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Cebu Pacific asks Philippines government for extension of tax exemption

Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has requested the government for an extension of the tax exemption for all air and sea travel from the country to any locale within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), in line with the carrier’s newest foreign route between Zamboanga City and Sandakan, Malaysia. The BIMP-EAGA travel tax exemption covers all international travel in airports and seaports in the islands of Mindanao and Palawan to …

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Philippine lawmaker seeks quick turnaround of bill for air passengers’ rights

A Filipino lawmaker has urged the House of Representatives to expedite the approval of a bill that would uphold and protect the rights of air passengers. Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy reported that the House transportation committee had yet to discuss the Air Passenger Bill of Rights. However, she waxed hope that the lower chamber may be able to pass the measure on final reading later this year and …

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Philippines aviation officials looking to make skies “environment friendly”

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is searching for possible means to utilize alternative energy and lessen carbon emissions of the aviation sector in line with International Civil Aviation Organization-led initiative to make the skies more “environment friendly.” “This could be achieved through maximizing traffic flow of airborne aircraft arriving at a congested airport, implementation of the User-Preferred Routes over the oceanic airspace to allow air carriers to fly …

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Cebu Pacific urges Philippines and Japan to stage talks to add more entitlements

Low-cost Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific is exhorting the Philippine and Japanese governments to hold air-services discussions to potentially add more entitlements between Manila and Haneda. Cebu Pacific Spokesman Paterno S. Mantaring declared that the airline intends to fly to Haneda International Airport – the nearest air hub to Tokyo’s metropolis – but has encountered difficulties due to lack of entitlements. “We would like to expand our operations to Japan”, Mantaring …

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PAL opposes air talks with Qatar due to “overcapacity”

The Philippines’ flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) voiced their opposition to a new round of air talks with Qatar due to the current overcapacity in this market. According to PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista, they were opposed to adding seat entitlements due to overcapacity. “Our position is that there is over capacity. There should be no additional [seat entitlements] just like our position during the last air …

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Lawmakers warn Philippines carriers to shape up

Two major airline carriers in the Philippines have been given a stern warning by lawmakers to shape up or risk having their franchises reviewed. “The reason you can operate is that our bosses, the Filipino people, allow you to do so. Do not take advantage. Your enterprise is imbued with public interest. Wake up and shape up”, Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said during a recent hearing of …

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Philippines-UAE negotiations to revise Air Services Agreement hit snag

The Philippines-UAE discussions regarding a revision of the Air Services Agreement they have, has bogged down. “The talks ended in a deadlock. The parties were close to agreeing to some exchanges, including the commitment of Emirates to operate to Davao and additional flights to Manila, but the details could not be resolved as of yet,” Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla announced. “So the parties would meet again in …

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Philippines and UAE set to sign agreement that would allow flights to southern city of Davao

The Philippines government is set to finalize a landmark deal with two of the largest airlines from the Middle East, which would launch the first regular direct flights from the Davao International Airport to Dubai. The bilateral air service discussions between the Philippines and UAE would be held on April 26 and 27 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. Should it be ratified, the deal would see Emirates …

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Filipino lawmaker acts to ensure United Airlines incident does not happen in the Philippines

A Filipino lawmaker has vowed to make sure that the atrocious United Airlines incident does not happen in the Philippines by urging the House of Representatives to prioritize all bills that seek to uphold and protect the rights of air passengers. Arnolfo Teves Jr., a Representative from Negros Oriental, made the call in the aftermath of the controversial and violent “bumping” of David Dao, a passenger who was dragged off …

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Philippine carriers set to resume flights to India next year

Philippine carriers are targeting India as a new growth market with flights between the two nations set to resume next year. This is according to a report from  CAPA-Center for Aviation, which said that air traffic between the Philippines and India, is on the rise. The Philippines’ flagship carrier, Philippine Airlines, stopped operating flights to India in 2011 but is already pursuing air traffic rights, alongside with Cebu Pacific and …

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