BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific has petitioned the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for more flights to Japan.
In a CAB filing, the airline asked the regulatory body for three unused weekly frequencies between Manila and Haneda “in accordance with the Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) between the governments of the Philippines and Japan.”
In September last year, the governments of the Philippines and Japan agreed to increase flights between the two countries to 400 per week starting next year.
The same pact opened 14 flights per week between Manila and Haneda, as well as unlimited flights between airports outside Manila and Haneda.
CAB said earlier that Philippine Airlines (PAL) has bagged 14 flights a week to and from Manila and Haneda Airport.
“Haneda is only 14 frequencies, and all were given to PAL,” said Maria Elben Moro, CAB legal division chief.
Haneda, also known as Tokyo International Airport, is one of the two premier airports servicing the Greater Tokyo area. It is considered as the world’s most slot-restrictive airport.
Japan provides a significant passenger market to the Philippines, being the third biggest source of foreign visitors to the country. It is also a prime tourist destination for Filipinos.
In August, the CAB allowed Cebu Pacific to expand its services to five international routes from Manila to Singapore, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Macau; and from Cebu to Hong Kong
The CAB also designated Cebu Pacific as official Philippine carrier to New Zealand, Myanmar and Canada.
Rosalie C. Periabras