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PAL opposes Emirates plan for Manila growth

Philippines Airlines said to ask civil aviation authority to reject request by Dubai carrier

PAL opposes Emirates plan for Manila growth

Philippine Airlines has asked civil aviation officials to reject plans by Dubai's Emirates Airline to add more flights to Manila from next year, it was reported on Sunday.

The airline has reportedly asked the Civil Aeronautics Board to reject the move by Emirates to add a third daily flight to Manila from January 1.

According to the Manila Standard Today newspaper, PAL has called the move "counterproductive and unjustified".

It added that PAL plans to introduce its own-operated flights to the UAE.

“We believe that it would be difficult, perhaps, impossible, for Philippine carriers to viably sustain our own operations over the long term in the face of such a commanding undue advantage on the part of our top competitor,” PAL reportedly said in a letter to authorities.

PAL said it had no objection to Emirates' current 14 flights per week but was opposed to the planned increase to 21.

Emirates announced last month plans for the increase on its Manila route as part of an expansion of services to South East Asia.

It said from December 3, the airline will bolster its number of flights to Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur from three-times-a-day to 25 per week while a third daily non-stop flight to Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, will start from March 1 2013.

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Hashim 7 years ago

As mentioned above statement : ((Philippine Airlines has asked civil aviation officials to reject plans by Dubai's Emirates Airline to add more flights to Manila from next year, it was reported on Sunday)).

The above statement meaning PAL not planned there business flourishing over last few decades. Even Emirates Airlines was in shoe of PAL at beginning of starting of their business. I am as Emirati whish all the success to PAL respectfully. Philippine’s is great country with grate talent people, but unfortunately they spread all over the world, due to lack of proficiently planning or sort of that.

Cooperation will benefit everyone in both countries’

Whish all the best to everyone.

Brian 6 years ago

Sad but true. There seems to be no future plans for PAL. Very disappointing.

Jake 6 years ago

Not correct, they have big plans, but just as many challenges. Once they get approved to fly to the US and EU again things will look better but until then CAAP will have to get their act together. Although I agree that blocking Emirates at this point is only making matters worse for the customers/OFWs...

Onell 6 years ago

PAL must have plans. Now it is slowly recovering. PAL and CAB has the right to refuse for additional flights requested by EK to operate unless on code-sharing basis. Bilateral agreement is first and foremost between two countries. Refusal of PAL to allow EK on its 3rd frequency in Summer of 2013 is not harmful to the OFWs/guests as there are other airlines also operating from Gulf countries to Philippines. Let us wait and see, who will be the first to operate to the Gulf, PAL or Cebu Pacific? Mabuhay!!!!

jojo mijala 6 years ago


Sad really that PAL is no longer flying to the Gulf. The problem with PAL is poor management, poor service and cryonism. Unless and until PAL try to resolve these things, it will never be able to compete with other airlines.