Philippines' CAB awards new frequencies to Singapore
Philippines’ Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) awarded Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Air Philippines capacity to operate to Singapore, following the signing of a new bilateral air services agreement between the Philippines and Singapore in May-2010 (Business Mirror, 15-Aug-2010).
- Philippine Airlines: four times weekly (700 seats). The carrier can now operate 32 weekly services to the country.
- Cebu Pacific: six times weekly (908 seats). The carrier can now operate 32 weekly services. CEB had requested 2,250 seats for its Manila-Singapore service so it could operate twice daily flights. The carrier stated it has used up all its entitlements, while Air Philippines and Zest Air are still yet to use all their existing rights.
- Air Philippines: can now operate daily service.
- Zest Air: can now operate daily service. The carrier had planned to launch Singapore service this year, but was forced to postpone the plans due to aircraft delivery delays. It now plans to launch Manila-Singapore service in Nov-2010. CAB stated it would confiscate the Singapore entitlements if they are not used in the next six months.
Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, meanwhile stated he plans to meet with Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, to further strengthen civil aviation ties between the countries (Business World, 15-Aug-2010).