MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air are getting the 9,500 additional seat entitlements that the government air panel negotiated with South Korea earlier this year.
"We already awarded the entitlements to Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Zest Air," said Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla.
PAL and Cebu Pacific each get more than 3,000 seats. Zest Air was given around 2,000 seats,
In its application, Cebu Pacific asked for an additional 3,780 seats a week. It currently has an existing allocation of 5,670 weekly seats.
PAL asked for an additional 3,500 seats per week, on top of its current 7,550 seats per week.
On the other hand, Zest Air applied for 5,596 seats a week. This is in addition to its 2,700 seats per week allocation.
Last April, the Philippines and South Korea amended their existing air pact by adding an additional 9,500-weekly seats.
Arcilla said the 19,000 weekly seat entitlements being utilized by Philippine and Korean carriers has been increased to 28,500 seats per week for each country.
The move is expected to increase the number of South Korean tourists to the Philippines. South Korea is already the the biggest source of tourists for the Philippines. There were 474,685 Koreans visiting the country in the first half, a 10.5% growth compared to the previous year.