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IATA urges Philippine government to focus on developing airport infrastructure

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Philippine government to train its focus on addressing the more urgent matter of airport infrastructure rather than entertaining proposals to increase aviation taxes in the form of a tourism tax and Green Fee. “Aviation is vital to the Philippines. It supports 1.2 million jobs and US$9.2 billion in GDP…But the social and economic benefits of air transport are at risk if …

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Philippines and South Korea finalize new air pact

The Philippines and South Korea have agreed to increase the number of flights that are operating between the two nations in order to cater to the robust demand. Civil Aeronautics Board Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla remarked that a delegation from the Philippines recently flew to Seoul for the latest round of negotiations. The agreement was to expand air traffic entitlements between Manila and all international airports in Korea to 20,000 …

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South Korea and Philippines agree to add more bilateral flights

Air travellers can now enjoy more flights between South Korea and the Philippines after the two sides agreed to lift the current quota ceiling of 31,500 seats per week to enable an unlimited number of flights. This development was announced by Seoul’s Transport Ministry which came after aviation talks with the Philippines. However, the quota remains at 20,000 seats a week for flights to Manila. The Ministry clarified the flight …

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Philippines and Italy sign Air Services Agreement

An Air Services Agreement (ASA) has been signed between the Philippines and Italy that would facilitate and promote the growth of regional and international prospects for both countries. Signing their names on the agreement were the Philippine Ambassador to Rome, Domingo Nolasco, and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) Undersecretary of State, Benedetto Della Vedova, in an event that was held in Rome. This agreement marks the …

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Philippines: Airline groups protest government plans for increased regulation of aviation sector

The Philippine government’s planned moves to increase regulation of the aviation sector were met with criticism from international airline groups. In particular, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) waxed hot over a proposal by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to cap airfares. “We are against this measure. The prices should be driven by market forces,” said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. “Putting caps is the best way …

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Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific seeks entitlements to Hong Kong and Bali

The operator of Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific is angling for entitlements to Hong Kong and Bali, Indonesia. Cebu Air Inc. filed an application with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for the provision and re-allocation of entitlements on the Manila to Hong Kong route. The entitlements being asked for are under a confidential Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region back in 2014. Cebu …

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Local airlines in the Philippines rail against airfare regulation plan by Civil Aeronautics Board

The idea of regulating airfares in the Philippines was branded “illogical” as it reduces the competitiveness of local carriers against their foreign counterparts but also might hinder the growth and development of the aviation industry. Sources with knowledge of the situation have shared that lawmakers have asked Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to “put a cap” on the maximum and minimum fares of local airlines, after they were “surprised by the …

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Philippine Airlines working with Philippine government to find solution to alleged unpaid navigational charges

The Philippines’ national carrier, Philippine Airlines, announced that they are working together with the government to find an amicable solution to the alleged PHP 6.63B in unpaid navigation charges it owes to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The CAAP issued a demand letter to PAL back in August of last year. PAL released this statement to address the simmering issue: “(The) alleged unpaid navigational charges involves complex …

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US-bound passengers of Philippine Airlines to expect more stringent security measures

Passengers of the Philippines’ flagship carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), bound for the United States are in for stricter security measures as the US Department of Homeland Security imposes a dry run of enhanced regulations. The tougher security measures for the US-bound flights—Manila-Los Angeles, Manila-San Francisco, Manila-Honolulu, Manila-Guam and Vancouver-New York—shall be in the form of “additional/expanded check-in procedures,” said PAL in a statement. “This planned move is in line with …

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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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