Philippine aviation - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine aviation


PLDT goes into chartered flights service

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:25 PM

PLDT unit Pacific Global One says it can now provide private flights to Balesin, Amanpulo, Baguio, and Boracay, among other routes

AVIATION FORAY. PLDT and Pacific Global One executives launch chartered airline services in the Philippines. Image from PLDT Corporate Communications

Cagayan airport to launch international flights in August

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:39 PM

The airport in Lal lo town will initially cater to two flights to and from Macau and China on a daily basis

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. The Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA) is set to launch its maiden international flight on August 23. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Drilon to DOTr: Stop use of 'stone age' sirens to shoo animals off runways

Sep 14, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon asks transportation officials why sirens are still being used in some provincial airports to drive away cows and other animals that stray into runways

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

SONA 2016: Duterte eyes Sangley Point to help decongest NAIA

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also plans to transfer some commercial domestic operations of airlines to Clark International Airport

epa05440107 Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, East of Manila, Philippines on 25 July 2016. Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, is the 16th president of the country, after winning the 09 May elections based on a tough-talking campaign in which he promised to wipe out crime and corruption. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Why can't Baguio's Loakan airport attract commercial flights?

Apr 05, 2016 - 3:28 PM

There is hardly any celebration in Loakan on the 75th anniversary of Philippine Airlines maiden flight to the summer capital s airport

WANTED: COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS. Baguio City's airport has yet to attract companies to reopen commercial flights due to safety concerns. Photo by Mau Victa

South Korea to review safety of budget airlines after incident in Cebu

Jan 04, 2016 - 3:06 PM

The review comes after an aircraft was forced to make an emergency return after takeoff from the Philippines

The incident in Cebu involved an aircraft of South Korea-based carrier Jin Air. Image courtesy Jin Air.

Cebu Pacific wants Guam, Honolulu, Melbourne in 2016 - think tank

Jan 02, 2016 - 8:13 PM

While Cebu Pacific’s long haul operations have been unprofitable in 2015 Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation says the airline s network is tracking well and could become profitable in 2016

OPTIMISTIC. CAPA says Cebu Pacific plans to launch flights to Guam, Honolulu, and Melbourne this year, despite an expected slow growth rate

2015 is safest year in aviation – Statistics

Dec 30, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Data from the Aviation Safety Network reveal that there are less aviation mishaps in the world in 2015 compared to past years

ACCIDENT. A view of the private plane that skidded off the runway of the Tacloban airport on January 17, 2015, as viewed on a live feed from the site. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

APEC 2015: AirAsia banks on Philippines after first airliner disaster

Nov 17, 2015 - 8:30 PM

We will keep discovering new places and new things It is a challenge here but there is big prize at the end of the day in the Philippines AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes says on the sidelines of APEC2015

HIGHEST LOAD FACTOR. 'We are optimistic. [In terms] of passenger traffic, the Philippines is actually the best,' Tony Fernandes of AirAsia says. Photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

After Germanwings crash, CAAP amends cockpit rules

Apr 05, 2015 - 2:49 PM

CAAP now requires a third crew member to be inside the cockpit should one of the pilots leave the flight deck for personal reasons

In this undated handout picture issued by Airbus shows the interior view of a Airbus A320 cockpit simulator. Jason Calston/Airbus/EPA

AirAsia Zest flies to Singapore from Cebu, Kalibo

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:57 PM

The additional international routes is part of the low cost carrier’s expansion and service to the ‘underserved markets’

Cebu Pacific to add int'l, domestic flights

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:14 PM

The budget carrier is adding flights in time for the holiday season

Lucio Tan group buys back PAL

Sep 15, 2014 - 11:50 PM

The tycoon s group pays 900 million for the stake a source tells Rappler San Miguel Corporation s Ramon Ang will retain his post as the airline s president until the relevant closing date of the agreement

Cebu Pacific eyes unused seats for Clark-Hong Kong, Manila-Taipei routes

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:17 AM

The budget carrier is seeking the reallocation of additional entitlements including the unutilized 1 237 seats for Manila Taipei allocated for Philippine Airlines

MORE ROUTES. Cebu Pacific is seeking the reallocation of additional entitlements, including the unutilized 1237 seats for Manila-Taipei by Philippine Airlines. File photo from Airbus

Philippines, South Africa sign air pact

Aug 14, 2014 - 11:26 AM

The agreement will improve the Philippines aviation network and connect the country to the emerging markets of Africa CAB says

File photo from Agence France-Presse

Cebu Pacific eyes Gulf expansion

Jun 21, 2014 - 10:35 PM

The budget carrier is looking at expanding its direct services to other long haul destinations such as Saudi Arabia Kuwait and Australia in the second half of 2014

File photo of Cebu Pacific Air from EPA.

Foreign firms eye NAIA runway consultancy deal

Jun 08, 2014 - 3:57 PM

DOTC says it plans to increase the capacity of the existing runway to between 50 and 60 movements per hour

SPECIAL LOUNGE. The government will spend P10.32 million to build a lounge for dignitaries in NAIA 3 in time for the APEC summit in 2015. File Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

AirAsia Philippines gears up for 2016 re-fleeting program

May 25, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes is bullish on the Philippines growth potential

AirAsia's logo.

TIMELINE: PH aviation status upgrade

Apr 13, 2014 - 11:15 PM

How did the country manage to get an upgrade after 6 years? Let s look back at the events that led to this development

Philippine Airlines (PAL) planes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Philippines. File/AFP

Malacañang vows to keep Category 1 aviation status

Apr 12, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Malacañang vows to make sure the country complies with international aviation safety standards

Philippine Airlines (PAL) planes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Philippines. File/AFP

No more barriers: Cebu Pacific to fly to Europe, US

Apr 10, 2014 - 11:23 PM

The EU lifts its ban on the budget carrier and the US now allows local airlines to launch and expand services to the country

SAFE. Cebu Pacific will be allowed to fly to Europe after complying with global aviation safety standards. File photo from Airbus

CAAP acquires 41 aircraft rescue, firefighting vehicles

Feb 23, 2014 - 6:57 PM

Upgrading equipment and facilities in CAAP run airports is part of the government’s plan to meet global aviation standards

File photo of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country's main gateway to the world. File photo from Agence France-Presse.

Rappler Newscast | February 11, 2014

Feb 11, 2014 - 8:09 PM

The Philippines fails to get an aviation upgrade A solon faces charges for falsifying fund release order Taiwan and China hold talks

Cebu Pacific misses 2013 passenger target

Jan 20, 2014 - 6:24 PM

The airline fails to meet its goal following two mishaps involving its planes and several flight cancellations due to Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Airbus

Cebu Pacific sees no regulatory issue in Tigerair deal

Jan 09, 2014 - 9:13 PM

This despite concerns the deal will harm competition in the local aviation industry

Images from EPA

Cebu Pacific-Tigerair deal: Good or bad for PH aviation?

Jan 08, 2014 - 9:32 AM

Centre for Aviation says new players are needed to improve long term growth prospects of the local aviation industry

Photo courtesy of Airbus

Rappler Newscast | December 31, 2013

Dec 31, 2013 - 9:15 PM

More fireworks related injuries expected as the new year arrives PH allows texting and internet use on flights Myanmar declares no more political prisoners

Chopper carrying AFP chief makes emergency landing

Dec 19, 2013 - 9:18 AM

The incident happened December 10 when Armed Forces chief Gen Emmanuel Bautista was making the rounds in Mindanao to check on the troops

EMERGENCY LANDING: Military chief General Emmanuel Bautista was forced to make an emergency landing last week. PAF photo

CAAP: Cebu Pacific petition to fly to EU has to wait

Nov 21, 2013 - 8:31 AM

CAAP says government can t assist Cebu Pacific in its petition right now due to relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

WAITING GAME. Cebu Pacific will have to wait until next year before it can mount flights to Europe.Photo courtesy of Airbus

PAL flies to London

Nov 04, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines launches a direct flight to London on Nov 4 marking its return to the UK capital after 15 years

Cutting the inaugural ribbon, from left, are: ourism undersecretary Daniel Corpuz, PAL President and COO Ramon Ang, British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, Immigration Commissioner Siegfried Mison and NAIA Terminal 2 manager Andrew Balde

Manila-Russia direct flights start Oct 27

Oct 26, 2013 - 11:57 AM

PAL and its Russian airline partner start direct Manila Vladivostok chartered flights in October

TRIP TO RUSSIA. Philippine Airlines will fly direct the Manila-Vladivostok route starting October initially via chartered flights. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

AirAsia Zest chooses Cebu, not Clark, as 2nd hub

Oct 14, 2013 - 1:50 PM

The newly rebranded AirAsia Zest chooses Cebu as its major hub not Clark where the local unit of the regional giant used to operate

TWO BECOMES ONE. This is the new brand logo of partner airlines Zest Air and AirAsia. Photo courtesy of AirAsia

PAL's Manila-London roundtrip fares start at $1,000+

Oct 10, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Philippines Airlines offers promotional fares for its roundtrip Manila London Manila economy tickets starting at 1 052 all in

LONDON FARES. Philippine Airlines (PAL) announces fares for its flights to London. Photo from PAL

AirAsia X eyes Clark as long-haul hub

Oct 10, 2013 - 8:50 AM

Going back to Clark for AirAsia s long haul operations came about after Emirates and Qatar Airways mounted direct flights from the former US military base

BACK TO CLARK? The decision to operate the Malaysian giant's long-haul flights in Clark in Pampanga was triggered by Emirates and Qatar Airway's decision to mount flights from the former US military base. File photo by AFP

PH has highest budget airline penetration in SE Asia

Oct 07, 2013 - 11:10 AM

With local budget carriers accounting for 67 of the local airline market the Philippines has the highest penetration rate in Southeast Asia

PAL's financing options for $9.5-B refleeting

Sep 30, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Philippine Airlines is in talks with banks and export credit agencies to finance its fleet modernization program including acquisition of Airbus planes

FINANCING. Philippine Airlines (PAL) is eyeing financing options for acquisition of more fuel-efficient planes. Photo from PAL

Airbus wants more orders from PH airlines

Sep 30, 2013 - 10:40 AM

After 90 firm orders since 2011 from Philippine carriers Airbus looks forward for more from one of the most competitive airline industries in Asia

LONG HAUL PLANES. Airbus delivers Cebu Pacific's first widebody A330-300 aircraft. Photo courtesy of Airbus

Goodbye, ZestAir?

Sep 23, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Zest will be incorporated into the iconic red hot circle together with the signature logo of AirAsia

TWO BECOMES ONE. This is the new brand logo of partner airlines Zest Air and AirAsia. Photo courtesy of AirAsia

PH airlines vie for add'l Japan flights

Sep 22, 2013 - 6:12 AM

After Japan and the Philippines successfully negotiated the increase in flights between their destinations Philippine carriers are scrambling for a share of the additional flights

MORE DIRECT FLIGHTS. Philippine carriers are finally allowed to mount more flights to points in Japan. File photo by AFP

PAL sells food, limits baggage allowance in domestic flights

Sep 21, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines PAL is introducing some of the practices of budget airlines in its domestic flights mostly operated by unit PAL Express

HYBRID PRACTICES. PAL, a legacy carrier, introduces budget airline practices in its domestic flights. File photo by Katherine Visconti/Rappler

Finally, Japan allows PH to increase direct flights

Sep 13, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Japan has finally allowed the Philippines to increase direct flights between destinations in both countries

MORE DIRECT FLIGHTS. Philippine carriers are finally allowed to mount more flights to points in Japan. File photo by AFP

Flights between PH, Italy coming soon

Sep 05, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Philippine Airlines PAL may now fly to Italy The agreement between the two countries marks the first successfully negotiated air talks since the European Union lifted the ban on Philippine carriers

HELLO, ITALY. Philippine Airlines (PAL) may now fly to Italy, the first successfully negotiated air talks since the European Union lifted the ban. File photo by AFP

Tiger Air PH keen on flying to Japan, Korea

Sep 03, 2013 - 9:36 PM

Tiger Air PH keen on flying to Japan Korea

NEW ROUTES. Tiger Airways eyes North Asian routes. File photo by AFP

PH to airlines: Provide food for flight crew

Jul 25, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Citing safety reasons the CAAP ordered local airlines to provide and shoulder the cost of food that pilots flight attendants and other flight crew members need while on duty

FOOD AND SAFETY. The aviation regulator wants airlines to provide their flight crew members free food for 'safety' reasons. File photo by AFP

PH penalizes Korean pilots

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:12 PM

The government announce that it has penalized two pilots of Asiana Airlines subsidiary Air Busan for deviating from their flight path during a flight from Cebu to South Korea

PH evaluates: Is Asiana Airlines safe?

Jul 11, 2013 - 4:30 PM

Citing the San Francisco crash involving Asiana Airlines the Philippine government decides to put on hold air talks with South Korea

CRASH. The incident involving Asiana Airline in San Francisco killed 2 and injured over 180. Photo by AFP

EU allows PAL flights to Europe

Jul 10, 2013 - 6:17 PM

The European Union now allows Philippine Airlines to fly to the 28 nation bloc partially lifting a ban imposed against the Philippines in 2010

BAN LIFTED. Philippine Airlines may now fly into European airspace after the 28-nation bloc partially lifted a ban imposed against the Philippines. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Cebu airport Jan-Apr passenger traffic up 3.6%

Jul 09, 2013 - 7:28 PM

The country s second busiest gateway handles 3 more passengers in January to April as airlines increased capacity of their Cebu flights

CEBU AIRPORT. More are flying into or out of the 2nd busiest airport facility in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center

Emirates: We're not in talks with PAL

Jul 09, 2013 - 8:54 AM

Dubai headquartered legacy carrier Emirates which has a code sharing agreement with Philippine Airlines denies it is in talks with PAL for any form of strategic investment

NOT INTERESTED. Dubai-based Emirates says it is not keen on investing in Philippine Ailrines (PAL). Photo courtesy of Emirates