Sweeter The third Time?

PAL Returns To Kuala Lumpur Again

19 January 2017

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is returning back to Kuala Lumpur for the third time after suspending flight in February 2014 in favor of code share flights with Malaysia Airlines.

PAL will relaunch flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur International Airport on daily basis from June 8, 2017 using Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

The route will still be code-shared with Malaysia Airlines which earlier streamlines its operations from 4x daily flight to 3x daily. The fourth flight will be restored in summer to be operated by PAL.

The airline earlier re-opened the route to Kuala Lumpur in May 1 of 2013 after seven years of absence.

Xiamen Grows Cebu Hub

18 January 2017

Xiamen Air is fast growing its Cebu hub as it opens Fushou-Cebu and Quanzhou-Cebu this year. The route will be serve with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Xiamen Air reopened the Xiamen-Cebu route in March 2016, flying three times weekly. The airline also flies Xiamen-Manila and for a time flew also Xiamen-Davao in September and October last year.

Schedules for the new flights from Mactan Cebu to China will be made available as soon as regulatory approvals are secured by the airline.

JAF1 Makes Port of Call In Davao

13 January 2017

The Japanese Air Force One and Japanese Air Force Two were in Davao for official state visit in the Philippines.

Prime Minister Abe was the first Japanese Prime Minister and the second highest ranking government official to have visited Davao City and Mindanao in general. He is also the first head of government to have visited a sitting President's home. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad came to Davao in February 1994 for the launching of the East ASEAN Growth Area BIMP (EAGA), being the first head of state to do so in Davao and Mindanao.

The two aircraft carried Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his delegates after making ports of call in Manila Thursday approving some 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) in funding and investment assistance to the Philippines for the next five years before flying to Davao City for the night to have breakfast with President Duterte at his home the following morning.

Japan is the Philippines largest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA), and is the second biggest source of foreign investment for two consecutive years in 2016 (after the Netherlands). Total trade between the countries was around $15.9 billion, about half that of the shipments between the Philippines and China.

The two Boeing 747 aircraft are used by the government of Japan for overseas travel by the Emperor, Prime Minister and other high-ranking officials. Each aircraft has a capacity of 140 passengers and can be used for emergency evacuations of Japanese citizens and overseas deployment of Japan Self-Defense Forces personnel.

The aircraft operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force left Davao International Airport at noon time Friday heading to Australia in a four nation tour before going to Indonesia and Vietnam.

PAL Grows Back Cebu Domestic

13 January 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is growing back its Cebu Domestic Network after cutting some services in 2012 due to integration with Air Philippines Corporation (APC) which now runs most of PAL domestic network.

PAL will be re-instating Cebu-Puerto Princesa and General Santos route on daily basis using Airbus A320 aircraft on March 26, 2017, a route it once abandon due to marketing issues. It will also re-instate Surigao to its Cebu hub with daily flights.

The airline will also add Clark-Puerto Princesa to its route network beginning March 26, 2017 instead of the 3xd Clark-Cagayan De Oro route, bringing the Clark hub domestic route to four (Cebu, Caticlan, Davao). PAL will likewise expand Cebu-Butuan with additional daily flight.

From Cebu, PAL flies Iloilo(3xd), Bacolod(2xd), Cagayan de Oro(3xd), Davao(3xd), Tacloban(2xd), Butuan(1xd), Caticlan(1xd), and Kalibo(4xw).

The airline previously flew from Cebu to Zamboanga, Dipolog, Ozamiz, Pagadian, and Surigao. It also flew from Zamboanga hub to Jolo, Tawi-Tawi and Davao.

CNS/ATM Goes Online In June

6 January 2017

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has announced yesterday that the new P13.25 billion Communications Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system will be operational by the end of June, replacing analog ground-based system with satellite-based CNS/ATM technology that will put the country at par with the rest of the world by having aircraft transponders receive satellite signals and using transponder transmissions to determine the precise locations of aircraft in the sky.

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The long delayed project was funded in part by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with a grant of 22,049 million yen
and is expected to provide more efficient and safer air traffic flow management in the Philippines.

The project was partly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It includes the establishment of a central traffic control complex housed in the CAAP office in Manila, and 10 radar sites covering the entire Philippine Flight Information Region.

CAAP said the system is now 92% complete as they are testing and processing the integration and migration of the new navigational system.

Package 1 of the CNS/ATM project was finally awarded to a joint venture of Japan's Sumitomo Corporation and Thales Australia Ltd (formerly Thomson-CSF) after being frozen by the Commission on Audit for 3 years due to corruption allegations. The package involved the installation of the latest Eurocat system with an integrated Digital Voice Control System, Aeronautical Information System, Automated Message Handling System, Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Router, Global Navigation Satellite System monitoring and metrological systems.

The project's Package 2 includes the installation of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Ground Station, En-route Radar (Secondary Surveillance Radar Mode-S), Terminal Radar (Airport Surveillance Radar/Secondary Surveillance Radar), VHF Terminal and Remote Control Air-Ground Communications facility, Microwave link and Very Small Aperture Terminal.

Package 3 of the project is up for bidding this year and slated for completion in 2019.

The CNS/ATM Systems Development Project was first conceptualized in 1994 in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Air Navigation Plan, and would replace the aging vital communications, surveillance, and air traffic control equipment at selected airports nationwide.

Loan agreement with JICA was signed in 1995 to finance this project for implementation in 2002 but was delayed until 2006. It was only in 2010 that the project was awarded to the winning bidder before it was stopped again for alleged irregularity in 2011. It was cleared to continue only in 2013.The project will be finally completed in June of 2017, 20 years thereafter.

DOTr Bids Sangley Airport Project

6 January 2017

Sangley Airport Development is rolling super fast as the Transport Department(DOTr)is bidding ₱552.87 million for runway rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of the entire stretch to prepare it to civil aviation traffic and domestic turboprop operations.

Phase 1A of the project also involves runway grade correction, ramp construction, drainage system, construction of four hangars with a floor area of roughly 1,600 square meters (sq.m.) each, and 150 seater passenger terminal building (PTB) construction with an area of 800 sq.m. along with offices and vehicular parking area and other building facilities.

Twelve firms expressed interest in bidding for the said Project when they attended the pre-bid conference yesterday.

Phase 1B of the project to bidded out next year has a price tag of ₱707 million (see our earlier report here). Sangley airport expressway that will connect NAIA in 30 minutes for international transfer is also now pending with the Toll Regulatory Board for approval.

The project when completed is expected to reduce air traffic congestion at the country’s main international gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) when all general aviation services and domestic turboprops transfer to Sangley Airport.

When President Flies Economy

Walking the Talk

6 January 2017
No this is not PR1 but a regular PAL flight out of Davao. Treat it as you will but this is the first economy flight of a sitting Philippine President taken on January 5, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier took a premium economy seat on board PAL going home to Davao City in July last year.

It was however former President Benigno Aquino who got the distinction of flying economy class first when he flew Cebu Pacific from Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan. The only difference was that President Aquino sat in front while President Duterte sat in the back like an ordinary passenger

Why MNL Traffic Decongestion Remedy Wont Work?

Airport Transfer Statistics
6 January 2016

72% of NAIA passengers has Metro Manila as destination while only 28.4% fly somewhere else. Most travellers connect to Puerto Princesa (PPS). This is the reason why the government is fast tracking construction of new Puerto Princesa Airport Passenger Terminal Building to absorb the 4.7% transfer traffic out of NAIA's 38 million passengers in 2016. Philippine Airlines already has regular charters to Taiwan and South Korea from PPS with Air Asia following suit in 2017. Domestic Transfer from Cebu is even larger at 5.2% which explains Cebu Pacific's massive growth on this route in 2016. Connection traffic to Caticlan was seen to go down dramatically in 2016 because of Kalibo gateway and Bacolod opening up for international traffic.

Airport planners see PPS to be the 3rd biggest airport in the Philippines if trends continue within the next 10 years driven by international passenger traffic, overtaking Davao, Iloilo and Kalibo in the process. Kalibo will likewise suffer a drastic reduction of passengers when Caticlan's new PTB opens in 2018. It is seen that 100% of Kalibo's international traffic will also relocate should the government allow Caticlan to be a gateway airport. Currently, only Kalibo and Iloilo in Panay are made gateway airports under ASEAN and North Asean bilateral agreements. Puerto Princesa and Caticlan will soon be connected with other domestic airports other than Manila, Cebu and Clark which should see passenger traffic mitigation working until at least 2022.