Cebgo Expands Intra-Visayas Flights


Cebgo, the Gokongwei-led budget carrier announced it will mount daily flights between Cebu to Ormoc, Cebu to Roxas and Cebu to Calbayog starting November 19, 2016.

Cebgo said the three routes will use ATR 72-500 aircraft.

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“Cebu Pacific remains steadfast in providing the best connectivity options for passengers at lowest fare in the market. With the additional routes in and out of Cebu, the Queen City of the South, more guests can travel and visit scenic spots in the Visayas region. We will continue to expand our reach that will cater to our valued guests and boost trade and tourism agendas in the destinations that we operate in,” Paterno S. Mantaring, Jr., Cebu Pacific vice-president for corporate affairs, was quoted as saying in a statement.

The addition of the three new routes will bring to 25 the number of Cebu Pacific’s domestic routes from Cebu.

Aside from Cebu, the airline also operates flights out of its hubs in Manila, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo.

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Comendador is PH AirAsia Interim CEO


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PHILIPPINES AirAsia Inc. announced that Captain Dexter Comendador has been named interim chief executive officer effective July 30.

He replaces Joy Cañeba, who resigned after three years in the company.

Captain Comendador has over 34 years of experience in the aviation industry as officer of Philippine Air Force and commercial pilot for various airlines. He joined Philippines AirAsia in 2011 as director of flight operations and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2015.

Philippines AirAsia chair Maan Hontiveros said, “The board would like to thank Joy for her significant contribution to AirAsia. It was under her dynamic leadership that we successfully integrated and merged two airline companies in the Philippines, leading to the launching of Philippines AirAsia. We understand and fully support her decision to leave and wish her all the best in her legal career.”

Hontiveros added, “We are pleased that Captain Dexter has agreed to step into the interim CEO role and we are excited about the important change and strategic direction that we are committed to bring for our guests and travelers here and abroad. We remain focused on driving solid growth with emphasis on quality and innovation.”

The airline has recently expanded its network in China with the addition of Manila – Shanghai route last June 10. (PR)

Philippine Airlines: More Than 6-Fold Income


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National carrier Philippine Airlines expects 2016 to be a profitable year despite increasing competition and overcapacity. At its annual stockholders meeting held yesterday at Century Park Hotel, Manila, PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista (right) said the flag carrier posted a net income of $132.73 million in 2015, 35 times the   $3.80 million recorded in 2014. Also in photo is PAL chairman Lucio Tan.

Source: Louella Desiderio, http://www.philstar.com