OPINION: Pangdaigdigang Paliparan ng Pilipinas


After suffering and putting up with one of the world’s worst airports for years, many Netizens were beside themselves with excitement over the two-point proposal of PAL president and San Miguel CEO Ramon Ang to build a second runway at NAIA and a new world-class airport at the Cyber Bay area of Manila Bay.

The reaction is understandable considering the virtual disintegration of NAIA in comparison to airports of neighboring countries as well as the actual environment and services at the airport.

But while Netizens were busy wishing the new airport and the second runway into reality, several people missed the fact that by allowing Ramon Ang and San Miguel Corp. to make a presentation to the President and the Cabinet, Malacañang, particularly the President, may well be saying or showing that they are open for business and that the President welcomes professional advice and serious proposals outside of his Cabinet and best buddies.

It can also be considered as Presidential action to reduce red tape and legal paranoia that have so plagued his administration from day one. As the older members of media have continuously pointed out, the P-Noy administration has an overload of lawyers and not enough doers.

Considering the widespread and positive feedback that the presentation garnered from social and traditional media, the President should ride the wave and invite more mavericks, doers and even “critics” to the palace or some neutral forum where he can pick people’s brains, harvest fresh ideas, or anoint doers to get on with their program.

While P-Noy may carry the burden of leadership he should also consider and remember that all of the great leaders, big businessmen, even visionaries in history as well as in the Philippines never did it alone.

Many of them were full pledged ENABLERS who found people like Ramon Ang and simply supported an idea or a concept whose time had come, or was the answer to a common problem.

In an era where “innovation” is the buzzword, we need to remember that it is not usually the original idea that worked, brought fame, or made millions. In many cases, the man or the leader who recognized the potential or took advantage of it often got the credit and the honor.

In the case of the RSA proposals, neither P-Noy nor RSA or even the Filipino people will benefit or get any honor unless we enable each other to do our part, which takes me to the next point. In case no one noticed, the development of the Cebu/Mactan International Airport fell in the lap of an India-based outfit.

Then the government recently announced that the Palawan airport development project went to a South Korean company.

At the rate the DOTC officials have been responding to Ang’s proposal, it would seem like our one big chance of having a world-class airport built by Filipinos might slip by and end up with foreigners once again, simply on the merit of Jurassic rules and “cheapest gets the project.”

Ever since the P-Noy administration took over, people have talked about being proud of the Philippines, about promoting the Philippines. So far the only thing we can really consider a joint effort of all Filipinos, that is a certified success, is our “It’s More Fun in The Philippines” tourism campaign.

The anti-corruption campaign remains an acoustic war full of threats but no prisoners. But now we actually have a worthy challenge both for government and the private sector.

Here we have a chance to change the rules, rewrite our history of divisiveness and crab mentality, and actually attempt what has been commonplace in the private sector.

Anyone who thinks the new airport can’t be done is either blind or been living underground for the last few years. The Mall of Asia was built by a Filipino company. The Arena followed right after.

Just last Wednesday I drove around the spectacular stadium of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Bulacan, which reminded me of a super stadium in the United States. The INC stadium is HUGE, beautiful and from the outside clearly world-class.

So why can’t Filipinos, why can’t a world class Filipino company that is San Miguel Corp. build the airport we can be proud of? The fact of the matter is “Anything can be what we want it to be, if we want it hard enough.”

The problem is we have allowed the naysayers, our competitive spirits, and jealousy to get out of control, to the point of hurting all of us, not just our enemies or competitors.

Every modern day leadership guru or billionaire teaches us that our passion and our idea will only work and succeed when we share it with others. What we must first learn to share is a vision and our individual ability to think big and build big.

It is understandable that government officials are limited or fenced in by their reality and legalities, but that is also why government needs to combine and cooperate with private sector, not just stand on the sidelines or stay within the box.

My mentors have taught me that it is a lot easier to make or find P10 million than P1 million. People will willingly partner, fund or lend money to a great new idea, than to an old one with small returns.

The truth of the matter, although many of them won’t admit it, is that many of the so-called rival corporations and business leaders share or partition projects from time to time.

The only reason things get rough is when the project is too small or there is very little meat on the bone. Building what could be the Pangdaigdigang Paliparan ng Pilipinas (PPP) will be so huge it could be a construction fiesta for many corporations in the Philippines.

The next thing “would-be doers” need to learn is to see the problem and come up with the solution.

Many people throw their hands up the minute they see the problem because they don’t know the answer. What I’ve learned is someone else usually has the answer or is the solution.

The Philippine government had a problem called NAIA and is tied up in lots of bureaucracy. San Miguel Corp. has boldly stepped up to the plate and pitched.

Do we go for a home run or do we sit and watch some foreign company take over yet again?  “Puso” and “Bayanihan” are not just words — they are Filipino.

Source: CTALK by Cito Beltran, Philippine Star

Air Asia PH To Take on Philippine Mainstays


TACLOBAN CITY — AirAsia is eyeing to increase passenger volume in the Philippines by 50% this year, a top official said.

“I just turned 50 and I still have the energy to live in the next 50 years. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines should watch out for that growth,” AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Anthony F. Fernandes said in jest during a press conference here Friday.

He said the designation of Kalibo Airport in Aklan as the airline’s secondary hub in the country will open new opportunities.

“We have a very exciting plan outside of Manila where we can open up new markets through tourism growth,” he added.

He said the carrier plans to increase domestic flights to 13 from the current seven per day between Manila and Kalibo.

In addition, the airline plans several new services to China by June, specifically to Wenzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Ningbo, Changsha, Xiamen, and Hangzhou.

Marianne Hontiveros, Philippines AirAsia president and chief executive officer, said consolidation with Zest Air, Inc. this year will be a major growth driver for the airline in this country.

“We are in the final stages of consolidation with AirAsia Zest. We are just waiting for the approval of the Senate before moving to final acquisition,” Ms. Hontiveros said.

Philippines AirAsia bought into Zest Air, which has been rebranded to AirAsia Zest. The two airlines have just completed consolidation and rationalization of domestic rates.

The merger will bring total flights to 50 for domestic routes and 20 for international destinations.

Ms. Hontiveros said the carrier was also awaiting approval by the Civil Aeronautics Board to fly to Bangkok, Singapore and Japan from Manila or Kalibo.

The airline is also eyeing expansion to Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 4 and additional slots at terminal 3.

“The restoration of category 1 (by the United States Federal Aviation Administration last Apr. 9) for Manila Airport and the lifting of European Union ban (for Philippine Airlines in July last year and Cebu Pacific also on Apr. 9) will open many opportunities for AirAsia and Philippines,” she added.

Meanwhile, the airline has raised P97 million to rebuild 500 homes and finance livelihood activities for survivors of typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas. The main recipient, Philippine Red Cross, will build 325 homes in Panay for P46 million while Habitat for Humanity will get P37.4 million to construct 187 permanent housing in Tacloban City. The livelihood component has been allotted P8 million, which will be used to revive sari-sari stores through Hapinoy’s Project Bagong Araw. Some donations were set aside to aid affected airport workers.

“The campaign ‘To Philippines With Love’ received donations from people in 75 countries all over the world. AirAsia is proud to match this donation and ensure that every cent goes to rebuilding lives,” Mr. Fernandes said.

The airline accepted cash donations on board flights and at airports as well as through AirAsia Foundation’s microsite.

Source: Sarwell Q. Meniano, Business World

Philippine Airlines Fleet

A330-343, RP-C8760, cn 1510 (Image Source: Dn280)
De Havilland DHC-8-402Q Dash 8, RP-C3031, cn 4071(Image Source: Terry Figg)
Airbus A340-313, RP-C3435, cn 332 (Image Source: Jan Natividad)
Airbus A320-214, RP-C8398, cn 5103 (Image Source: Angelo Agcamaran)
Airbus A320-214, RP-C8398, cn 5103 (Image Source: Angelo Agcamaran)
Airbus A319-112, RP-C8602, cn 2954 (Image Source: Dobel)
Airbus A319-112, RP-C8602, cn 2954 (Image Source: Dobel)
Boeing 777-36N/ER, RP-C7777, cn 37709/826 (Image Source: Stuart Haigh)
Boeing 777-36N/ER, RP-C7777, cn 37709/826 (Image Source: Stuart Haigh)
Airbus A321-23, RP-C9905, cn 5820 (Image Source: Khuat Quang Huy)
Airbus A321-23, RP-C9905, cn 5820 (Image Source: Khuat Quang Huy)
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314Q Dash 8, RP-C3020, cn 583 (Image Source: Gleb Osokin)
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314Q Dash 8, RP-C3020, cn 583 (Image Source: Gleb Osokin)


Opinion: NAIA 1 Mess Is Anti-Filipino


The gross mismanagement of NAIA is anti-Filipino, unpatriotic. No Filipino who loves his country will inflict such suffering on fellow Filipinos. Anyone who subjects the country and our people to international ridicule for having the worst or near worst airport worldwide has to be anti-Filipino.

I caught the replay of Karen Davila’s interview of DOTC Sec. Jun Abaya last week where he blamed the non-functioning air conditioners to government procurement policies. It takes nine months to get anything, he pointed out, compared to private companies where things can be purchased right away.

I was about to totally lose my respect for SecJun but he quickly caught himself and added that a government manager who is aware of the procurement lag time should plan ahead and request for things way in advance. He stopped short of blaming the NAIA GM for failing to do that, the reason why NAIA is now a hell hole.

Sayang. If only Karen was better informed, she could have pointed out that the air conditioning problem was not new. It existed even before the Aquino administration took office. GM Bodet Honrado knew the problem on Day One but did nothing.

In fact, all three NAIA terminals have been having that problem on and off. SecJun must remember I once texted him to tell him Terminal 3 was hot as an oven and that was exactly a year ago. Terminal 2 had similar problems but Ramon Ang made a quick decision to just let Philippine Airlines quickly repair and replace problem air conditioners (and back up power system too) even if there is no assurance the airline would be reimbursed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). It didn’t take nine months.

GM Honrado had been managing or rather, he had been mismanaging NAIA for almost four years now. Any boss who still accepts his excuses for failure must by now take full responsibility for the underling’s mess.

I found it amusing that SecJun told Karen he has ordered NAIA management to do stop gap measures like buying whatever air conditioning packages they can get their hands on and do it quickly. Emergency purchases, in other words. Nothing warms the cockles of the corrupt bureaucrat’s heart than thoughts of overpriced goods justified by emergency needs.

I have been told that inducing an emergency situation had been a usual practice of many bureaucrats including or probably, specially those at NAIA. There were even suggestions that they may have deliberately caused facilities like air conditioners to malfunction so emergency purchases can be made.

If GM Honrado cannot manage NAIA, why does he insist on being there? I say it is unpatriotic to be inept in a way that compromises the quality of service delivery to the public. And it is unpatriotic of P-Noy to knowingly keep a friend who lacks the competence to hold public office.

I am embarrassed and angered by NAIA. I don’t know of any Filipino, perhaps even Honrado himself, who is not embarrassed by the state of affairs at NAIA.

I caught an interview of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on TV Patrol and when he was asked about what delegates to the World Economic Forum would think about the Philippines after seeing and experiencing NAIA, I sensed Purisima was embarrassed too.

But since he is a cabinet member, Purisima tried to respond the best way he can. He quipped that in other countries they get excited with heat. I guess he was trying to be funny in a sarcastic kind of way. He should have said that Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez asked Honrado to give the delegates a warm welcome and Honrado is just being efficiently compliant.

Sec. Purisima cannot in all seriousness believe what he said that the WEF delegates will take the NAIA mess as an indication that things are moving on and progress is being made. As I said, it has been almost four years… if it is only now that such slow movement is happening, something is terribly wrong.

I doubt WEF delegates will look kindly at the NAIA mess. Adequate infrastructure is one of WEF’s indicators for competitiveness. The last time they measured 148 countries, we were 84th on transport infrastructure in general, 113th in airports and 116th in seaports. Totally pathetic!

Last year’s WEF conference in Asia was held in Myanmar. Phons Ang, one of my FB friends, just posted some pictures of the airport and it looked nothing like NAIA and best of all, it had air conditioning. Myanmar could have had the excuse that they are just starting to get things done now. Our infrastructure, on the other hand, have deteriorated over the last 30 years.

No wonder, when I posted pictures from a brochure of San Miguel Corporation on their proposed new airport for Metro Manila, the response was almost totally positive. But they want to know how long it will take for this dream to happen.

I share their excitement and expectation but I am afraid I am not that hopeful. I am sure it won’t happen if DOTC SecJun Abaya and his bureaucratic crew have anything to say about it. Sec Jun already said that they don’t favor this kind of initiative from the private sector.

But really, it makes no sense for government to block such an initiative because 1) we need such an airport, like yesterday; 2) DOTC cannot build anything like it in a dozen years and 3) government cannot manage any such facility if present experience in NAIA is any indication.

Besides, what is there to lose? San Miguel will risk its own capital and money borrowed from willing lenders here and abroad. The land that will be used is privately owned. All that the government must concern itself with is compliance with international aviation rules (CAAP), environmental impact and over all safety considerations for the building and the reclaimed land.

Ramon Ang told me that he had presented his plan to P-Noy and he is hopeful. But RSA is always hopeful. Unless P-Noy makes it clear he wants it done, I am sure the DOTC mafia will shoot it down.

But it is good news P-Noy liked RSA’s proposal to add another runway at NAIA that is doable within a year or so depending on how fast government acts. As I reported in this column some weeks ago, RSA showed me a drawing based on Google Map and pointed out where a second runway can be constructed within ICAO specifications.

The second runway will drastically reduce congestion and extend the useful life of NAIA by ten years or so. Most of the land already belongs to government. There is a smaller patch of land that may have to be expropriated or taken back from informal settlers. I see the squatter problem here as less of a real problem if P-Noy is determined to do something big before he leaves office.

But if P-Noy wants to really leave a legacy with impact beyond his term, he has to go with RSA’s new international airport. It will not be finished before 2016 but if they move fast enough, people can already see it taking shape.

For the World Economic Forum happening here this week, it is best to keep expectations low.  Public Works Sec Babes Singson talked of showcasing our infrastructure projects, as if!

Singson got carried away: “We want to show that infrastructure projects really make a difference in economic development like in Singapore and Malaysia. They can see how much they can invest in infrastructure and they can really be assured that the Philippines has an understanding of what they are investing in.”

Sorry to burst your bubble, Sec Singson but the first thing they will see is NAIA 1. The credibility of whatever else you tell them afterwards will be measured against their actual warm experience at NAIA 1 and conclude this government’s infra talk is just a lot of hot air.

Lucky for us, San Miguel came out with their airport plans. I suggest that the colorful airport brochure be given to every delegate. That should help mitigate the horror of the NAIA 1 they personally experienced with the promise of a new modern airport proposed by and to be managed by the private sector.

The San Miguel airport is a big audacious project for us. And we need one such big audacious project to cheer us up and convince us all is not lost and we Pinoys have what it takes to do grand infrastructure like this.

I share the view of Roy Golez who quickly posted his full support for RSA’s proposal on Facebook. “While the economy is moving, it’s not dramatic enough. What we need is a BIG DREAM, a BIG, WORLD CLASS DREAM. We need to DREAM BIG again and this is a doable BIG DREAM. What are we waiting for?????”

Source: Boo Chanco, philstar.com

Qatar Airways To Continue Flying To Clark International Airport (CRK)


Qatar Airways will continue flying to the Clark International Airport (CIA) in the Philippines, even though the Emirates Airlines, the only other Gulf carrier to the destination, suspended daily flights from May 3.

In a press statement sent to Gulf Times, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) said Qatar Airways country manager (Philippines) Abdallah Okasha made the announcement during the Clark Aviation Conference held at Holiday Inn Resort at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga yesterday.

Okasha noted that Qatar Airways has recorded at least a 50% to 90% increase in the load factor since its maiden flight to CIA. The airline is using Airbus 330 aircraft with a capacity of 305 passengers.

“We are proud to highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to the Philippines will continue,” he said, as he thanked the Philippine government, business communities, trade players, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) officials and the CIAC management headed by CEO Victor Jose Luciano for all the support they have given to QA.

“Special thanks to the management of CIAC for putting Qatar Airways to the Global Community when we launched our 133 destinations last October 2013 at Clark Airport,” Okasha stressed in the same statement.

Ambassador Crescente Relacion joined senior Qatar Airways officials and hundreds of OFWs from Qatar during the maiden flight in October last year.

Supporting the statement of Okasha, CIAC president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano also noted an increase of Qatar Airways  passengers via its Clark daily flights. He said that the airline’s flights to Clark were always fully booked and OFWs from Northern Philippines preferred to land at CIA.

Luciano also thanked Qatar Airways  for its trust and confidence to CIA. He vowed to continue supporting all the endeavours and operations of the airline at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

CIAC said Emirates Airlines had suspended its Clark flights due to low load factor, intense competition and reportedly because of the huge excise tax imposed by the Philippine Bureau of International Revenue on jet fuel used for international flights.

In an earlier statement sent to Gulf Times, an airline spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that it is suspending its daily, non-stop service between Clark International Airport and Dubai from 1st May 2014. The decision was made after a review of the airline’s operations to ensure the best utilisation of its aircraft fleet for its overall business objectives.” The airline will continue its three daily, non-stop flights between Manila and Dubai.

CIA is currently rehabilitating its facilities in a bid to improve its services as it prepares to be the next alternative airport after NAIA in Manila.

The new passenger terminal building had been completed recently and fully operating. It can accommodate at least 4mn passengers annually. CIAC spent P417mn for its phase 2 expansion project and another P7.2bn was proposed for the construction of a low-cost carrier terminal designed to accommodate 10 million passengers annually.

Besides Qatar Airways, other airlines operating at Clark Airport included Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Air Philippines, Asiana Airlines, Dragonair, Jin Air, and Seair-International.

Tiger Airways Seeks Gov’t Permit To Fly To South Korea

Image Source: Wong Chi Lam, Planespotters.net

MANILA, Philippines—Tiger Airways Philippines is seeking regulatory approval to fly to South Korea, the Philippines’ No. 1 source of tourists, a filing with the Civil Aeronautics Board showed.

Tiger Airways Philippines, a unit of dominant budget carrier Cebu Pacific, said in a letter to the Civil Aeronautics Board that it was applying for designation as official Philippine carrier to Korea.

The CAB was set to decide on the application on June 12, the letter showed. Ahead of this period, parties opposing the application could make the appropriate filings, the CAB added.

Expansion to South Korea was only made possible recently when the US Federal Aviation Administration restored the Philippines’ category 1 status after it had complied with international safety standards. The restriction that the United States used to bar domestic carriers from expanding their operations had also been adopted by the North Asian economy.

Tiger Airways Philippines’ application comes as the country is looking to potentially amend an existing air deal with South Korea on expectations travel between both countries would increase.

A total of 220,831 South Korean tourists visited the Philippines in the first quarter, accounting for almost 25 percent of all inbound traffic, the Department of Tourism said. This was higher than the 131,979 visitors from the United States, the country’s second-biggest market, the DOT added.

Tiger Airways Philippines, which was still using the corporate name Southeast Asian Airlines Inc. at the time of the filing, was acquired by Cebu Pacific in February as part of a “wide-ranging” alliance with Singapore’s Tiger Airways, a former shareholder.

That deal increased the domestic market share of Cebu Pacific to 56 percent when the transaction closed in February. This is apart from giving Cebu Pacific access to Tigerair Philippines’ valuable slots at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the country’s busiest air gateway.

The takeover also neutralized an aggressive competitor, cutting the local commercial aviation sector to three major players: Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia of Malaysia, which analysts said would have the effect of improving industry profit margins moving forward.

Together with Tiger Airways Philippines, Cebu Pacific was projected to serve about 17 million passengers this year, up 18 percent from 2013, Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei said in April.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, PDI.

Cebu Pacific Q1 Profit Plunges

Cebu Pacific Air
Still the most profitable airlines in the Philippines despite the Q1 profit plunges.

MANILA, Philippines—The country’s largest budget carrier, Cebu Pacific, saw a drastic 86-percent decline in profit during the first quarter due to higher expenses from its long-haul service to Dubai, while foreign exchange losses offset revenue gains.

Cebu Pacific said in its disclosure to the stock exchange that net income during the period went down to P164.16 million, from the P1.16 billion registered in the same period last year.

Still, Cebu Pacific saw its revenues rise by 11.6 percent to P11.76 billion during the period. Passenger revenues alone reached P8.85 billion—8.3 percent higher year-on-year.

The rise was brought on by the 7.1 percent increase in passengers flying Cebu Pacific. The airline also managed to increase ticket prices by 1.1 percent to P2,337 on the average.

Cebu Pacific said it added more planes, including wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft, which it uses for its Manila-Dubai route.

That increase also contributed to operating expenses, which came in at P11.25 billion—up 22 percent during the quarter. The increase was due to Cebu Pacific’s “expanded operations with the launch of its long haul services last October 2013, and growth in seat capacity from the acquisition of new aircraft.”

Cebu Pacific said operating income was thus lower by 61.2 percent to P512.38 million. The weakened peso during the period also brought foreign exchange losses to P193.65 million.

Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei said in March that earnings in the first half of 2014 would be weighed down by higher costs on foreign exchange volatility. The company, nevertheless, said it would continue its strategy to expand long-haul routes despite the tough competition. It started this segment with flights to Dubai last October. It is now eyeing flights to Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Gokongwei also said the airline was studying flights to Guam and Hawaii, as well as European cities, due to the lifting of flight restrictions last month.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, PDI. 


Cebu Pacific Flew 3.74 Million Passengers as of March


Budget airline Cebu Pacific flew over 3.74 million passengers during the first quarter, an increase of 6 percent from the same period last year, the Gokongwei-led carrier said in a statement Thursday.

Cebu Pacific said the gains came from the expansion of its network, increased flight frequencies in “key markets” and lower ticket prices.

The increase did not include gains from the acquisition of Tigerair Philippines, which was completed in February.

The airline started recognizing contributions in the second quarter of 2014, company spokesman Jorenz Tañada said.

In a statement, Tañada said twin affirmations from the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Union would help the company enhance its position in the market.

“With the recent lift of the EU ban and the FAA Category 1 upgrade for the Philippines, [Cebu Pacific] is in a stronger position to explore the possibility of serving even more of our ‘kababayans’ and travellers in new markets like Guam, Hawaii, and the EU,” he said in the statement.

Cebu Pacific also cited growth in several international tourism and trade markets, such as Indonesia, Japan and China, that contributed to foreign tourist arrivals in the country.

The airline recently launched a daily service between Manila and Narita-Tokyo and a four times weekly service from Manila to Nagoya in Japan.

Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei said Cebu Pacific expected to fly about 17 million people this year, up 18 percent from 14.4 million in 2013.

The figure includes operations from Tigerair Philippines.

CEB’s 51-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 30 Airbus A320, three Airbus A330 and eight ATR-72 500 aircraft.

It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 11 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo and three Airbus A330 aircraft.

Cebu Pacific is currently the only profitable domestic carrier, having posted a net income of P511.9 million in 2013.

That figure was 85 percent below the previous year mainly due to foreign exchange losses.

Increasing demand for budget travel boosted revenues to P41 billion, up 8 percent last year.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, Philippine Daily Inquirer



Cebu Pacific To Return 5 Airbuses To Tiger Airways Singapore By Q3, 2014


Budget airline Cebu Pacific will complete the return of five Airbus aircraft from newly-acquired Tiger Airways to their original owner Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd.

Two of Tiger Airways’ Airbus A319s have already been returned to the Singaporean airline while three more A320s will be returned by the third quarter of 2014, lawyer Jorenz Tañada, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs, said in a text message.

According to aviation market analysis firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, “Cebu Pacific was unwilling to assume the Tigerair Philippines fleet of five A320 family aircraft as they are powered with different engines from Cebu Pacific’s A320 fleet.”

Cebu Pacific spent $7 million to buy the 40 percent share of Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd and $8 million for the 60 percent owned by Filipino businessmen in Tigerair Philippines, giving the budget airline 100-percent control when the purchase was completed on March 22.

It plans to rename Tiger to Go Air Inc.

Cebu Pacific currently operates more than 2,200 flights a week to 24 international and 33 Philippine destinations in its network while Tigerair Philippines operates 118 flights a week week to 11 domestic and international destinations.

The combined fleet is expected to allow Cebu Pacific to fly to high-growth markets like Australia, Myanmar, and India and allow Tigerair Philippines to fly more passengers to additional cities in Cebu Pacific’s network in the Philippines and North Asia.

Source: JDS, GMA News