PH airlines seek additional seats to Singapore

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Three local carriers have filed applications with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for additional seat entitlements to Singapore following the signing of an air service agreement between the Philippines and Singapore last month.

In separate filings with the CAB, Tiger Airways Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia Zest have requested for 1,260 additional weekly seats each.

In a notice, the CAB said that “Pursuant to the provisions of R.A. 776, as amended, notice is hereby given that Zest Airways Inc. (dba AirAsia Zest), Southeast Asian Airlines Inc., (dba Tiger Airways Philippines) and Cebu Pacific have filed with the CAB their respective applications for additional allocation of entitlements to Singapore in accordance to the recently concluded Air Service Agreement (ASA) entered into between the Government of the Philippines and Singapore on February 12 and 13, 2015.”

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said in a text message that “the Philippines and Singapore signed on Friday, February 13, 2015 a new MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] on air services that increased the current capacity entitlements between Manila and Singapore from 17,627 seats per week for each country, to 18,888. Iloilo and Bacolod were also added as co-terminal points for Singaporean carriers, in addition to Cebu, Davao and Puerto Princesa.”


He added that “It means that Singaporean carriers can fly to Cebu, for example, and then proceed to Davao. Both countries also agreed to increase the limit on the frequencies for 5th freedom [flights], from 8 per week to 10 per week. This means that a Singaporean carrier for example can operate a route that starts from Singapore to Manila and proceeds to Osaka, 10 times a week.”

The two countries also agreed on 3rd country code sharing, which allows airlines from the two countries to collaborate with airlines from third countries in marketing services between the Philippines and Singapore. Overall, the agreement opens up more commercial opportunities for the airlines of the two countries, the CAB said.

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