Tigerair is now Cebgo


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THE airline formerly known as Tigerair Philippines is signalling a change in fortunes and direction through its rebrand to Cebgo, the budget carrier announced yesterday.

Acquired in its entirety by Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) in March 2014, Tigerair Philippines will now operate as Cebgo and continue to fly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 and Clark International Airport to its 16 destinations.

Cebgo’s new identity includes a new logo in CEB colours to reflect its ties to parent company CEB, and flight and ground crew will don Cebgo uniforms in the near future.

“The new Cebgo brand clearly identifies us as part of the CEB group, and streamlines our operations further. Cebgo will continue to leverage on CEB’s distribution channels and network, and work together to serve more guests,” said Michael Ivan Shau, Cebgo president and CEO, in a press release.

Following CEB’s acquisition of the LCC in March last year, Cebgo has trimmed its financial losses and introduced 10 new services.

The airline has 55 aircraft in its fleet and is scheduled to take delivery of seven more Airbus A320s and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft by 2021.

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Tigerair Philippines Flies To Legazpi and Puerto Princesa


Tigerair Philippines announces new routes to Legazpi and Puerto Princesa

Tigerair Philippines will launch daily flights from Manila to Legazpi and five times weekly flights from Cebu to Puerto Princesa beginning March 29, 2015.

The airline’s flights from Manila to Legazpi will depart at 10:30AM, and arrive in Legazpi at 11:35AM. The return flight will depart Legazpi at 12:15PM, and arrive in Manila at 1:20PM.

Tigerair Philippines’ flights from Cebu to Princesa will depart at 11:30AM, and arrive in Puerto Princesa at 12:45PM. The return flight will depart Puerto Princesa at 1:25PM, and arrive in Cebu at 2:40PM.

“We are happy to announce our new flights to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines – Legazpi and Puerto Princesa. We look forward to offering low fares to even more destinations,” said Atty. Leilani de Leon, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs, Tigerair Philippines.

With these new routes, Tigerair Philippines now offers flights to a total of 14 destinations: Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, and Hong Kong. It utilizes a fleet of four Airbus A320 aircraft.

Source: Aviation Tribune

Complete List of Canceled Flights During Papal Visit – Cebu Pacific & Tigerair (2 of 3)


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Cebu Pacific

January 15: Domestic Flights
5J479/480 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J481/482 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J529/530 Manila – Busuanga – Manila
5J531/532 Manila – Busuanga – Manila
5J539/540 Manila – Busuanga – Manila
5J787/788 Manila – Butuan – Manila
5J899/900 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J905/906 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J911/912 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J573/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J569/570 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J571/572 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J385/386 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J389/390 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J391/392 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J629/630 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
5J955/956 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J969/972 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J973/974 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J975/966 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J979  Manila – Davao
5J995/996 Manila – General Santos – Manila
5J447/448 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J449/450 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J455/456 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J459/460 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J461/462 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J463/464 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J327/328 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J329/330 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J653/654 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J657/658 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J659/660 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila
5J855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J857/858 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J140/141 Cebu – Caticlan – Cebu
5J960 Davao – Manila

January 15: International Flights

5J929/930 Manila – Bangkok – Manila
5J118/119 Manila – Hong Kong – Manila
5J188/189 Manila – Incheon – Manila
5J828/827 Manila – Osaka – Manila
5J5038/5039 Manila – Nagoya – Manila

January 19: Domestic Flights

5J473/474 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J485/486 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J529/530 Manila – Busuanga – Manila
5J785/786 Manila – Butuan – Manila
5J891/892 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J893/894 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J895/898 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J907/896 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J885/886 Manila – Cotabato – Manila
5J561/554 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J553/562 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J563/564 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J381/382 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J383/384 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J196/197 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
5J625/626 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
5J961/962 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J963/964 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J975/966 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J991/992 Manila – General Santos – Manila
5J451/452 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J453/454 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J323/324 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J521/522 Manila – Naga – Manila
5J781/782 Manila – Ozamiz – Manila
5J771/772 Manila – Pagadian – Manila
5J635/636 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J637/638 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J513/514 Manila – San Jose – Manila
5J651/652 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J821/822 Manila – Virac – Manila
5J849/850 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J851/852 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J857/858 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J134/135 Cebu – Caticlan – Cebu

January 19: International Flights

5J929/930 Manila – Bangkok – Manila
5J108/109 Manila – Hong Kong – Manila
5J110/111 Manila – Hong Kong – Manila

Tiger Air Philippines

January 15

DG7084/7085 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
DG7829/7830 Manila – Butuan – Manila
DG7804/7805 Manila – Cebu – Manila
DG7028/7029 Manila – Davao – Manila
DG7406/7407 Manila – General Santos – Manila
DG7058/7059 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG7062/7063 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
DG7602/7603 Manila – Roxas – Manila

January 19

DG7082/7083 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
DG7002/7003 Manila – Cebu – Manila
DG7072/7073 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
DG7074/7075 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
DG7054/7055 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG7042/7043 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
DG7044/7045 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
DG7902/7903 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila

Tigerair Flies to GES


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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Tigerair, the sister company of Cebu Pacific, Inc. (Cebu Pacific) has started to fly to General Santos City from Manila.

Following its maiden flight on Friday afternoon, November 28, Tigerair will start flying 5 times a week. This will make the average number of daily flights serving the city to 6, and will accommodate more than 1,000 passengers flying out daily of General Santos City.

Like Cebu Pacific, it will also offer budget fares, with the lowest one-way ticket starting at P2,008 ($44.78*).

“Tigeriar looks forward to offering additional flight and destination options for its guests,” Tigerair legal and corporate affairs chief Leilani de Leon said.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera said Tigerair’s entry into the Manila-General Santos City route will augur well for the province.

“It will boost the local economy and provide additional facilities for connectivity,” Dillera said.

Tigerair will use the Airbus 320 aircraft which has a capacity of 180 passengers.

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Philippine Airlines is already serving the Manila-General Santos City route using an Airbus 330-300.

Cebu Pacific has been serving the route as well, while Air Asia is expected to fly daily to General Santos City soon.

General Santos City became the hub of air passenger traffic following the entry of budget airlines that competed against super ferries, which eventually stopped navigating the Manila-General Santos City sea route.

The entry of budget airlines in the province has boosted tourism in the SOCCSKSARGEN region with a total of 1.67 million arrivals from January to September.

Passenger traffic is seen to increase to more than 1,600 a day during the Christmas season, General Santos City Airport administration officer Dante Fernandez said.

To date, the Department of Transportation and Communications has already submitted a P900-million ($20.06 million) budget for the proposed new airport terminal building in General Santos.

The airport, funded by an USAID grant, was built in 1993 and started operated commercially in 1996.

The airport also boasted having the longest airport runway outside of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with more than 3,000 meters of all-weather taxiway. Rappler.com

Cebu Pacific & Tigerair Philippines: On Track To Meet 17M Passengers for 2014


MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and Tiger Airways Philippines (Tigerair) posted a 15.7% growth by flying 13.94 million passengers from January to October this year.

For the same period last year, the budget carriers flew 12.04 million passengers.

The continuous growth was “driven by increased presence in key markets, sustained demand for air travel, and industry capacity rationalization,” Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs Jorenz Tañada said.

The capacity of Cebu Pacific and Tigerair grew 13.1% to 16.56 million in the first 10 months of 2014 from 14.64 million in the same period in 2013, attributed to the delivery of 4 brand new aircraft. This also translated to a higher load factor of 84.2% for the same period this year, versus 82.3% in the same period in 2013.

The number of flights also rose 5.2% – from 96,563 to 101,586. For October alone, the volume of passengers carried by Cebu Pacific and Tigerair jumped 24.2% – from 1.13 million to 1.41 million in the same month in 2013.

Capacity also rose 12.8% – from 1.49 million to 1.68 million, translating to a higher load factor of 83.9% from 76.2%. Number of flights went up by 7.4 percent – from 9,605 to 10,318.

The Gokongwei airlines are also on track to meet the target of 17 million passengers for 2014.

Cebu Pacific is also beefing up its flights to 9 domestic and 3 international routes in time for the Christmas season.

By December 15, Cebu Pacific will mount additional, twice weekly Manila-Cebu and Manila-Tuguegarao routes; thrice weekly flights for the Manila-Dumaguete route; and 4 times weekly flights for the Manila-Zamboanga route.

Passengers traveling from the Visayas region to Singapore could also expect additional weekly flights for the Iloilo-Singapore route between December 17 and January 14.

Cebu Pacific will also mount additional thrice weekly flights for the Cebu-Singapore route between December 19 and January 7.

The budget carrier will also utilize the large A330 aircraft for some of its Manila-Singapore flights from December 15 to January 9. – Rappler.com

Low-Cost Carriers Mount More Int’l, Domestic Routes


MANILA, Philippines – Low-cost carriers are eyeing more international and domestic routes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu.

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Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei has asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to allow it to impose fuel surcharge for new international routes particularly in Japan and Taipei.

Cebu Pacific said it intends to fly to Narita where it intends to impose a fuel surcharge of $71 per passenger as well as Taipei where passengers would be charged $34 from Cebu.

On the other hand, the low-cost carrier also intends to mount flights to Fukuoka via NAIA where it intends to impose a fuel surcharge of $48 per passenger.

Another Gokongwei-led airline also intends to mount flights to Butuan via Manila where it intends to impose a fuel surcharge of P500 per passenger.

Cebu Pacific spent $7 million to acquire the 40 percent share of Tiger Airways Singapore Pte. Ltd. and $8 million for the 60 percent owned by Filipino businessmen in Tiger Airways Philippines.

Cebu Pacific and Tigerair made further progress on their interline agreement with the first interline flights available for sale on the Tigerair website from July 23 and available on the website of Cebu Pacific starting September.

The interline agreement between Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways Singapore Holdings Ltd. created the biggest network of flights from the Philippines to the Asia Pacific region.

Based on its latest operating statistics, Cebu Pacific and Tigerair Philippines flew 11.26 million passengers from January to August or 14.6 percent higher than the 9.83 million passengers carried in the same period last year.

The increase could be attributed to the increase in the number of aircraft to 50 compared to the a year-ago level of 46, resulting to a 13.7 percent increase in capacity to 13.34 million from 11.73 million.

Both Cebu Pacific and Tigerair Philippines expect to fly 17 million passengers this year. It is in the middle of a $4 billion refleeting program aimed at acquiring 49 brand new Airbus aircraft.

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Meanwhile, AirAsia Zest intends to launch new routes from its Cebu and Kalibo hubs.

The low-cost carrier would fly to Davao and Cagayan de Oro from Cebu, imposing a fuel surcharge of P300 per passenger as well as to Davao from Kalibo where passengers would be charged P400.

AirAsia Zest chief executive officer Joy Cañeba said the low cost carrier is committed in connecting communities in the Philippines.

“With our newest routes between Cebu and Mindanao we would like to provide much-needed connections and tap into underserved markets, grow it, as there is definitely great tourism and business potentials between these awesome cities. Let’s paint these cities red and make traveling more affordable, fun, convenient, reliable and on time,” she said.

AirAsia Zest also services flights from Cebu to Manila, Incheon/Seoul, South Korea and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“This is just the beginning of our new plans for Cebu as we are set to expand our presence here with new international direct flights and offer ‘fly-thru’ products to connect all Filipinos to the rest of AirAsia Group’s massive network covering over 88 destinations stretching across China, India and Australia,” Cañeba added.

Philippines’ AirAsia and Zest Airways of Ambassador Alfredo Yao entered into a strategic alliance agreement last year, allowing the former to acquire an 85 percent economic interest and 49 percent voting rights in ZestAir as well as a 100 percent interest in Yao’s Asiawide Airways Inc.

In exchange, Yao’s ZestAir got $16 million as well as a 13 percent interest in AirAsia. Since then, the airline has been rebranded AirAsia Zest.

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili, Philippine Star

Tigerair Philippines Now Flies to Roxas and Tagbilaran


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Tigerair Philippines with its network made wider with Cebu Pacific, now flies daily from Manila to Tagbilaran and Roxas. The new flights will utilize Airbus A320 aircrafts.

The Tagbilaran (Bohol) service departs daily from Manila at 6:00 AM and lands in Tagbilaran (Bohol) at 7:15 in the morning. The return flight departs 7:55 AM and lands in Manila at 9:10 in the morning.

The airline’s Roxas service will depart daily from Manila at 2:00 PM and will land in Roxas at 3:05 in the afternoon. The return flight will depart Roxas at 3:35 PM and will land in Manila at 4:40 in the afternoon.

“Tigerair Philippines, through its network made wider with Cebu Pacific, looks forward to offering additional flight and destination options for its guests,” said Atty. Leilani de Leon, Tigerair Philippines Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs.

From Tagbilaran, the maiden flight was sent off by CAAP (OIC-TAG) Engr. Dennis Aures, Executive Assistant of the Governor Anthony Damalerio, Tiger Air Philippines Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer Atty. Leilani De Leon, City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja, Tagbilaran City Councillors Abeleon Damalerio, Lucille Lagunay, Jermiahs Pabe and DOT Region VII Director Rowena Montecillo.

The maiden flight from Roxas was sent off by Department of Tourism Region 6 Regional Director Atty. Helen Catalbas, Capiz Governor Victor Tangco, Capiz Vice Governor Esteban Contreras, Roxas Airport Manager Martin Tere, Provincial Administrator Atty. Jose Villanueva, Secretary to the Mayor Bryan Argos, Roxas City Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, and Tigerair Director for Corporate Affairs Malou Pangilinan.

With the new routes, Tigerair Philippines offers over 240 weekly flights to one international and 13 domestic destinations: Hong Kong, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Tagbilaran. It utilizes a fleet of four Airbus A320 aircraft.

 

CEB Passengers Hit 11.3 M in 9 months


Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and Tiger Airways Philippines, combined, carried nearly 11.3 million passengers, year-to-date, as of August, 14.6 percent more than the 9.8 million it carried year-on-year in 2013, according to the flag-carrier’s latest operating statistics.

The airlines registered an almost 14 percent increase in capacity, from 11.734 million to 13.342 million and a 0.6 point increase in seat load factor, from 83.8 percent to 84.4 percent.

CEB also posted a 21 percent increase in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK)  year-to-date, from 8.75 billion to 10.6 billion and a 23 percent surge in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK), from 10.6 billion to 13 billion.

The flag carrier increased its number of flights by 5.2 per cent to 81,838, year-to-date, with a 2 percent increase in Average Sector Distance of 823 kilometers and an 8.7 increase in the number of aircraft, at 50, as of period end.

As of August, 2014, CEB and Tiger Airways Philippines flew 1.412 million passengers, almost 17 percent more than the same period last year.

The airlines have likewise increased their capacity by 17 percent, from 1.5 million to 1.75 million and upped their seat load factor by 0.1 points from 80.7 to 80.8 percent,

Correspondingly, their RPK shot up 23.4 percent to 1.4 billion while their ASK  surged 24 percent to 1.7 billion.

Together, CEB and Tiger Airways Philippines logged 10,705 flights in August, 10.6 per cent more than the comparative period, with 1.3 per cent more Average Sector Distance of 814 kilometers and 9 per cent more aircraft, at 50 on period end.

As part of the strategic alliance between the CEB Group and Tiger Air Group, effective March 20, 2014, Tigerair Philippines has joined CEB’s network.

CEB currently operates a fleet of 43 Airbuses and will take delivery of a dozen more aircraft between this year and 2021. It began long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013 and expects the arrival of 3 more Airbus A330 aircraft from 2014 to 2015.

Aside from its 24 international destinations, CEB also serves 33 domestic destinations from six hubs: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao.

CEB’s international destinations cover: Brunei, Cambodia (Siem Reap), China (Beijing), China (Guangzhou), China (Shanghai), China (Xiamen), Hong Kong, Indonesia (Bali), Indonesia (Jakarta), Japan (Nagoya), Japan (Narita), Japan (Osaka), Korea (Busan), Korea (Incheon), Macau, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, Taiwan (Taipei), Thailand (Bangkok), Thailand (Phuket), United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Vietnam (Hanoi) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh).

Its domestic destinations cover: Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tawi-Tawi, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga.

Source: Emmie Abadilla, MB

Cebu Pacific Dominates Domestic Flights, Philippine Airlines Lords International Flights


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MANILA – Cebu Pacific dominated the domestic air travel market, while Philippine Airlines (PAL) lorded it over on the international front in the first six months of the year.

Data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) show that the country’s air passenger traffic in the January to June period went up by 9.5 percent to 21.73 million from last year’s 9.31 million.

Domestic passenger traffic fueled the rise, grow by 15 percent to 12.42 million this year from 10.77 million last year.

Cebu Pacific remains the country’s leading domestic carrier with a 46 percent share of the market. It flew 5.82 million passengers this year, up by 6.98 percent from last year’s 5.44 million.

PAL’s domestic traffic increased 30.26 percent to 1.98 million from 1.52 million in 2013.

The flag carrier’s affiliate, PAL Express, flew 2.7 million passengers, up by 28.57 percent from 2.1 million last year.

AirAsia Zest carried 1.06 million passengers in the first half of the year, while Tigerair Philippines flew 575,093 passengers. AirAsia Philippines carried 168,106 passengers.

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla ascribed the growth in domestic passenger traffic to additional flights by the country’s budget airlines and cheaper airfare, adding that travel peaks in the second quarter.

The country’s international passenger traffic also grew albeit at a slower 2.64 percent to 9.31 million in the first six months of the year from 9.07 million in the same period last year.

Arcilla blamed the slower growth in the international market on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) limited capacity to handle traffic, which has prevented carriers from mounting more flights.

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He said the congestion should abate once the government builds a third runway for the airport.

A recent study done by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) shows that NAIA would be operating beyond capacity starting 2015, by which time the airport will be handling 37.78 million passengers.

At end-2012, NAIA accommodated 31.88 million passengers, near its maximum handling capacity of 35 million a year.

PAL flew the most number of international passengers at 2.49 million in the first half of the year, up by 24.5 percent from 2 million a year ago. Its affiliate, PAL Express, carried 77,309 passengers.

Cebu Pacific carried 1.62 million passengers, 9.45 percent more than the 1.48 million last year. Zest Airways flew 377,198 passengers, followed by Tigerair Philippines, 104,467; and Air Asia Inc, 2,168.

Foreign carriers carried 4.63 million passengers.

Source: Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com

Air Passenger Volume Up 9.5% in H1


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MANILA, Philippines – Air passenger traffic rose to 21.73 million in the first half of 2014, attributed to the continued increase in the number of foreign and domestic tourists, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) reported.

Volume of airline passengers grew by 9.5% from January to June this year compared to 19.84 million in the same period in 2013.

Domestic airline passengers surged 15.32% to 12.42 million in the first half of 2014 from 10.77 million in the same period last year.

Foreign passengers inched up by 2.6% to 9.31 million from 9.07 million, CAB reported.

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Air traffic in the Philippines has been recovering from flat growth last year amid the reforms being implemented by the Aquino administration, CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said.

Air traffic in the country has been growing by double-digit levels since 2005, except for 2013, Arcilla said.

“We are reaping the benefits of the deregulated policy adopted by the Aquino administration,” Arcilla said.

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Budget airline Cebu Air Inc (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei dominated the domestic market after flying 5.82 million passengers in the first half of the year.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express came second with 2.77 million, national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc with 1.98 million, AirAsia Zest with 1.06 million, and Tiger Airways Philippines with 575,093.

PAL, which used to be jointly owned by tycoon Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC), dominated the international market after flying 2.5 million passengers from January to June this year.

Cebu Pacific came second with 1.62 million, followed by AirAsia Zest with 377,198, Tigerair Philippines with 104,467, and PAL Express with 77,309.

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Agreements, projects to boost air traffic growth

Arcilla said there is further room for growth of the country’s air traffic as the Aquino administration is pushing several projects, including the proposed P2.4 billion ($53.92 million*) parallel runway to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Arcilla added that the proposed runway optimization program could raise the capacity of the country’s main gateway to 50 to 60 events per hour from the current 40 to 42 landings and take-offs per hour.

Likewise, the CAB official said several airports are being expanded and developed in the provinces including the P17.5-billion ($393.17 million) Mactan-Cebu international airport being undertaken by the tandem of Megawide Construction and Bangalore-based GMR Group, and the expansion of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

“There are foreign airlines waiting in the wings,” Arcilla said.

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Arcilla also said that the air agreements signed by the Philippines over the past few years led to more tourist arrivals. CAB hopes to conclude agreements with 3 more countries, including Australia, this year.

So far this year, the Philippines concluded air talks with France, Singapore, New Zealand, Myanmar, Canada, Macau,and South Africa. Air talks with Malaysia were called off twice.

Last year, the Philippines signed air agreements with Japan, Macau, Brazil, Australia, Israel, and Italy.

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The Aquino administration is pursuing air talks as part of its open skies policy. Under Executive Order No. 29, airports other than NAIA would be opened to more foreign traffic, in line with the target to lure 10 million tourists by 2016.

Source: Rappler.com