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Lion Air jet should have been grounded before fatal crash – Indonesia

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The plane was no longer airworthy and it should not have kept flying,' says the aviation head of Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee

ndonesia's National Transportation Safety Commission's (KNKT) deputy head Haryo Satmiko (2nd R) delivers a preliminary report on Lion Air flight JT 610 during a press conference in Jakarta on November 28, 2018. Lion Air must improve its safety culture and better document repair work on its planes, Indonesian authorities said on November 28, in preliminary findings into last month's crash that killed all 189 people on board. Bay ISMOYO / AFP

VIRAL: AirAsia tagged as 'worst' airline over baggage, PWD assistance fees

Dec 31, 2017 - 5:33 PM

Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla slams AirAsia for being the 'lousiest airline in the world'

Japan airline forces wheelchair-bound man to crawl onto plane

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:53 PM

A passenger paralyzed from waist down was forced to crawl up the stairs of a Vanilla Air plane using only his arms

VietJet to buy 100 Boeing aircraft for $11.3B

May 23, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Vietnamese budget airline and the US aircraft maker sign a deal in front of US President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang

epa05324509 President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Ray Conner (2-L) and Vietjet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (3-R) sign a Boeing aircraft buying contract for 100 airplanes as U.S. President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) look on at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. EPA/KHAM NGUYEN / POOL

Cebu Pacific, 7 other budget airlines form alliance

May 16, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Customers will be able to view select and book the best available airfares on flights from any of the airlines in a single transaction

Jebakan penerbangan murah

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Apakah penerbangan murah benar benar murah?

TIDUR. Dua penumpang asyik tidur saat transit di Abu Dhabi. Foto: Famega Syavira

The wRap Indonesia: Jan. 7, 2015

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

A planned ban on super cheap airfare Indonesia s plan to increase its tourism promotion budget almost 5 times a popular singer busted for drugs again and more

Malaysia Airlines losses widen after air disasters

Aug 28, 2014 - 10:01 PM

The flag carrier said it posted a 305 7 million ringgit 97 2 million loss in the April June quarter

PAIN OF LOSS. (File Photo) Malaysia Airlines crew members cry during multi-faith prayers for passengers and crew of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the Malaysia Airlines Academy in Kelana Jaya, Malaysia, 25 July 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA

Indonesian budget carrier Mandala to cease operations

Jun 18, 2014 - 7:48 PM

The airline will cease operations from July 1 and affected customers will be offered different flights or ticket refunds

SHUT DOWN. Indonesian journalists stand near a new Mandala Airline aircraft at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, Indonesia, in this March 2013 file photo. The airline will cease operations from July 1, 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

More long-haul routes: Cebu Pacific to fly to Sydney, Kuwait

Jun 16, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The airline is offering an introductory seat sale for its Manila Kuwait flights Fares go as low as P1

NEW ROUTES. Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei and General Manager for Long-Haul Division Alex Reyes announce Sydney and Kuwait as new destinations. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific passenger volume up 6% in Q1

Apr 24, 2014 - 6:30 PM

The budget carrier is optimistic about its overall performance as it eyes flights to the US and Europe

SAFE. Cebu Pacific will be allowed to fly to Europe, US after the Philippines was declared compliant with global aviation safety standards. File photo from Airbus

AirAsia seeks Congress' approval to take control of Zest Air

Oct 12, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Philippines AirAsia wants to hike its stake in Zest Air to 51

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

First look: Long-haul, budget flights of Cebu Pacific

Sep 12, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific unveils its Airbus A330 aircraft meant to become the first low cost long haul flight by a Philippine carrier

NEW PLANE. Airbus delivers Cebu Pacific's first widebody A330-300 aircraft. Photo courtesy of Airbus

Zest Air to be rebranded

Aug 30, 2013 - 9:46 PM

The budget carrier will be rebranded to reflect the partnership with AirAsia

Refund or flight transfer for Zest Air passengers

Aug 17, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Passengers affected by regulators move to ground the operations of budget carrier Zest Air are getting a refund or being rebooked on other airlines

GROUNDED. CAAP suspends Zest Air's permit to fly due to safety breaches. Photo by AFP

Rappler Animate: How can budget airlines offer low fares?

Jul 26, 2013 - 12:22 PM

This Rappler Animate explains the different factors that make affordable fares possible and gives tips on how to avail of promo fares

Cebu Pacific signs lease deals for 2 Airbus aircraft

Jul 24, 2013 - 3:43 PM

The Gokongwei owned carrier beefs up its fleet ahead of the start of its long haul operations

NEW PLANES. Cebu Pacific is taking delivery of two more Airbus A330s between 2014 and 2015. Photo courtesy of Airbus

Longer ground time for Cebu Pacific starts in 2 weeks

Jul 16, 2013 - 5:14 PM

CAAP decides to give Cebu Pacific a two week breather before it requires the budget airline to implement a 45 minute turnaround or the time between take offs and landings in local airports

EXTEND GROUND TIME. The industry regulator wants Cebu Pacific to extend to 45 minutes from 25 the time spent offloading and loading passengers, and inspecting the aircraft at the airport . Photo by AFP

Cebu Pacific passenger volume up 8% in first half

Jul 15, 2013 - 8:01 PM

The Gokongwei owned airline registered growth despite two runway mishaps that raised concerns about its safety standards

MORE PASSENGERS. Cebu Pacific's Jan-June passenger volume grows even after encountering runway mishaps

INFOGRAPHIC: How PH budget airlines change the game

Jul 03, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Airlines offering low fares and more destinations create ripples

Yao group gets $16-M from AirAsia-Zest Air deal

May 24, 2013 - 3:36 PM

Drinks turned airline businessman Alfredo Yao receives 16 million and a 13 stake in AirAsia Philippines

PARTNERS. The Philippine unit of Malaysia's AirAsia signs a share swap deal with the Yao family for a stake in Zest Air

AirAsia PH unit reports 76% load factor in Q1

May 02, 2013 - 11:29 AM

AirAsia Berhad s Philippine unit reports a load factor of 76

AirAsia reports 76% load factor. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Passenger growth of Cebu Pacific slows in Q1

Apr 19, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Budget airline Cebu Pacific flew 3 53 million passengers in January to March period reflecting a 4 7 hike slower than the double digit growths in the previous years

PASSENGER VOLUME. Cebu Pacific's volume of passengers increased due to additional flights and aggressive seat sale promotions.

Cheap air fares limit Jan-Feb ferry passengers

Apr 05, 2013 - 8:16 AM

The volume of sea based travelers grew by just 3 6 to 7 89 million for the first two months of the year

MODEST GROWTH. Travelers continue to shift towards cheap air travel. AFP Photo

CebuPac eyes Australia, Russia routes

Feb 26, 2013 - 5:31 PM

The airline wants to fly to Sydney and Melbourne as well as Moscow

Cheap air travel stalls ferry passenger growth

Feb 12, 2013 - 7:52 PM

The number of passengers traveling by sea reaches 49 85 million in 2012 just 0 74 higher than the 49 48 million recorded in 2011 government data show

SHIFT TO BUDGET AIRLINES. Ferry passenger growth turns flat in 2012 as more and more travelers prefer to fly. In this photo, passengers look out from a shipping vessel at north harbour in Manila. Image courtesy of AFP

Use aerobridges, gov't orders PH airlines

Jan 24, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Citing safety and security of airline passengers a government agency has ordered the mandatory use of aerobridges in all airports in the country that have them

‘Airlines may overbook at their expense’

Jul 04, 2012 - 6:29 PM

A draft administrative order allows carriers to overbook but will require them to offer amenities and services to compensate bumped off passengers

Fernandes hands over AirAsia role to new chief

Jun 18, 2012 - 7:25 PM

The new AirAsia Malaysia CEO is Aireen Omar

AirAsia Philippines halts Macau flights amid China sea spat

Jun 01, 2012 - 6:55 PM

Budget airline AirAsia s Philippine a unit of the Malaysian low cost carrier said Friday June 1 it had shelved planned daily flights to Macau amid a simmering maritime dispute between China and the Philippines

Airlines hit back at CAB, threaten higher fares

May 31, 2012 - 5:11 PM

Local airlines say the orders of the government to suspend overbooking and their issuance of non refundable tickets will kill their low cost carrierr business model forcing them to increase airfares

PAL: Book tickets online or pay higher fees

Mar 26, 2012 - 3:47 PM

In a move to encourage passengers to purchase tickets online or from accredited traveling agencies PAL will impose new and higher fees for tickets purchased from its offices starting April

Soon-to-launch Jetstar Hong Kong eyes Chinese flyers

Mar 26, 2012 - 9:41 AM

The new low cost Asian carrier Jetstar Hong Kong will launch in 2013 and fly short haul routes including in China Japan South Korea and Southeast Asia

Singapore builds new, larger budget terminal

Mar 18, 2012 - 11:39 AM

Changi Airport will demolish the current Budget Terminal to make way for a larger Terminal 4 as part of Singapore s preparations for open skies regime in 2015

Having budget airline blues? Go to DTI, says DOTC

Feb 27, 2012 - 6:32 PM

The transportation department is tossing complaints related to budget airlines to the trade department since it says these are consumer related issues

Cebu Pacific rules in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo flights

Feb 10, 2012 - 4:11 PM

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air claimed that it was the 1 choice among airline passengers in 3 top cities outside Manila

Clark airport eyes 1-M passengers in 2012

Jan 24, 2012 - 6:28 PM

The Clark airport is forecast to take in 30 7 more passengers in 2012

Gokongweis confirm interest in 4 airports

Jan 24, 2012 - 2:49 PM

JG Summit said it is interested in vying for 4 airport projects that the government plans to bid out as part of its flagship infrastructure program

Cebu Pacific aims for 14-M passengers in 2012

Jan 12, 2012 - 5:03 PM

The budget carrier is aiming to increase its passenger base by 17 to 14 million in 2012 after serving 11 94 million in 2011