MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific hit Emirates Airlines once again for its move asking the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to extend its 30-day authority to fly a third daily flight between Manila and Dubai.
In a joint statement, PAL and Cebu Pacific said Emirates' move is a direct insult to CAB, since the regulator had already fined the Middle Eastern airline P1.8 million for selling the third flight without approval.
"In more mundane terms, Emirates is asking to be allowed to operate colorum flights. This is a practice the public must be protected from," the two carriers said.
The Philippine Star reported that Emirates, through Puno & Puno Law Offices, filed a petition before the CAB last Dec. 15 seeking a third 30-day extension for its third flight to and from Dubai via the NAIA.
"Emirates respectfully requests for another 30 day extension from Dec. 27 or until Jan. 26 to prevent disruption of services to the travelling public,” Emirates said.
Last October, CAB turned down Emirates' petition to use the unutilized frequency of PAL until March 2015. With an appeal pending, the CAB granted Emirates a 30-day extension to continue the flight until November 26, and another extension until December 26.
"(Emirates') claim that national interest warrants the extension is but a cover to their real motive which is to legitimize a third daily flight between Manila and Dubai. National interest is based on rule of and respect for law. Emirates had no right to sell tickets without government approval. National interest is never served by an illegal act," PAL and Cebu Pacific said.