Zest, Cebu Pacific are soon planning to expand into Australia. With Air Asia and Tiger Airlines expanding in Manila too expect more people from both countries touring each other’s place. That’s good for culture and business too.
From Businessworld Philippines
June 06, 2012
ZEST AIRWAYS, Inc. (Zest Air) plans to offer flights to Australia, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed, making it yet another budget carrier to announce expansion plans.
Zest Air asked regulators for 1,546 weekly seat entitlements to the neighboring continent, which it plans to use next year, a filing showed.
“Notice is hereby given that Zest Airways has filed with the CAB a petition for designation as Philippine official carrier and allocation of entitlements between the Philippines and Australia dated March 13, 2009, at total of 1,546 weekly seats under Route A to be operated in the summer schedules of 2013 utilizing its Airbus A330-300,” the CAB document read.
Ma. Alben S.L. Moro, chief of CAB’s hearing and examiners division, said that hearing has been tentatively rescheduled to June 13 from June 5 following Zest Air’s request.
CAB documents further showed that the country has an existing 5,000 seat allocation for Australia-Route A.
Already, 3,194 seat allocations per week have been allocated to flag carrier Philippine Airlines while a 1,260-weekly seat allocation have been given to Cebu Pacific, bringing the distributed seat entitlements to 4,454.
The country, however, has an unlimited seat entitlements for the Australia-Route B that allows carriers to mount flights from any point in the country except Manila and Clark to any point in Australia except Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
This comes as other budget carriers were yesterday found to be planning flights to more destinations.
“Notice is hereby given that AirAsia, Inc. has filed with CAB a petition for reallocation of entitlements to Hong Kong a total of 1,428 seat entitlements previously allocated to Zest Airways (1,250 weekly seats) and Seair,” a separate CAB filing showed.
Air Asia already has 1,036 seat entitlements per week for Hong Kong, but Marianne B. Hontiveros, the airline’s chief executive officer, said that AirAsia Philippines wants two daily flights to the former British colony.
“I want to run a second daily flight and need seats, which are un-utilized by those airlines,” Ms. Hontiveros toldBusinessWorld in a text message yesterday.
But Alfredo A. Herrera, Zest Air’s chief for sales and marketing, said in a text message yesterday: “We are not giving up our allocation, and we are in fact working out schedules.”
Seair, for its part, is set to expand its domestic destinations to seven locations: Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo and Bacolod.
Meanwhile, Cebu Air, Inc., which operates budget carrier Cebu Pacific, said it yesterday signed a $280 million contract with Rolls-Royce which will provide long-term service support for its Trent 700 engines on up to eight Airbus A330 aircraft.