EMIRATES Airlines has elevated the issue regarding its third daily flight between Manila and Dubai to the Office of the President (OP) after the Civil Aeronautics (CAB) rejected late last month the airline’s request for another extension of the extra daily flight.
“Pending in OP. I’m not sure if CAB received anything. All I know is that they elevated it to the OP. Air talks with them, it has to be discussed further,” DOTC Undersecretary Perpetou Lotilla told reporters.
Lotilla further said: “Other economic objections have to be raised. Technically it should not be like that, they should have gone to the CA [Court of Appeals] but they went to the OP instead. Maybe they are following the administrative procedure.”
In December, CAB gave Emirates until January 26, 2015 to operate a third daily flight between Manila and Dubai to serve mostly overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) traveling to and from the Philippines during the holiday season.
Earlier, Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) said they welcomed healthy competition that benefits the travelling public but that this should not mean allowing foreign carriers like Dubai-based Emirates to disregard Philippine laws.
The local carriers are opposing Emirates’ third unauthorized daily flight between Manila and Dubai, saying that Emirates is selling tickets for this flight without any government approval.
Emirates is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates along with Etihad Airways.
Aside from seeking an extension, Emirates has also asked the Philippine Government to conduct air talks next month with the UAE, ostensibly for the two countries to agree on more flights per day, which again is another camouflage to legitimize its third daily flight, the two local carriers said.