Budget airlines seek more seats to Singapore

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2015 12:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 02 2015 08:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carriers Cebu Pacific, TigerAir Philippines and AirAsia Zest are seeking additional seat entitlements to Singapore.

This comes after the government signed its air services agreement with Singapore last February 13.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) consolidated the application of the three budget carriers.

The Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific and TigerAir are seeking additional weekly seats of 1,260 each.

On the other hand, AirAsia Zest is asking for a similar number of seat entitlements.

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said the Philippines and Singapore signed a new memorandum of understanding on air services, which boosted the current number of seat entitlements between Manila and Singapore by 7.1 percent to 18,888 seats per week for each country.

Arcilla said the list of co-terminal points for Singapore airlines was expanded to include Iloilo and Bacolod, in addition to Cebu, Davao, and Puerto Princesa.

He added both sides also agreed to increase the limit on the frequencies for 5th freedom rights to 10 a week from the current eight per week.

Fifth freedom rights refer to the right to fly passengers to third countries from a country with which an airline's resident country has an outstanding air services agreement.

"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," Arcilla said.

Both Manila and Singapore also agreed on third country code sharing allowing airlines of the two countries to collaborate with airlines from third countries in marketing services between the two countries.