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Old May 25th, 2009, 07:08 AM   #141
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LOL I like how Chrisvenz posts any article with the words Philippine Airlines in it.
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It is, to an extent, relevant to PAL. You can say that PAL is a reflection of the national psyche.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #143
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Our 'missing' international terminal

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By Cito Beltran

Updated May 25, 2009 12:00 AM

If the NAIA Terminal III had been a spare part for a classic car, it would be classified as “N-O-S” and considered valuable. Being “New Old Stock” in car restoration lingo means the part is original as new but has been in the storeroom or in a box for decades.

Unfortunately, for the Philippines we have a continuing confusion about what we have versus what we are suppose to have in terms of an international airport or at the very least an international terminal.

The NAIA Terminal III is certainly New Old Stock and is “valuable” but only because it has cost far too much money to build and will cost the Filipinos even more money after the Arroyo administration has “left the building”.

While the international and local courts still have to resolve legal issues and compensation which is estimated to go into billions, there will also be the engineering renovations and repair. In effect if the Philippines ever get full control of the NAIA Terminal III it will be the current equivalent of the Bataan Nuclear Plant.

On my latest visit to the NAIA, I had presumed that ALL international arrivals and departures were taking place at the Terminal III “except” for Philippine Airlines which has essentially consolidated its hold and flight operations at the “Centennial-terminal II”.

Like many travelers heading out, I even changed my routing to NAIA in order to get to Terminal III directly. As it turns out most of the international flights continue to be staged out of the old and tiny NAIA Terminal I.

Fortunately I was with a driver who already fell victim to all the “Press Release” that we already have a NEW International air terminal. The poor fellow was just one of the many who had to go to terminal III, then terminal II and finally terminal I to finally figure out the untold story.

Sources tell us that when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assigned Mike Defensor to get the Terminal III operational, the terms were “Do it one way or the other”. Based on International Airport standards, we are told that Mike Defensor had no choice but to do it “the other…way”.

Given all the legal issues, many of the usual Airport service providers, contractors and clients were reluctant to enter into contracts with a litigant or respondent concerning Terminal III. In short the people who would normally invest to have a business at the Airport saw it as equivalent to setting up shop in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The only solution to the problem was to let the service providers stake their claim like gold miners or cattle ranchers in the old west. Instead of million peso facilities and offices, they put up holes in the wall, booths or shared space.

Instead of full pledged shops, restaurants and service counters, they set up kiosks, umbrellas, portables racks and trays. So yes the “International” Terminal III is open but the big airlines like KLM which we took, all fly out of NAIA I.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 08:53 PM   #144
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Philippines-Spain seal air deal

By Riza T. Olchondra

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Spain agreed to make 28 direct flights available for their respective airlines to serve weekly, as representatives of both countries wrapped up bilateral air services negotiations in Madrid recently.

The two parties allocated daily flight entitlements from Manila to Madrid and Barcelona, and vice versa.

Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport got 14 weekly flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona.

Other points in the Philippines, except Manila and Clark, were allocated daily flights to and from other points in Spain, except Madrid and Barcelona.

Manila was granted rights to service 200 tons of cargo per week while Clark got 300 tons per week. Both points of origin were allowed daily cargo flights to and from Spain. “The original agreement was signed in 1951 without frequencies,” Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla, who is a member of the Philippine air panel, said.

Currently, there are indirect flights from Madrid and Barcelona to the Philippines and back. The routes are served by Asian airlines such as Singapore Airlines and a number of Middle Eastern carriers such as Qatar Airways.

Philippine aviation officials have not disclosed whether any airline, including flag carrier Philippine Airlines and Spain’s Iberia, expressed interest in serving the direct flight entitlements agreed upon.

This is the eighth air services deal entered into by the Philippines this year.

The Philippines has completed aviation talks with Qatar and United Arab Emirates in January, Kuwait and Bahrain in February, and Brunei and Australia in March, and Singapore earlier this month.

The International Air Transport Association has projected that world travel may decline by 3 percent in 2009.

The Philippines’ transport department views air deals as part of preparations for the eventual recovery of the global economy and the resurgence in air travel.

Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza said having more air service agreements would be good for the country.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #145
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Manila dethrones Lisbon as the Worlds 41th Busiest Airport
NAIA Climbs 7 notch higher to claim one of the worlds busiest International Airport

Singapore - Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport became the world 41th busiest airport, and Asia's 10th busiest international airport in terms of number of international flights as more airlines add new schedules out of the country, data from Official Airline Guide (OAG) showed.


London's Heathrow airport remains on the top spot with seat capacity of 803,227 seats offered per week, followed by Paris at 701,654 while Hong Kong, which is Asia's busiest international airport deploying 623,585 seats per week.

International Airlines operating at Manila airport increased its seat capacity from 122,674 seats per week in 1997 to 146,062 seats per week in 2008, dislodging Lisbon airport as the worlds 41th busiest international airport from its old ranking at 48 a year ago.

Meanwhile, Low Cost Carrier Cebu Pacific become the Philippines biggest air transport operator when it flew 1,661 flights per week against 1,647 flights per week of Philippine Airlines in 2008. Both airlines hold the 68 and 69 spot of the world ranking headed by Delta Airlines with 25,279 flights per week.

The Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines declared in February that Cebu Pacific was officially the biggest domestic carrier in the Philippines flying 5.4-million domestic passengers in 2008.
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Philippines ready for FAA upgrade
As Philippine Airlines flexes its wings!


WASHINTON—The US Federal Aviation Aviation (FAA) has announced that it will be conducting another safety audit to the Republic of the Philippines in October 2009 after diplomatic request was made in Washington by Philippine President Gloria Arroyo. The request was favorably endorsed by US President Barack Obama to FAA Administrator Lynne Osmus who ordered the re-audit. The Philippines aviation safety rating was downgraded 15 months ago.

Department of Transport Secretary Leonardo Mendoza said that the government is confident that it will pass the safety audit of the FAA this time as most of its recommendations as to aviation safety standards are already complied while the rest are to be made ready when inspection is made.

Safety audit was already made by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last February and got a good remarks from Geneva based institution.

The safety audit report will determine whether the country is eligible for safety upgrade and the process usually takes a month after re-assessments has been made, according to the FAA Associate Administrator Margaret Gilligan.

The Country was downgraded after inspections were made by the US FAA on Air Transportation Office (ATO) record books, and it failed to monitor and properly check pilot performance, inadequate training programs for technicians, incompetent flight instructors and breaches in record keeping that affect safety regulations.

The upgrading will allow the country's airline to expand flights to US airports, an FAA official said Friday.

Only Philippine Airlines flies to mainland United States with points in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. It plans to expand service to San Diego and Chicago after the safety upgrade rating.

Department of Transportation spokesman Thompson Lantion said the creation in 2008 of a new agency, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, to oversee safety standards, was a major step in reforming the aviation sector.

"We are very confident that we'll be able to achieve the FAA approval with all the efforts being done now," Lantion said.

He said the FAA's scheduled audit of its aviation sector would include a check on safety and the standards of aircraft mechanics and pilots.

Lantion expressed optimism that the Philippines would be able to hurdle it old status of Category 1 safety rating, after the Washington based FAA reduced it to Category 2 in December 2007 after a safety audit conducted 3 months earlier.

Lantion said there was always the risk the Philippines would be downgraded further and its airlines not be able to fly to US airports anymore, but was optimistic that such scenario is so remote as the government could easily remedy those safety concerns raised by US inspectors.

FAA Safety Rating is expected to be released in the first week of December 2009.
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Manila - Quarantine Bureau of the Department of Health (BOQ) has installed heat surveillance sensor devise and biosecurity measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports yesterday as the world pandemic caused by swine flu virus reached the shores of the United States according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a statement Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified that “there are no reports yet of swine flu among humans in the Philippines in relation to the outbreak that originated from Mexico and other affected countries.”

"Although Manila has no flights to Mexico, it has a connecting flight from Los Angeles which necessitate screening of passengers for flu-like symptoms in an effort to contain the spread of the virus" said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Particularly affected are those coming from the United States because it is a transit point from Mexico City and that cases of infections have already been reported in the U.S.

There are currently 11 thermal scanners in international airports and some local airports to identify arriving passengers with fever.
“Thermal scanning is 100-percent effective when it comes to the detection of passengers with fever,” said Dr. Edgardo Sabitsana, Director of the Bureau of Quarantine.“We have somehow perfected using the device since the time of SARS.”

Meanwhile, the swine flue virus outbreak already affected airline traffic to and from Mexico and the US after passengers were advised to defer or delay trips to Mexico City.

The World Health Organisation has warned that the virus has the potential to develop into a pandemic. Mexico's health minister Jose Angel Cordova has told journalists the number of deaths in Mexico has already risen to 108 from 81 and there are 1614 cases of swine flu reported in the country with about 400 of those people now in hospital.

There are also 20 confirmed cases in the USA and suspected cases in France, Spain, Israel, New Zealand and the UK.
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NAIA Terminal 1 is ready for two A380

Manila - Manila International Airport Authority general manager Alfonso Cusi disclosed that Terminal 1 is now ready to accommodate 2 Airbus 380 at any given time.

Cusi, in an interview with reporters recently, said that "MIAA has been focusing on how to turn NAIA into a globally competitive airport, providing new facilities and services consistent with international standards".

The NAIA airport complex would undergo further improvements in anticipation of the other international airline transfer at Terminal 3. Cusi said that the existing runway already could manage to service large new aircrafts as noted by the 2007 team of the A380. But the taxiway need further expansion to accommodate wide body jets of airlines that will operate at Terminal 3. Currently they are expanding the airport taxiway for wide body jet maneuvers.

A Cebu Pacific plane was recently stuck at its expanded taxiway when it ran into the wet asphalt that was not yet cured. The taxiways in front of Terminal 3 and old Domestic Terminal used to accommodate only narrow body jets from Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Air Philippines.
With the transfer, 3 million more will be added to Terminal 3 capacity in the short term as the complex’s total terminal capacity increase to 32 million passengers a year in the next five to 10 years.
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Iberia to extend wings to the far east
Going East!

Madrid- Spain may once again be connected with its long time colony in the far east as it embarks its broad plans to mount flights to its bustling capital Manila despite the global downturn, and could be its only connection in Asia.

The national airline of Spain, Lineas Aereas de Espana (Iberia) intends to introduce its sole long haul flight from Madrid to the far east on a thrice a week Airbus 340 service after the Philippines and Spain amended its 1951 treaty on air services recently upon request by Iberia Airlines.

The Philippines and Spain agreed to make 28 direct flights available for their respective airlines to serve weekly, with seven flights between Madrid and Manila and Barcelona and Manila. Low cost airport Manila-Clark also got 14 weekly flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona as representatives of both countries wrapped up bilateral air services negotiations in Madrid.

Fernando Conte, chairman of the Spanish flag carrier said that they are very much interested of flying to Manila soon as there are plenty of passengers on that sector based on the figures they have. Iberia has ticketing office already set up in the Philippines.

"There are more than 50,000 Filipino migrant workers in Spain and they are currently being serviced by gulf-based airlines and almost 30% of them go home every year to the Philippines and were trying to service the market and provide direct service flights for them "says Conte.

Angel Moratinos, the Foreign Minister of Spain, confirmed that the estimated 50,000 migrant Filipino workers in Spain are growing and unscathed despite the global financial crisis.

"Most Filipinos work in the service sector and live in the big Spanish cities of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia" says Moratinos.

Meanwhile, a Philippine Airline representative says that they have no plans to fly to Spain but they are open to the idea of having a code-share deal with Iberia to promote tourism of the Philippines.

Manila was granted rights to service 200 tons of cargo per week while Clark got 300 tons per week. Both points of origin were allowed daily cargo flights to and from Spain.
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Our 'missing' international terminal

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Updated May 25, 2009 12:00 AM

If the NAIA Terminal III had been a spare part for a classic car, it would be classified as “N-O-S” and considered valuable. Being “New Old Stock” in car restoration lingo means the part is original as new but has been in the storeroom or in a box for decades.

Unfortunately, for the Philippines we have a continuing confusion about what we have versus what we are suppose to have in terms of an international airport or at the very least an international terminal.

The NAIA Terminal III is certainly New Old Stock and is “valuable” but only because it has cost far too much money to build and will cost the Filipinos even more money after the Arroyo administration has “left the building”.

While the international and local courts still have to resolve legal issues and compensation which is estimated to go into billions, there will also be the engineering renovations and repair. In effect if the Philippines ever get full control of the NAIA Terminal III it will be the current equivalent of the Bataan Nuclear Plant.

On my latest visit to the NAIA, I had presumed that ALL international arrivals and departures were taking place at the Terminal III “except” for Philippine Airlines which has essentially consolidated its hold and flight operations at the “Centennial-terminal II”.

Like many travelers heading out, I even changed my routing to NAIA in order to get to Terminal III directly. As it turns out most of the international flights continue to be staged out of the old and tiny NAIA Terminal I.

Fortunately I was with a driver who already fell victim to all the “Press Release” that we already have a NEW International air terminal. The poor fellow was just one of the many who had to go to terminal III, then terminal II and finally terminal I to finally figure out the untold story.

Sources tell us that when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assigned Mike Defensor to get the Terminal III operational, the terms were “Do it one way or the other”. Based on International Airport standards, we are told that Mike Defensor had no choice but to do it “the other…way”.

Given all the legal issues, many of the usual Airport service providers, contractors and clients were reluctant to enter into contracts with a litigant or respondent concerning Terminal III. In short the people who would normally invest to have a business at the Airport saw it as equivalent to setting up shop in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The only solution to the problem was to let the service providers stake their claim like gold miners or cattle ranchers in the old west. Instead of million peso facilities and offices, they put up holes in the wall, booths or shared space.

Instead of full pledged shops, restaurants and service counters, they set up kiosks, umbrellas, portables racks and trays. So yes the “International” Terminal III is open but the big airlines like KLM which we took, all fly out of NAIA I.
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Philippines-Spain seal air deal

By Riza T. Olchondra

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Spain agreed to make 28 direct flights available for their respective airlines to serve weekly, as representatives of both countries wrapped up bilateral air services negotiations in Madrid recently.

The two parties allocated daily flight entitlements from Manila to Madrid and Barcelona, and vice versa.

Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport got 14 weekly flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona.

Other points in the Philippines, except Manila and Clark, were allocated daily flights to and from other points in Spain, except Madrid and Barcelona.

Manila was granted rights to service 200 tons of cargo per week while Clark got 300 tons per week. Both points of origin were allowed daily cargo flights to and from Spain. “The original agreement was signed in 1951 without frequencies,” Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla, who is a member of the Philippine air panel, said.

Currently, there are indirect flights from Madrid and Barcelona to the Philippines and back. The routes are served by Asian airlines such as Singapore Airlines and a number of Middle Eastern carriers such as Qatar Airways.

Philippine aviation officials have not disclosed whether any airline, including flag carrier Philippine Airlines and Spain’s Iberia, expressed interest in serving the direct flight entitlements agreed upon.

This is the eighth air services deal entered into by the Philippines this year.

The Philippines has completed aviation talks with Qatar and United Arab Emirates in January, Kuwait and Bahrain in February, and Brunei and Australia in March, and Singapore earlier this month.

The International Air Transport Association has projected that world travel may decline by 3 percent in 2009.

The Philippines’ transport department views air deals as part of preparations for the eventual recovery of the global economy and the resurgence in air travel.

Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza said having more air service agreements would be good for the country.
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Iberia to extend wings to the far east
Going East!

Madrid- Spain may once again be connected with its long time colony in the far east as it embarks its broad plans to mount flights to its bustling capital Manila despite the global downturn, and could be its only connection in Asia.

The national airline of Spain, Lineas Aereas de Espana (Iberia) intends to introduce its sole long haul flight from Madrid to the far east on a thrice a week Airbus 340 service after the Philippines and Spain amended its 1951 treaty on air services recently upon request by Iberia Airlines.

The Philippines and Spain agreed to make 28 direct flights available for their respective airlines to serve weekly, with seven flights between Madrid and Manila and Barcelona and Manila. Low cost airport Manila-Clark also got 14 weekly flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona as representatives of both countries wrapped up bilateral air services negotiations in Madrid.

Fernando Conte, chairman of the Spanish flag carrier said that they are very much interested of flying to Manila soon as there are plenty of passengers on that sector based on the figures they have. Iberia has ticketing office already set up in the Philippines.

"There are more than 50,000 Filipino migrant workers in Spain and they are currently being serviced by gulf-based airlines and almost 30% of them go home every year to the Philippines and were trying to service the market and provide direct service flights for them "says Conte.

Angel Moratinos, the Foreign Minister of Spain, confirmed that the estimated 50,000 migrant Filipino workers in Spain are growing and unscathed despite the global financial crisis.

"Most Filipinos work in the service sector and live in the big Spanish cities of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia" says Moratinos.

Meanwhile, a Philippine Airline representative says that they have no plans to fly to Spain but they are open to the idea of having a code-share deal with Iberia to promote tourism of the Philippines.

Manila was granted rights to service 200 tons of cargo per week while Clark got 300 tons per week. Both points of origin were allowed daily cargo flights to and from Spain.
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PAL launches $98 promo for intn'l routes

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 05/30/2009 4:55 PM

Philippine Airlines is launching its "Way to Go" promo on Monday, June 1, by offering round-trip, economy fares for 20 trans-Pacific and regional routes starting at US$98.

The promo fare, which excludes government taxes, will be available for sale from June 1 to 5, 2009. The travel period is September 1 to Dec. 25, 2009 for five trans-Pacific destinations (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Vancouver) and July 1 to Nov. 30, 2009 for 12 regional destinations, including Australia.

"During these difficult times, we are offering our loyal passengers the opportunity to travel at much lower prices, without sacrificing quality of service, safety and comfort," said PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said in a statement.

The promo covers Manila outbound tickets, as well as Narita-bound flights from Cebu. It requires that return flights should be dated no more than 21 days after departure for tickets to the US , Canada and Australia . For other destinations, trip must be completed within eight days.

The regional points covered by the promo include Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Saigon, Jakarta, Shanghai, Osaka, Beijing, Fukuoka, Nagoya, as well as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.

Customers can avail of the promo through PAL's web site, philippineairlines.com, at any PAL ticket office or accredited travel agents.

Tickets must be purchased within 24 hours after getting a confirmed booking, but not later than June 5, 2009.

The country's first and only legacy airline plying regional and international routes has previously faced a barrage of customer complaints after its internet-based ticketing system bogged down during a recent launch of a similar fare promo. But company officials, in a statement, explained that the system glitches have been solved.

PAL's seat sales mirrors that of a competitor, Cebu Pacific, which has been aggressively offering fare-only promos for international routes and all-in promos for domestic destinations via a no-frills, low-cost business model.

way to go promo:

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Available for sale via the website, Philippine-based ticket offices and travel agents.

For sale and ticketing from 01 to 05 June 2009 only.

Red Arrow Book and buy your tickets now!!

SECTOR WEB FARE BASIS BCC ALL-IN FARE
(USD)
Round Trip
MANILA - SAN FRANCISCO WEB2GOUS W 668
MANILA - LOS ANGELES WEB2GOUS W 668
MANILA - LAS VEGAS WEB2GOUS W 668
MANILA - HONOLULU WEB2GOHI W 468
MANILA - VANCOUVER WEB2GOCA W 668
MANILA - SYDNEY (PR 211 ONLY) WEB2GOAU W 468
MANILA - MELBOURNE (PR 211 ONLY) WEB2GOAU W 468
CEBU - NARITA WEB2GOJP W 228
MANILA - FUKUOKA WEB2GOJP W 228
MANILA - NAGOYA WEB2GOJP W 228
MANILA - OSAKA WEB2GOJP W 188
MANILA - BEIJING WEB2GOCN W 198
MANILA - SHANGHAI WEB2GOCN W 178
MANILA - JAKARTA (PR 503/PR504) WEB2GOID W 168
MANILA - JAKARTA (PR 535/PR536) WEB2GOJK W 148
MANILA - BANGKOK WEB2GOTH W 118
MANILA - SINGAPORE WEB2GOSG W 118
MANILA - SAIGON WEB2GOVN W 118
MANILA - HONG KONG WEB2GOHK W 98
MANILA - MACAU WEB2GOMO W 98
MANILA - TAIPEI WEB2GOTW W 98

Prices listed above are inclusive of surcharges and exclusive of government taxes and other fees that are to be collected at the airport.

APPLICATION:
* Valid for round trip travel on economy class.

TRAVEL VALIDITY:
TRANSPACIFIC
* Valid for outbound travel from 01SEP09 through 25DEC09

REGIONALS
* Valid for outbound travel from 01JUL09 through 30NOV09.
MINIMUM/MAXIMUM STAY:
TRANSPACIFIC
* Minimum 3 days and maximum 21 days stay

AUSTRALIA
* Minimum 2 days and maximum 21 days stay

REGIONALS
* Minimum 2 days and maximum 8 days stay

SALES RESTRICTIONS:
* Tickets must be issued on or before 05 June 2009.

RESERVATIONS, PAYMENT AND TICKETING:
* Tickets must be issued 24 hours after confirmed reservations.
For reservations made and confirmed on 05 June 2009,
tickets must be issued within the same day.
* Changes are not permitted
- rebooking/rerouting/reissuance/upgrading/endorsement/combination
are not permitted
* No extension of validity
* Non refundable. Surcharges attached to this fare are likewise non-refundable
Government taxes are refundable subject to USD 25 Refund Service Fee
* No child/infant discount

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISION:
* No mileage accrual
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Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Catarman flights

Gokongwei-led Gokongwei-owned Cebu Pacific Air, Inc. will restart its four-times weekly Manila-Catarman flights starting June 2 after airport and local authorities addressed safety issues.

Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution, said airport authorities have blocked the entry points around the airport’s perimeter fence used by residents.

“The runway has been cleared of vehicles and people 24/7. This is our green light to fly again to Catarman and bring back Cebu Pacific’s affordable fares that other airlines must again try to match," she said in a statement.

As Cebu Pacific suspended early this month its Manila-Catarman service despite its full loads after several runway intrusions by both people and vehicles during flights, other airlines have started charging as much as P5,000 per way.

“Safety remains to be a priority for Cebu Pacific and we will not compromise this over revenues or loads. Cebu Pacific remains steadfast in our commitment to provide travelers from Catarman an affordable, reliable, and high-quality air transport service. The public can expect that whether we have competition or none, we will continue to offer the lowest possible airfares in Catarman and in other destinations where we currently operate," Iyog said.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific is allocating more than 200,000 seats for a three-day seat sale until May 29 with fares as low as P588 for domestic and P1,388 for international flights valid for travel from July 1 to Aug. 31.

A one-way "Go Lite" fare of P1,388 is applied for Clark to Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok; Manila to Bangkok, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Min, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei; Cebu to Hong Kong and Singapore.

It is offering a P2,288 one-way "Go Lite" fare for its Manila to Incheon (Seoul) and Cebu to Incheon, Busan, and Jakarta services.

“We are optimistic that this seat sale will stimulate domestic and international travel during these traditionally lean months. Cebu Pacific remains the pioneer in creative pricing strategies as it continues to offer the best travel deals for all travelers to and from the Philippines," Iyog said.

For domestic flights, its one-way "Go Lite" fare only charges P1,388 all-in for its Manila to General Santos, Davao, Cotabato, Zamboanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, and Dipolog; Cebu to Clark and Davao to Iloilo. All other local destinations carry a one-way fare of P588 all-in.

Domestic fares are all-inclusive; international fares are exclusive of government taxes. Promo fares are non-refundable.

"Go Lite" fares are for passengers traveling with no check-in baggage. Passengers with check-in bags just have to add P200 to the fare.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 02:28 PM   #155
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PAL continues expansion plans amid crisis

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 05/25/2009 7:50 PM

Despite an environment of rising costs as caused by the global crisis, Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it will push through with its expansion plans this year.

According to PAL Vice President for marketing Felix Cruz, the country's flagship carrier has job openings for reservation, ground crew, and flight staff as it prepares for the delivery of new planes.

"We expect delivery of five Boeing 777-300ERs, which will be deployed for US flights," he said at the Trabaho sa Turismo job fair in Pasay City over the weekend.

He added that PAL remains optimistic about its expansion despite the economic downturn and the influenza A (H1N1) scare, which has grounded many flights of many international carriers.

PAL is awaiting the lifting of the Category 2 rating imposed by the United States Federal Aviation Administration on the Philippine civil aviation system, which prevented PAL from expanding services to the US.

In the second half of 2008, the airline managed to increase its flights to its US West Coast gateways of Los Angeles and San Francisco, adding up to 1,320 seats weekly on PAL's trans-Pacific routes.

Passenger demand

In the said fair during the weekend, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said tourist traffic in the country's top 15 destinations rose 10.3 percent in the first three months of the year.

This is in contrast with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which earlier reported an 11.1-percent drop in air passenger demand in March even as airlines cut international passenger capacity by 4.4 percent.

IATA Director General Giovanni Bisigniani said the Asia-Pacific region is particularly hit by the slump in international air travel, with a 14.5-percent drop in passenger demand.
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1-B flyover to decongest roads to NAIA and domestic airport terminals
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MANILA, May 30 (PNA) -- The traffic jams on roads to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the domestic airport terminals will be a thing of the past when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurates this morning (Saturday, May 30) the 1.5- to 2-kilometer viaduct and other road systems in Pasay City.

In inaugurating the 1-B flyover, the President will drive through and hold a brief program in the site before entering the NAIA Terminal 2 to board her Philippine Airlines flight to Korea and Russia at 11 a.m. for official trips to these two countries.

The NAIA Expressway Flyover connects the existing Metro Manila Skyway and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) with the NAIA Passenger Terminals via elevated roadway or viaducts.

The President will arrive at the NAIA Flyover Ramp 4 (Phase 1 Package 2 section) via Skyway.

She will be received by Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando, Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza, NAIA General Manager Alfonso Cusi and Mayors Wenceslao Trinidad of Pasay City and Sigfrido Tinga of Taguig City.

The flyover is expected to cut down travel time to the NAIA from Alabang, Makati and towns/cities north or south of Metro Manila and will greatly benefit frequent travelers, overseas Filipino workers, businessmen and even local and foreign tourists using both international and domestic airports.
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Aggressive pricing boosts domestic passengers by 21% in Q1
With Cebu Pacific carrying the most number of passengers

by Lenie Lectura


Manila - DOMESTIC passenger air traffic from January to March this year rose by 21 percent to 3.40 million compared with 2.76 million in the same period a year ago aided by the airline’s aggressive pricing strategies, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Zest Airways and Seair all transported a total of 3,403,699 passengers out of the possible 4,294,678 seats for domestic travel during the period.

Of the total number, Cebu Pacific, the airline unit of conglomerate JG Summit, recorded 1,609,405 passengers compared to Philippine Airlines 1,512,614.

Cebu Pacific recorded a load factor of 81 versus PAL’s 80 percent during the period out of a possible 1,961,324 seats for Cebu Pacific and 1,897,118 seats allocated by PAL.

Air Philippines, the low-cost partner of PAL, recorded 124,516 passengers out of the possible 198,292 seats; Zest Airways, formerly Asian Spirit, reported 114,611 passengers and 193,236 allotted seats; and Seair transported 42,724 passengers as of end-March this year with 94,709 seats.

Air Philippines reported a load factor of 74; Asian Spirit with 59 percent; and Seair with 78 percent.

Air Philippines is 99 percent owned by the Lucio Tan Group. PAL, however, is 95 percent owned by Tan.

The total load factor or the number of seats occupied during a flight rose to 76 percent in the first quarter from 75.6 percent in the same period last year.

CAB deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula said the airlines continued to offer aggressive pricing strategy and search for and opening of new domestic routes.
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Aggressive pricing boosts domestic passengers by 21% in Q1
With Cebu Pacific carrying the most number of passengers

by Lenie Lectura


Manila - DOMESTIC passenger air traffic from January to March this year rose by 21 percent to 3.40 million compared with 2.76 million in the same period a year ago aided by the airline’s aggressive pricing strategies, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Zest Airways and Seair all transported a total of 3,403,699 passengers out of the possible 4,294,678 seats for domestic travel during the period.

Of the total number, Cebu Pacific, the airline unit of conglomerate JG Summit, recorded 1,609,405 passengers compared to Philippine Airlines 1,512,614.

Cebu Pacific recorded a load factor of 81 versus PAL’s 80 percent during the period out of a possible 1,961,324 seats for Cebu Pacific and 1,897,118 seats allocated by PAL.

Air Philippines, the low-cost partner of PAL, recorded 124,516 passengers out of the possible 198,292 seats; Zest Airways, formerly Asian Spirit, reported 114,611 passengers and 193,236 allotted seats; and Seair transported 42,724 passengers as of end-March this year with 94,709 seats.

Air Philippines reported a load factor of 74; Asian Spirit with 59 percent; and Seair with 78 percent.

Air Philippines is 99 percent owned by the Lucio Tan Group. PAL, however, is 95 percent owned by Tan.

The total load factor or the number of seats occupied during a flight rose to 76 percent in the first quarter from 75.6 percent in the same period last year.

CAB deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula said the airlines continued to offer aggressive pricing strategy and search for and opening of new domestic routes.
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Traffic from US and Korea on Downswing
Aviation board says passenger and cargo demands directly affected by global decline

by Jeremiah F. de Guzman


Airport officials said on Friday that the Philippines is also affected by the worldwide decline in international passenger and cargo demands as reported by International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Civil Aviation Board (CAB) deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula told BusinessWorld in a phone interview that the devaluation of the Korean won against the dollar has impacted travel especially in the country since Koreans comprise a significant chunk of international passenger traffic.

"Other airlines such as Northwest Airlines and Philippine Airlines have also experienced major drops affecting the Philippine international traffic in general," he added.

International passenger traffic went down to 2.9 million compared to over 3 million last year.

"The decline is more substantial in international cargo traffic, reflecting trade slow down," Mr. Porciuncula said. Cebu Airport General Manager Danilo Francia said in a separate phone interview that "in Cebu Airport alone, there was a 38% and 8% decline year-on-year recorded in international cargo and passengers, respectively."

However, he said that domestic passenger traffic went up by 45% as local carriers continue to offer lower rates, while domestic cargo only experienced a 10% drop.

"We expect that international traffic will only experience flat growth, if not continuous decline this year," Mr. Francia said.

Meanwhile, IATA released international traffic data for April showing a 3.1% decline in passenger demand and a 21.7% fall in cargo demand compared to April 2008.

"The demand improvements that we saw in April are welcome. But the 3.1% decline in passenger demand still outstripped the 2.5% cutback in capacity. The worst may be over, however, we have not yet seen any signs that recovery is imminent," IATA’s Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said in a statement on Wednesday.
Asia Pacific carriers continued to see the most significant demand deterioration with 8.6% and 22.3% drop in passenger and cargo demand, respectively.
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Traffic from US and Korea on Downswing
Aviation board says passenger and cargo demands directly affected by global decline
by Jeremiah F. de Guzman


Airport officials said on Friday that the Philippines is also affected by the worldwide decline in international passenger and cargo demands as reported by International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Civil Aviation Board (CAB) deputy executive director Porvenir Porciuncula told BusinessWorld in a phone interview that the devaluation of the Korean won against the dollar has impacted travel especially in the country since Koreans comprise a significant chunk of international passenger traffic.

"Other airlines such as Northwest Airlines and Philippine Airlines have also experienced major drops affecting the Philippine international traffic in general," he added.

International passenger traffic went down to 2.9 million compared to over 3 million last year.

"The decline is more substantial in international cargo traffic, reflecting trade slow down," Mr. Porciuncula said. Cebu Airport General Manager Danilo Francia said in a separate phone interview that "in Cebu Airport alone, there was a 38% and 8% decline year-on-year recorded in international cargo and passengers, respectively."

However, he said that domestic passenger traffic went up by 45% as local carriers continue to offer lower rates, while domestic cargo only experienced a 10% drop.

"We expect that international traffic will only experience flat growth, if not continuous decline this year," Mr. Francia said.

Meanwhile, IATA released international traffic data for April showing a 3.1% decline in passenger demand and a 21.7% fall in cargo demand compared to April 2008.

"The demand improvements that we saw in April are welcome. But the 3.1% decline in passenger demand still outstripped the 2.5% cutback in capacity. The worst may be over, however, we have not yet seen any signs that recovery is imminent," IATA’s Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said in a statement on Wednesday.
Asia Pacific carriers continued to see the most significant demand deterioration with 8.6% and 22.3% drop in passenger and cargo demand, respectively.
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