DOTr Inaugurates San Vicente Airport

10 May 2018

The San Vicente Airport (SVA) in Palawan will officially open to light aircraft on Thursday as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) grace opening of its Passenger Terminal Building (PTB).

Gracing the event are DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will become the first airline operator to use the PTB of San Vicente Airport as it flies Q400 aircraft followed by Cebu Pacific (CEB) with their ATR72-600 turboprops.

The airport was earlier served with Air Juan charter flights as runway was opened August 1 last year. Southeast Asian Airlines was the first airline operator to use the airport with Let-410 in 2002. The airstrip opened to the public in May 10, 2001.

The community airport now boast 1,612 meters runway length x 45 meters width capable of handling these aircraft type. A planned 300 meters extension will be made after sufficient traffic is registered in the airport for category C operations.

Airport Expansion Project began in 2009 with the 800 meter airstrip expanded together with concreting of its runway followed by apron and PTB construction completed last year.

PAL A321Neo Route Network Announced

9 May 2018

Hong Kong Airlines Flies Manila

Flight Begins June 1

8 May 2018

Hong Kong Airlines will fly to Manila and will operate daily flight services between its home base in Hong Kong and Manila using A320-200 aircraft with all economy 174 seats.

Schedule are as follows:

Flight Sector
Flight Number
Tue, Fri, Sun
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

Hong Kong Airlines is a four star full-service airline established in 2006 that flies to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America.

Cathay Dragon Flies Davao

 Flight Begins October 28

 1 May 2018

Hong Kong's Cathay Dragon will begin flight services to Davao City from October 28, 2018 four times a week. The route is to operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

KA347 HKG1235 – 1550DVO 320 x146
KA348 DVO1650 – 2000HKG 320 x146

Bulacan airport proposal approved by NEDA Board

27 April 2018


San Miguel Corp.’s unsolicited proposal to build an airport in Bulacan, along with several other major infrastructure projects, has been approved by the National Economic and Development (NEDA) Board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte.

San Miguel, which was awarded original proponent status last year for the P735.63-billion project, is now expected to face a Swiss challenge for the right to build an alternative to Metro Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Confirmation is subject to final review of [the]concession agreement,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd told reporters.

The plan calls for the construction, operation and maintenance of an international airport with an area of approximately 2,500 hectares in Bulakan, Bulacan. It involves the construction of a passenger terminal, along with an 8.4-kilometer toll road, able to accommodate 100 million passengers per year.

The NEDA said the airport project had been approved along with seven others but Dominguez said the Board had green-lit a total of 20.

In a statement, the NEDA identified the other projects as:

• the P50.03-billion Subic-Clark Railway project;

• P5.61-billion Clark International Airport Expansion Project and Operations and Maintenance PPP Concession;

• P39.2-billion Ambal-Simuay River and Rio Grande de Mindanao River Flood Control projects;

• P27.37-billion Pasig-Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway Bridges Construction Project;

• P11.37- billion Bridge Construction Acceleration Project for Socioeconomic Development;

• P4.78-billion Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) Project; and

• the P1.086-billion Davao Food Complex Project.

The Subic-Clark Railway Project involves the construction of a 71.13-kilometer line that will connect the Subic Bay and Clark freeports. Of the P50.03-billion cost, P42.53 billion will be financed through official development assistance (ODA) and P7.51 billion through local funds.

The Clark airport project, meanwhile, involves the selection of an operator that will undertake the fit-out and installation of the necessary systems to “complete, commission, operate and maintain” a new airport terminal that will be built by the Megawide-GMR consortium. The winning bidder will be given a 25- to 30-year concession.

The Ambal-Simuay and Rio Grande de Mindanao projects cover the construction of flood management infrastructure along the Mindanao River Basin, which is the second largest in the country.

Construction of the Pasig-Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway bridges — 10 in total — is expected to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. The first two spans — the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridges — received NEDA Board approval last year and will be built via a grant from the Chinese government.

The larger Bridge Construction and Acceleration project, which is expected to be completed by 2022, involves the turnkey construction of five four-lane bridges and 25 two-lane truss bridges, comprising a total length of 2,848 lineal meters, in nine regions nationwide.

The RAPID Growth project, meanwhile, aims to support 78,000 farming households by increasing on-farm and off-farm activities and generating employment opportunities in rural areas. It will be implemented in stages, with the pilot phase to cover up to 25 percent of the total project cost.

Lastly, the Davao Food Complex involves the development, marketing, management, and lease of a 20-hectare area owned by the government in Toril, Davao City. The planned agri-industrial complex is expected to promote development in the area.

The NEDA, without providing details, said the Board also accepted revisions to the following previously-approved projects:

• a change in scope and cost, as well as a loan validity extension, for the Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay project;

• change in scope and cost for Phase 2 of the Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System Project;

• a cost increase for the New Centennial Water Source—Kaliwa Dam project; and

• the restructuring of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management project.
Dominguez, meanwhile, said the following projects were confirmed “ad referendum” or subject to agreement by others:

• a change in financing, from local funding to ODA, for the Arterial Bypass Project (ARBP) Phase III’s Contract Packages I, II, and IV;

• P25.26-billion Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (Tawi-Tawi bridges);

• proposed change in design and increase in cost of the P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project;

• P1.27-billion Conflict-Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Program – Financial Cooperation;

• P20.3-billion Safe Philippines Project Phase 1;

• request for a supplemental loan for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project;

• a 24-month loan validity extension, revision of construction period and schedule, and change in scope of the P1.03-billion Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project; and

• a 46-month extension of the loan validity and project completion schedule for Stage II of the P11.21-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project.

PH Signs ASA With Maldives

19 April 2018

The Philippines and Maldives have signed Air Services Agreement (ASA) that will allow direct daily flights between Manila and Male Tuesday.

The ASA provides an initial entitlement of 1,200 seats weekly that can be flown by each country’s designated airlines between the Philippines and the Maldives Capital after series of air negotiations on April 16 and 17 that were conducted in Manila.

The designated carriers were Philippine Airlines and Maldivian. Philippine Airlines manifested intent to fly Maldives with A321Neos as early as next year.

Maldives earlier wanted unlimited flight with the Philippines in its preliminary proposals that were discussed in letter exchanges in the past three months.

The Philippine panel However agreed that flights originating from or destined for points outside Manila will be unlimited, in line with the Philippines’ pocket open skies policy which promotes other international gateways away from the capital. This will allow Maldivian to fly unlimited flights to Clark or Cebu or Davao.

The Maldives panel delegation was composed of the chairman, the chief executive and senior officials of the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority, while the Philippine air panel was led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, with representatives from the Department of Transportation, Civil Aeronautics Board, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment as members.

The Ministry of Tourism of Maldives said that as late as March 2018, it recorded a 17-percent increase of tourist arrivals from the Philippines.

PAL Makes ICN Flight Out Of PPS

PPS Incheon Flight Begins June 24

18 April 2018

Philippine Airlines will launch regular flight services from Puerto Princesa to Seoul and Busan in South Korea beginning June 24, 2018 while the flight to Busan will start July 26.

The route will be flown by A321-200 planes with the following schedule as follow.

Puerto Princesa – Busan (4x weekly)
PR476 PPS1320 – 1835PUS 321 x125
PR477 PUS1935 – 2315PPS 321 x125

Puerto Princesa – Seoul Incheon (daily)
PR474 PPS0050 – 0630ICN 321 D
PR475 ICN0825 – 1205PPS 321 D

The airline has send charter flights to China and Korea on number of occasions from Puerto Princesa International Airport.

PAL Upgrades New Zealand Service

17 April 2018

By otsen bryl
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is upgrading flight services to Auckland with tri-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft starting on June 17, increasing the overall route capacity by 22 per cent.

The bigger A330 aircraft replaces the smaller A340 used on the non-stop route that operates three times a week. The current A340 service has 254 seats while the A330 aircraft has 309 seats.

PAL began flying nonstop from Manila to the New Zealand city of Auckland on December 6, 2017.