Emirates To Cancel One flight To MNL
28 August 2014
28 August 2014
|Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will upgrade its service and fly double daily to Dubai beginning November of this year after the Philippine regulator rejected its code sharing deals with Emirates Airlines (UAE) of the United Arab Emirates as "anti-competition behaviour". |
The airline will utilize its new bi-class A330-300 and upgrade the product of PAL Express to Dubai while Emirates Airlines will lose one entitlement to Manila beginning winter schedule.
Civil Aeronautics Bureau (CAB) has denied with finality the sought extension of the code sharing agreement between PAL and Emirates upon complaints filed by Cebu Pacific (CEB) which wanted its entitlements awarded to them.
CAB earlier awarded fourteen new entitlements to Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines (GAP) operating as PAL Express in 2012 paving the way for the airline to expand to the gulf. Philippine Airlines owns the remaining fourteen slot, seven of which are being used for flights to Abu Dhabi.
Cebu Pacific has been at odds with PAL and UAE since 2012 arguing deliberate non-flight of the former despite capacity to mount such flights and seen by CAB as anti-competitive behaviour after the carrier failed to use its entitlements to Dubai in contravention of the rights granted to it by the government of the Philippines.
CAB is expected to reallocate entitlements to Cebu Pacific if PAL fails to service this route within 6 months from notice.
PAL currently maintains 21 weekly code-share flights with UAE for Dubai and another six a week code-share flights with Air Philippines (GAP).
|The construction of Ninoy Aquino International Airport parallel runway may have to wait a little bit longer than expected after the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) failed to contract out consultancy services for the planning and design of parallel runway 6-24 Left expected to decongest the country's main gateway. |
The P67 million contract for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Runway Optimization Project (ROP) expected to be done early next year failed to generate much interest among airport design consultants after two public bidding due to pricing concerns for such technical services.
"The plan now is to enter into a negotiated contract to hire the consultant" says Secretary Joseph Abaya of the Transportation Department.
Consultancy services includes definition of airport capacity, including airspace, runway and taxiway movements, simultaneous runway movements, flight separations, improvement of slot schedules, RNAV technology applications, and associated training manuals for Air Traffic Controllers (ATC).
The ROP will run for 12 months after the award of the service contract. Runway construction is expected to commence within 18 months from date of award.
DOTC said the parallel runway is supposed to be constructed next year to address the congestion problems of NAIA by 2017 while the mega airport is constructed at Sangley.
According to industry estimate, a single runway has a maximum of 44 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) per hour, based on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommended practices. NAIA was forced to capped this threshold at 42 per hour in accordance with ICAO guidelines.
The intersecting runway at NAIA however has a throughput capacity of 56 ATMs per hour translating to a Maximum Throughput Capacity (MCTs) of about 36 million passengers. But due to the intersecting nature of the runway deployment at that capacity is dangerous which justifies the construction of a parallel runway.
The Transport Department aims to improve runway usage from 42 to 60 ATMs per hour with the parallel runway configuration. The new runway should be able to accommodate as much as 30 ATM's of added capacity from the existing runway 6-24R.
This will translate to 4 new slots per hour that will be made available to foreign carriers wanting to expand in Manila but unable to mount due to capacity constraints. Construction of parallel runway 6-24 L would also pave the way for the closure of runway 13-31.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport handled almost 33 million in 2013. It is expected to breach 35 million by 2015.
|Philippine Airlines (PAL) has found a goldmine in the Middle East after registering unprecedented growth in its income for the first six months mostly coming from the gulf region. |
PAL's revenue rose $1.13b, up by 164.3 percent from $43 million on the first half last year. Most of the new revenues were generated in the Middle East followed by Japan expansion and Canada flights while London registered a modest revenue buoyed by generous cargo traffic.
The airline is expected to follow up expansion plans to the gulf by announcing new flights to Jeddah, Doha, Muscat, and Kuwait soon. Also in the pipeline are North American routes to Chicago and New York.
|Around 768 Filipinos evacuated from Libya left Malta on board Philippine Airlines B747 (RP-C7471, 419 pax) and A330(RP-C8786, 349 pax) during the early hours of Saturday morning arriving Saturday evening (10pm) and Sunday early morning (3:45am) in Manila. Image courtesy Roberto Cassar for Malta Today|