The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said that Mandarin Airlines has been allowed to increase its service frequency from four regular flights to daily flights from Taipei to Kalibo in Aklan province, and vice versa.
“Mandarin Airlines is currently operating seven weekly flights, Taipe-Kalibo vice versa,” said Carmelo Arcilla, executive director of CAB, in a text message to The Manila Times.
He added that, “The seven weekly flights consist of four regular flights for a period for six months, plus three extra section flights effective for a period of one month.”
Mandarin Airlines is among the carriers that is bullish on the growth of air travel in the future.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), “Everyday more than eight million passengers all over the world take advantage of the safety, speed and convenience of air travel; and airfares are one-third lower, in real terms, than they were 20 years ago.”
In a statement, Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive office of IATA, said that, “Aviation makes possible $2.2-trillion worth of economic activity and supports some 57 million jobs around the globe.”
In March, data from CAB showed that international passenger traffic increased by 6.8 percent to 16.74 million in 2012 from 15.67 million in 2011. From those figures, Mandarin Airlines flew 44,471 passengers.
Mandarin Airlines operates in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Mandarin Airlines is China Airlines’ regional and domestic subsidiary.