THE Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has allotted flight entitlements to four local carriers, including Airphil Express, to enable these airlines to offer more passenger seats, and embark on direct flights to Vietnam and—for the first time—to Cambodia.
Airphil Express was granted seven frequencies to mount flights to the Clark-Cambodia route.
Airphil Express was granted 1,045 seats per week. 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 Airphil Express and two other local carriers the remaining flight entitlements that would service the Manila-Kuala Lumpur (KL) route. Airphil was allotted 1,260-weekly seat entitlements.
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.