THE Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has allotted flight entitlements to four local carriers to enable these airlines to offer more passenger seats, and embark on direct flights to Vietnam and—for the first time—to Cambodia.
Cebu Pacific was granted five frequencies while ZestAir was allotted two frequencies to the Manila-Cambodia route. One frequency is equivalent to one weekly-flight.
Airphil Express and AirAsia Philippines Inc. each got seven frequencies to mount flights to the Clark-Cambodia route.
The board also awarded six co-efficients (equivalent to about 160 passenger seats) to AirAsia Philippines. CAB lawyer Elena Moro said these entitlements can be used to field flights to Osaka and Nagoya in Japan from Clark.
Cebu Pacific also got 650 weekly-seats to embark on flights to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and 1,260 seats per week to Hanoi from Manila.
ZestAir and Airphil Express were each granted 1,045 seats per week. Moro said these seats can be used to service Manila-to-Hanoi or Cebu-to-Hanoi routes.
Earlier, the Philippines inked an air pact with Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Last week the CAB assigned to Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Airphil Express the remaining flight entitlements that would service the Manila-Kuala Lumpur (KL) route.
Cebu Pacific was authorized to mount 720 more seats per week from the current 10 weekly flights representing 1,800 seats a week.
Airphil was allotted 1,260-weekly seat entitlements and 540-weekly seats for Zest Air.
The CAB is part of the Philippine air panel which negotiates for traffic rights with other countries. Aside from the CAB, other panel members include the Departments of Transportation and Communications, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Trade and Industry, and representatives from the airline companies.