30 December 2016
Stronger PTB To Rise Up in Ormoc
Stronger PTB To Rise Up in Ormoc
|The Department of Transport (DOTr) has allocated ₱85 million for the re-design, retrofit, repair and completion of new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) that was damaged by typhoon Yolanda in 2013. |
The completion project is set to restart next year after completing re-design and re-engineering works to the new terminal which is expected to open to the public in 2018.
Meanwhile, the airport will also see construction of new control tower and navigational support facilities valued at ₱151.5 million and another ₱20.1 million to procure maintenance and service equipment.
According to the Transportation department, Ormoc airport already refurbished its small passenger terminal building that was badly damaged by the typhoon, as well as procured new safety and security equipment after an airline manifest intent to use the airport in 2015.
However, DOTr said the completion of the new terminal is being undertaken to enable the airport to meet international standards and accommodate more passengers from larger airbus aircraft that will soon be fielded by airline companies.
The airport went back to business when Cebu Pacific launched flight to the airport in November 19 with ATR 72-500 aircraft from Cebu.
|Philippine Airlines subsidiary PAL Express is starting operations in Clark International Airport for the second time around Friday beginning with daily flights to Caticlan.|
PAL President Jaime Bautista hopes the Clark hub will work for them as they introduce more flights to the airport beginning January 30 next year.
“Hopefully our operations in Clark become successful” he said.
The flag carrier intends to add more flights to Clark by January 2017, including daily flights from Clark-Cebu and Clark-Davao; four-times-a-week flights from Clark to Busuanga, Palawan, plus three times per week flights to Cagayan de Oro. In addition, PAL will launch daily international flights to Incheon, South Korea beginning February 1.
The airline plans to have a total of 21 flights per week at Clark Airport by March of 2017 using Q400s and A320 planes.
In May 2012, PAL Express operated flights from Clark to Kalibo, Cebu,and Davao as well as international flights to Hong Kong and Singapore. All flights were terminated after one season leaving Cebu Pacific behind which has been operating successfully at said airport and has since grown the route left both by PAL Express and Air Asia Philippines.
The Philippine Air Force welcomes the second batch of a dozen fighter planes ordered from South Korea in a deal worth 18.9 billion.
The fighter jet which landed at Clark airport before noon on Thursday displayed a diamond formation reminiscent of the old glory days of the air force used to be done on the erstwhile F-5 fleet.
The arrival of two more FA-50 (tail #3 and #4) raises the number of existing jets of the Philippine Air Force to four. They were piloted by two South Koreans from Korean Aerospace and arrived at Clark Air Base around 11:41 a.m. and 11:42 a.m., respectively.
The two fighter jets left South Korea on Nov. 29 and reached Kaohsiung, Taiwan, yesterday. It then proceeded to Clark airport around 10:10 a.m. and were met by the first two FA-50s with tail numbers 0001 and 002 over Pangasinan. They made a diamond formation over Clark Air Base and were met with a water cannon salute when they landed.
The rest of the fighter jet is expected to be delivered on a staggered basis until 2018.
|There will be no Hawaii, Middle East or Australia expansion for this 7th A330-300 of Cebu Pacific, at least not yet, as the airline intends to boost domestic capacity to Cebu and Davao and expand international flight services to select regional destinations in Hong Kong and Singapore out of congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The next two birds however are more capable (240t) than its present sibling (235t) as it has activated center tanks capable of reaching Honolulu with 440 passengers.|
|Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Etihad Airways (ETD) is heading in opposite direction starting summer of next year if both company fails to salvage its strategic partnership agreement that should have marked a new era of cooperation between the two flag carriers.|
The culprit of the airline's trouble appears to be wrong product choices of PAL which add to its woes when passengers started shying away from the airline and opted instead to fly ETD because of better product offers, most notable of which is the absence of In-flight Entertainment (IFE) System to its operating aircraft. ETD offers this product to all passengers regardless of fare classes.
The agreement which supposedly covers code-share flights, loyalty programs, airport lounges, joint sales and marketing programs, a Philippines domestic air pass, cargo, and the coordination of airport operations to provide a better guest experience at their Abu Dhabi and Manila hubs now appears in limbo as PAL failed to match ETD services.
PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said they will be converting some of the Airbus A330-300's that are used for the middle east flight but until now no product is introduced to the said route citing poor yield despite being given 5th freedom traffic rights from Abu Dhabi to any points in Saudi Arabia.
The Philippine carrier was expected to harmonize products offering with Etihad which it did in the early part of the agreement by fielding a bi-class A330-300 to the route but that strategy failed because of absence of IFE services which Abu Dhabi bound passengers desired.
Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan is trying to salvage the agreement with Philippine Airlines as it expires in six (6) month's time.
The commercial agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi on 28 April 2014.