL backs liberalization of aviation sector
November 18, 2010, 8:49pm

MANILA, Philippines (PNA) — Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday expressed support to the call of the Aquino administration to liberalize the country's aviation sector.

"We welcome President's vision to promote a competitive international aviation sector anchored on "a strong Philippine-based aviation industry", which we firmly believe is indispensable to the development of Philippine tourism, trade and economic progress." PAL president Jaime Bautista said.

As the national flag carrier, Bautista said, PAL would continue to work in partnership with government to attract more foreign visitors from both existing and new markets overseas.

"PAL has always led the way in promoting RP tourism, by being the most aggressive airline in pioneering new routes, serving key tourism markets, and making necessary investments to put the Philippines on the tourism map as a destination for the world," he said.

In 2011, PAL will launch a new route to New Delhi, India, opening up the Philippines to the potentially enormous market of Indian tourists, in the same way that it had done in past years by pioneering new routes from Korea, Japan, China, Canada, and the United States.

PAL is the only airline flying between the Philippines and Canada, Tokyo (to/from Cebu), Western Japan, Las Vegas, Melbourne, and nonstop from the U.S. West Coast – all rich sources of tourist traffic.

PAL flies 2.9 million seats into the Philippines every year, more than any other airline operating to and from the Philippines.

PAL operates more seats and more flights from China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the United States to the Philippines than any other airline.
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PAL to pursue ‘anti-worker’ policies with people’s money
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First Posted 05:22:00 11/17/2010

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES’ plan to borrow P2.6 billion from government financial institutions such as the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to finance its restructuring scheme is both appalling and alarming. It is appalling, as PAL has the audacity to seek help from the government in its effort to throw out 2,600 ground crew employees. It is disturbing that it is using the people’s own resources to fund its anti-people policies. Clearly, this is a classic case of niluluto tayo sa sarili nating mantika (frying ourselves in our own lard).

We warn DBP and LBP not to give in to the loan application of PAL. They must not be a party to this year’s massive retrenchment and in the further weakening of the workers’ right to security of tenure. The role of government financial institutions (GFIs) is to spur economic growth by financing job creation and small and medium enterprise endeavors in the urban and rural areas. When they lend money, which would only be used to retrench workers, they are contradicting their own principles and goals. They are financing unemployment. Worse, they are skewing efforts away from economic development.

The government is already in hot water over the labor department’s wrong decision approving the dismissal of thousands of regular workers. If the state banks approve PAL’s loan request, then it is also giving its consent to the obliteration of job security here in the Philippines.

Thus, we challenge the GFIs to immediately reject any loan application from PAL in order to fund its restructuring scheme with the end view of dismissing thousands of regular workers. They have no business acting as the union buster’s financier to its unfair labor practices. Instead, the state banks should prioritize the funding of small and medium enterprises as well as the financing of programs that will generate real jobs, including those in agriculture, which is the real core of economic development.

For our part, we will block all efforts from PAL to use the people’s money to finance anti-worker policies. We will be on our toes to ensure that no such deals push through. The people’s resources must not be part of any business plan that would place the workers and their families’ future in jeopardy.

—RISA HONTIVEROS,
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36-B Madasalin St. Sikatuna Village,
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