MANILA – Philippine Airlines (PAL) may stop selling tickets to Dubai after the regulator rejected its code sharing agreement with Emirates Airlines.
Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) legal division head Wyrlou Samodio today told reporters that its board last week denied the extension of the code sharing agreement between PAL and Emirates.
The decision stems from the Philippine flag carrier’s failure to use its entitlements to Dubai.
Under a codeshare agreement, the two airlines are sharing the same flight and a seat can be purchased on each airline’s designator and flight number, which is operated by only one of cooperating parties.
Samodio said CAB is willing to reallocate the Dubai flight entitlements assigned to PAL if another Philippine carrier wants to apply for those entitlements.
PAL maintains 21 weekly flights for this route under a codeshare arrangement after it stopped its direct flights to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1998. PAL Express flies six times a week.
Sought for comment, Jorenz Tanada, spokesperson of Cebu Pacific, said the airline requested CAB to disallow the extension of a codeshare agreement between PAL and Emirates.
“Said agreement involves frequencies between Manila and Dubai that are meant for operation by Philippine carriers and yet are currently operated by Emirates,” Tanada said.
The budget airline last year began long-haul flights between Manila and Dubai. Cebu Pacific uses its Airbus A300-330 aircraft for its first 9-hour direct flight.
At present, there are 700,000 Filipinos in the UAE, the fourth largest concentration of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Source: Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com