Etihad Escapes Mandatory Cebu Flights

Emirates Does Triangle

29 December 2015

Etihad Airways has successfully circumvented the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) "must fly Cebu rule" as it utilizes new flight entitlements granted from the latest round of Air Service negotiations between the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.

The gulf-based carrier got a nod from CAB to add three new weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Manila from May 1, 2016, offering a total of 17 return flights per week, while its Code share partner Philippine Airlines (PAL) flies the remaining four weekly services between Manila and Abu Dhabi providing the alliance with 21 flight entitlements per week.

According to the agreement, PAL will fly Cebu - Abu Dhabi sector via its hub in Manila and vice versa.

Meanwhile, the other Emirate airline will fly daily triangular services from Dubai to Cebu and Clark onward to Dubai beginning summer of next year as a condition for it to use new Manila entitlements equivalent to four weekly flights as it expands Dubai - Manila services to 17 weekly flights. Currently, the airline operates 14 flights a week.

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