Local airlines seek more seat entitlements to Singapore

Posted at 02/20/14 5:19 PM

MANILA – The country’s airlines have filed a consolidated application seeking for additional seat entitlements to Singapore.

The application was submitted by flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Zest and Tiger Airways Philippines.

PAL, which intends to use the Airbus A321 aircraft, is seeking 2,186 seats per week for flights to and from Singapore.

PAL Express is seeking 1,638 seats per week and plans to use an A320.

PAL is owned by Lucio Tan and San Miguel Corp.

Gokongwei-owned Cebu Pacific, meanwhile, is applying for 3,459 seats per week using an A330, which can carry 436 passengers.

AirAsia Zest is seeking 2,520 seats per week while its parent firm AirAsia is seeking 1,260 seats per week.

Both airlines intend to use the A320, which has a capacity of 180 passengers.

Tigerair Philippines, recently acquired by Cebu Pacific, is applying for 1,260 seats per week with a capacity of 180 seats.

The Philippines and Singapore inked a new memorandum of understanding on air services early this month to allow the increase in the number of seats on flights between the Philippines and Singapore, as well as expand fifth freedom rights.

"The parties signed a new MOU on air services expanding the exchange of traffic rights between the two countries," Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla said.

Arcilla said the new agreement increased the number of seats to around 16,800 on the Manila-Singapore route per week for each country. The current number of seats is 13,800 per week for each country.

The agreement also expanded the fifth freedom rights, by adding China for Singapore and India for the Philippines.

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