May 30, 2013
|Cebu Pacific is planning to fly its A330-300 thrice a week from Manila to Doha Qatar in February next year but is hampered by bilateral restrictions of only two frequencies for the Philippines side.|
The Philippines has secured eight flights per week for the Manila-Doha route from its Air Services Agreement with Qatar. Six of the frequencies were awarded to Philippine Airlines(PAL) and is applying for one more entitlement in a bid to start daily flight by November, leaving Cebu Pacific with one entitlement if their petition is approve.
Cebu Pacific is seeking reallocation of this entitlements so that it can mount flights every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Sources within the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said that its difficult for CEB to secure the rights to Doha unless the ASA is amended, given that PAL has the grandfather rights which is also applying for one more slot in the gulf state. CEB has unhampered access from Clark to Doha but it wants to get slots from Manila.