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Old February 8th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #941
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But there's a separate thread on PR as it is. So as far as I'm concerned, this should be the thread for 5J, 2P, PQ, DG, Z2 and the like, but not PR.
Thanks for reminding me. All combined and merged now.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 03:22 PM   #942
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There's still 2P (Airphil Express), Z2 (Zest Airways) and DG (South East Asian Airlines) missing from the thread title. There's also SM (Spirit of Manila Airlines), Sky Pasada and Mid-Sea Express as well.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #943
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Airports get 'makeover' to attract more tourists

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DAVAO CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR—Hoping to improve the image of the Philippines’ tourism industry, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is set to upgrade the country’s international airports.

In a statement during the first Equator Asia Air Access Forum in Davao City, DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said that the upgrading of the international airports is pegged on the agency’s target of 10 million foreign tourists and 30 million domestic travelers over the next four years.

Among the airports that will be upgraded in the coming months is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, which receives P1.16 billion. Two other recipients are the Davao International Airport, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

DOTC has also allocated another P500 million for security screening equipment in all of the country’s 45 commercial airports.

They are also building a new airport worth P4.46 billion in Puerto Princesa in Palawan, as well as the P7.8 billion Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City in anticipation of tourism in the islands.

Plans are underway to build another international airport in Bohol and the P3 billion New Legaspi Airport.
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Airlines hail gov’t move for airports to open 24/7

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MANILA, Philippines—Foreign and local airlines on Friday welcomed the government’s decision to stop charging airlines for the overtime pay of customs and other personnel manning airports and to adopt a 24/7 operation as practiced worldwide, saying this would make the country more competitive and hence attractive to business and tourists.

Last month, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima told customs officials that international airports would go 24/7 instead of the present 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift and directed them to submit their manpower requirements for budget purposes.

Purisima’s move also resolved the dispute between BAR and airport customs personnel who have even included their meals and transportation in their overtime charges.
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The rise of LCCs ha really changed the landscape of Philippine aviation. Many Filipinos now are flying more than ever; and this has helped our tourism industry grow faster.

Air travel soars on back of budget airlines’ growth

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Low-cost carriers (LCCs) were behind nearly all of the growth in the Philippine air travel sector over the last five years, Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific said on Thursday.

At the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit held in Davao last week, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said 96 percent of the industry’s growth could be traced to the expansion of low-cost carriers.

Full-service carriers like Philippine Airlines (PAL), meanwhile, contributed just 4 percent to the sector’s growth.

“This is mainly driven by the low fares offered by LCCs such as Cebu Pacific. By unbundling services such as baggage and meals, customers are given the choice to buy only the services they want to pay for,” Iyog said.

“Full-service or legacy carriers continue to bundle all their services into the fare, something new air travelers have rejected. Cebu Pacific continues to remain focused on stimulating travel demand in the Philippines. We’ve seen this in every market we operate,” she said.

Despite rising fuel costs, Iyog claimed that airline tickets are now 30 percent cheaper, on average, than they were 10 years ago.

Citing government data, she said one out of every two domestic passengers flew on LCCs in 2006. In 2011, LCCs dominated the domestic market with 76-percent market share, or three out of every four domestic passengers.
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When will Phil. Airlines will have an A380? Thai and Malaysia have already their own.
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We're not even sure yet if PAL will get the A380. The only wide-body aircraft they have so far expressed interest in getting was the 787.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 09:32 AM   #948
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Philippine Air to Order 100 Planes After San Miguel Deal
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Philippine Airlines Inc. plans to order at least 100 new planes, resume flights to Europe and bolster U.S. services after selling a stake to San Miguel Corp. (SMC)

The carrier’s two main owners will provide $1 billion to help fund the fleet plan, Ramon Ang, president of the airline and of San Miguel, said in an interview in Manila yesterday. San Miguel will inject $750 million in PAL and affiliate Air Philippines Corp., including a $500 million stake purchase, while billionaire Lucio Tan will deliver the rest, he said.

The carrier wants to join a global alliance, Ang said, to spread its international reach and to help compete with Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) and Emirates Airline on long-haul routes. San Miguel may also build an airport near Manila to help the airline improve services and to extend its own push away from a traditional focus on food and beverages, Ang said.

The 100 new planes, including single-aisle and twin-aisle models, will be divided across PAL and Air Philippines. Ang didn’t say how many aircraft the carriers would retire. The group will do more business with Boeing Co. (BA) than previously, he said, without elaboration.

PAL will “immediately” resume flights to Europe once Philippine carriers are allowed in, Ang said, listing Paris, London and Spain as possible destinations. In the U.S., the carrier is looking at New York, Chicago and Florida, he said. It already flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Vancouver in North America.

San Miguel may pitch plans for the new four-runway airport to the government in the “near future,” Ang said. Construction of the facility, able to handle 100 million passengers annually, could begin this year, he said.

The company, founded as a brewery more than a century ago, is already set to open a new airport on the resort island of Boracay within two years, Ang said. San Miguel has also invested in railways, roads and energy companies to bolster margins.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #949
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Airphil Express expands to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur

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AIRPHIL Express, the budget arm of Philippine Airlines, is adding Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to its regional network, which is currently limited to Hong Kong.

Starting May 17, the LCC will begin thrice-weekly services from Clark International Airport to Singapore. This will be followed by thrice-weekly flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur from June 21. Both routes will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Airphil Express is also set to grow its Hong Kong connections. The airline will launch four-weekly flights from Clark to Hong Kong starting May 17. This comes after its recent doubling of Cebu-Hong Kong services from two to four times a week.
http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=3553
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Dragonair to introduce Hong Kong-Clark flights

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DRAGONAIR will begin daily services from Hong Kong to Clark International Airport, effective May 29.

Using an Airbus 320 aircraft with no business-class seats, the flight will be in direct competition with Cebu Pacific, SEAir and AirPhil Express, which already serve the route with lost-cost fares.

“The service is into a destination outside of the traditional gateways Manila and Cebu. By featuring Clark, Dragonair is giving travellers one more destination to choose from,” said Philippine Department of Tourism assistant secretary, Benito Bengzon, Jr.

Clark is Dragonair’s second destination in the Philippines. The carrier already flies five times weekly to Manila.
http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=3536


Cebu Pacific magazine among world's best

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MANILA, Philippines – The in-flight magazine of budget carrier Cebu Pacific is among the world’s best airline magazines, according to travel website CNNGo.

Cebu Pacific’s magazine, Smile, created by Singapore’s Ink Publishing, was ranked No. 7 in the list, which was released on Wednesday.

“Smile proves in-flights don’t need to pretend to be Esquire or The Economist -- just to capture the spirit of the places they serve,” CNNGo said of the magazine, which earned top marks for its capsule city guides that include slang and breakfast tips from locals.

CNNGo, which called the magazine “a chipper little underdog,” admitted it was surprised that Smile made the cut, but said its “youthful (and authentically Filipino) charm won us over.”

However, CNNGo criticized the airline magazine for its layout, which it said “smacks of a US teen magazine.
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France Backs Airbus' Philippine Plan

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

Hubert Testard, deputy minister and counselor for economics and finance affairs of the French embassy in Singapore, has informed Trade and Industry Undersecretary Cristino L. Panlilio in a phone call.

According to Panlilio, Mr. Testard has assured Panlilio that Airbus, the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer based in France, is going to send a delegation of its parts and components suppliers here to pursue such possibilities.

“France is helping us get the Airbus and its suppliers to put up operations here for export back to France,” Panlilio said
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/359089...hilippine-plan


Cleaning Lady Returns Pouch With P1.2 Million
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MANILA, Philippines - Few people could have resisted such temptation.

In her hands, cleaning lady Mary Jennifer Doroga held an amount that could have made her an instant millionaire and answer for the medical needs of her ailing mother.

But as Doroga, 32, returned the pouch full of foreign denominations to the airport's lost and found section, her luck was farthest from her mind.

Instead, she worried for the pouch owner, who might have been listlessly searching for the lost bank notes - all P1.2 million worth of it.

MANILA, Philippines - Few people could have resisted such temptation.

In her hands, cleaning lady Mary Jennifer Doroga held an amount that could have made her an instant millionaire and answer for the medical needs of her ailing mother.

But as Doroga, 32, returned the pouch full of foreign denominations to the airport's lost and found section, her luck was farthest from her mind.

Instead, she worried for the pouch owner, who might have been listlessly searching for the lost bank notes - all P1.2 million worth of it.
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/cleaning-la...132628191.html
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:29 AM   #953
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From Inquirer (April 30)

Zest Air starts first international flight from Manila


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MANILA, Philippines—Zest Air has started flying direct from Manila to Quanzhou and Jinjiang, China.


“The fruits of our hard work to operate Zest Air’s first direct international flight from Manila are now finally ready for the harvest,” Zest Air president and CEO Alfredo M. Yao said in a statement.


Although already operating five international flights since 2010, the Quanzhou, Jinjiang service is Zest Air’s first International flight direct from Manila.


Zest Air currently flies to Incheon and Pusan (Korea), Shanghai and Beijing (China) and Taipei, Taiwan from Kalibo and Cebu International Airports.


More direct international flights from Manila are scheduled this year—Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China; and Incheon, Korea.


Zest Air is also planning to resume its flights to Hong Kong and open a Singapore route.


“Zest Air will be using the spacious and wide-legroom Airbus 320 (A320) with 180-seating configuration. The sector will be initially operated three times a week—every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday—and will be increased accordingly depending on market demand,” Yao said.


The two-and-a-half flight leaves Manila for Quanzhou at 9:10 a.m. The return flight to Manila leaves at 2 p.m.


Zest Air will initially operate at the NAIA Terminal 3 until the end of April and will resume its Manila-Quanzhou, Jinjiang at the Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Airport) while airport authorities will prepare NAIA 3 for international operations.


Zest Air presently flies to 19 domestic destinations and six international destinations. It has a current fleet of 14 aircraft.
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Zest Air new flies direct to Jinjiang, China



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MANILA, Philippines - Zest Air, Asia’s most refreshing airline, now flies direct from Manila to Quanzhou, Jinjiang, China.
“The fruits of our hard work to operate Zest Air’s first International flight direct out of Manila is now finally ready for the harvest,” said Zest Air president and CEO Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao.


Already operating five international flights since 2010 – Incheon and Pusan in Korea, Shanghai and Beijing in China, and Taipei, Taiwan out of Kalibo and Cebu International Airports – the Quanzhou, Jinjiang, China is Zest Air’s first International flight emanating direct out of Manila.


More international flights direct from Manila are scheduled this year -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shanghai, China and Incheon Korea. Zest Air is as well looking at resuming its flight to Hong Kong and opening its Singapore routes.


“Zest Air will be utilizing the spacious and wide-legroom Airbus 320 (A320) with 180-seating configuration. The sector will be initially operated three (3) times a week that is every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will be increased accordingly depending on market demand,” Yao said.


The two hour and a half flight leaves in Manila at 9:10 in the morning and arrives Quanzhou, Jinjiang International Airport at 11:30 a.m. The return flight to Manila leaves at 2:00 in the afternoon and arrives in Manila at 4:30 pm.


Zest Air will initially operate at the NAIA Terminal 3 until end of April and will resume its Manila-Quanzhou, Jinjiang at the Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Airport) while the airport authorities are yet preparing the said terminal for international operations.


Zest Air presently flies to over 25 domestic and international destinations, 19 domestic destinations such as Boracay via Kalibo, Bacolod, Busuanga, Calbayog, Cagayan De Oro, Catarman, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Marinduque, Puerto Princesa, San Jose Mindoro, Tablas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Virac.





Lots of affordable introductory fares are being offered for this new addition to Zest Air’s expanding distribution network. With this latest offering, the airline’s proven track record of excellent customer service, safe, fast and convenient flights, Zest Air is truly “The Airline of the Stars.” So book a flight now and fly like a Star en route to Quanzhou, Jinjiang, China or to Zest Air’s other destinations!


For reservations, call 02.855.3333 or visit the website mentioned above. To know more about Zest Air please log on to www.zestair.com.ph. “Like” Zest Air’s Official Facebook Fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/ZestAirwww.facebook.com/ZestAir.

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The new Iloilo Airport in Central Philippines will start to host international flights later this year...

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ILOILO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking forward to opening up the new Iloilo Airport to international flights, initially to Hong Kong and Singapore, by the last quarter of 2012.

DOT's officer-in-charge for Region 6, Atty. Helen Catalbas, said this week that Cebu Pacific has already agreed to accommodate flights from Iloilo to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Catalbas said that the airport is being prepared to host international flights that will serve Western Visayas and its neighboring regions. The airport will serve as a hub for domestic flights from General Santos City and Puerto Princesa, with connecting flights to Singapore and Hong Kong, saving travellers from those provinces the need to fly to Manila.

The international flights, she added, will aid in the promotion of more tourist destinations in Iloilo and other provinces like Roxas City, Capiz , Guimaras, Northern Antique, and Southern Iloilo. In preparation for this, the DOT is offering trainings to frontline personnel in the region's tourism industry, helping to build capacity for tour guides, transport service personnel, hotel personnel and relevant staff of other related sectors.

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/3...-october---dot

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Manila-Jinjiang City Direct Flight Inaugurated

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15 May 2012- Filipino airline Zest Air launched its maiden flight to Jinjiang City in China's Fujian province. The flight arrived from Manila at 11:30 a.m. on April 26 at the Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport. The arrival was followed by a formal press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel Jinjiang and a luncheon for special guests.

This flight brings to four, the total of flights from the Philippines to Fujian province.

Jinjiang is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Quanzhou Municipality and is about one and a half hours drive away from Xiamen. It is the hometown of a great majority of Filipinos of Chinese descent.
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Zest Air to start direct flights to Shanghai

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

Zest Air will fly direct from Manila to Shanghai five times weekly every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Departure time is 8:10 in the evening, except Saturdays when departure is an hour earlier at 7 p.m. Flying time is three and a half hours.

Zest Air will use its Airbus 320, which seats 180 passengers.

Shanghai is a major financial center. It has overtaken Singapore last year as the busiest container port in the world. It has been described as a showcase of the booming economy of China.
http://business.inquirer.net/59853/z...ts-to-shanghai


Honesty pays (P50,000) for airport cleaner

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MANILA, Philippines—For her honesty, airport janitor Mary Jennifer Doroga is reaping rewards.

Doroga, 32, was about to go home on April 26 when she saw a plastic bag at the arrival customs counter at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1.

She opened the bag and saw it contained cash in various currencies.

Instead of keeping it, Doroga turned the bag of money over to airport authorities.

On Thursday, Doroga received a check for P50,000 from the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Associations Foundation Inc. (FFCAFI).

According to Manny Dy, the association’s honorary president, the group decided to reward Doroga to recognize her exemplary honesty.
http://business.inquirer.net/59853/z...ts-to-shanghai

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More aviation news on the local front...

Night vision gear for 14 more provincial airports

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MANILA, Philippines—Fourteen more provincial airports will be equipped by the end of the year with a technology that would enable them to operate even at night, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas said Thursday.

“Within the year, our airports in Tagbilaran, Legaspi, Dumaguete, Butuan, Ozamiz, Cotabato, Naga, Dipolog, Roxas, Pagadian, Tuguegarao, Busuanga, Surigao, and San Jose in Mindoro will all have a night vision capability,” he told reporters.

To date, only 12 airports are night-rated, he added. These include Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Kalibo, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Laoag and Zamboanga.

Domestic carriers bundle their departures during daytime so that all of them would be able to take off from their points of departure before sunset.

This has contributed to congestion and slotting problems at the Naia terminals.

“All of them are in a hurry to come back before sunset, where provincial airports stop operating due to the absence of runway lights or night-vision technology,” Roxas said in a previous interview.

He added that the night vision capability would improve visual awareness in smoky, foggy or dark environments.

With the new technology, air carriers can choose other slots or schedules so that departures are spread out evenly, thus avoiding congestion.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/195949/...ncial-airports


It’s official: Plane tickets will include terminal fees
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Starting Aug. 1 this year, domestic airline passengers flying out of Manila will no longer have to line up to pay their terminal fees prior to their departure.

The Department of Transportation and Communications this week announced that it had formalized an agreement with airlines to integrate terminal fees into ticket prices, thus making air travel more convenient for passengers.

The memorandum of agreement on the fee integration was signed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the airline companies.
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Metrojet opens P1.75B (US$40M) aircraft maintenance facility in Clark

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The second billion-peso aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Clark Freeport, Pampanga, opens this week, solidifying the country’s position as a global hub for aviation services.

In a statement on Monday, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) announced that Hong Kong’s Metrojet Engineering is opening its P1.75-billion MRO facility on three hectares of land at the former US military base.

“Metrojet will start catering Fixed Based Operations for Corporate Jets in its first MRO facility that will also service various types of aircraft and capacities at the aviation complex,” CIAC president and CEO Victor Luciano said in a statement.

Metrojet’s hangar is the third MRO facility to open in the country.

The first was Lufthansa Technik Philippines’ facility at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. Lufthansa Technik is a joint venture between Philippine Airlines (PAL) affiliate MacroAsia Corp. and Germany’s Lufthansa group.

The second was Singapore Engineering Philippines, Clark’s first MRO locator, which caters to wide-bodied aircraft.

It will offer a range of services such as aircraft charter, comprehensive aircraft management, maintenance, co-ownership programs, aircraft acquisition and sales. The aviation firm’s proposed heavy maintenance for Clark will also include avionics upgrade and exterior paint work for aircraft.
http://business.inquirer.net/63249/m...ility-in-clark


Removal of ‘discriminatory’ taxes seen to boost PH tourism

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

In a statement, the Board of Airline Representatives (BAR) said the passage of House Bill No. 6022, which aims to remove common carriers taxes (CCT) and gross Philippine billings (GBP), would send signal to the international community that the country was now “truly open to global air business and investments.”

House Bill 6022 was approved on the third and final reading on May 21. Senator Ralph G. Recto, chairman of the ways and means committee, filed a counterpart measure in November last year.

The BAR, which represents the biggest foreign airlines operating in the Philippines, considers both the 3 percent CCT and 2.5 percent GBP as discriminatory taxes that target foreign airlines and give undue advantage to local companies.

“This is indeed positive and exciting news to the international airline community that has been monitoring the progress of the measure,” BAR vice chairman Steven Crowdey said in a statement, referring to House Bill 6022.

The House and Senate bills were filed following Air France/KLM’s decision to stop flights between Amsterdam and Manila—the last direct link of the Philippines to Europe—due to the alleged discriminatory taxes.
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