MANILA, 13 January 2017: Philippine Airlines plans new domestic routes to be introduced during the summer timetable April to October.
The three additional domestic routes, include services that will be operated under the PAL Express brand according to Routesonline.
Two of the new services will boost the airline’s network served out of its Cebu base. Read more
MANILA, 30 December 2016: Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada, who is opening a new USD2.4 billion casino resort in Manila, said Wednesday he hoped to make the Philippines “the next Hawaii” as he looks to expand his business there.
In addition to Manila, Okada said he was also exploring the possibility of operating resorts on the Philippine islands of Palawan and Boracay, both major tourist attractions, in a bid to tap the lucrative Chinese market.
“I would like to make the Philippines the next Hawaii, given that there are a lot of great beaches here,” he told ABS-CBN television in an interview aired late Wednesday. Read more
BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: US President Elect, Donald Trump, has properties under development in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) that could ultimately become terror targets.
A report by Bloomberg identifies the worldwide terror risk to buildings branded Trump, once the President Elect takes office in January 2017.
In Indonesia, Trump has licensed his name to MNC Group to build a resort in Bali and another in Lido, 65 km south of Jakarta, already a popular up-scale golf resort Read more
MANILA, 30 November 2016: More than 1,300 Chinese citizens have been arrested in the Philippines for working illegally at an unlicensed online gaming business, the immigration bureau said Tuesday.
China has expressed concern over the raid at a casino-hotel complex in the northern Philippines and said Manila must guarantee “humanitarian treatment” of those being held.
Some 1,318 people were detained during the raid, 24 November, in Angeles city, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP. Read more
SINGAPORE, 16 November 2016: Philippines’ low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific Air, accepted delivery of another ATR 72-600 aircraft last week.
The delivery is the second of the USD673-million order for 16 aircraft that was placed at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
The ATR 72-600, used by Cebgo (a wholly owned subsidiary of CEB), have a more spacious cabin layout and additional seats. Read more
DOHA, 4 November 2016: Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly a scheduled Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between Doha and Clark International Airport in the Philippines.
The inaugural daily flight, QR 930, was greeted with a traditional water salute upon arrival at Clark International Airport, 2 November.
Clark International Airport Corporation president, Alexander Cauguiran, commented: “The arrival of Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner is a welcome development for Clark International Airport as we strive to develop ourselves into the next premier international gateway of the Philippines. We look forward to forging a stronger partnership with Qatar Airways who has been a strong supporter of CIAC for the past few years.” Read more
MANILA, 21 October 2016: One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people, Thursday, as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes.
Super Typhoon Haima struck late, Wednesday night, with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone Southeast Asian archipelago and claimed more than 7,350 lives.
Haima then roared across mountain and farming communities of the northern regions of the main island of Luzon overnight, causing widespread destruction and killing at least eight people, authorities said. Read more
MANILA, 27 September 2016: A Philippine passenger jet heading to Japan was forced to turn back Monday after smoke was detected in the aircraft, while the wheel of a second plane caught fire after it aborted taking off from a separate airport, an aviation official said.
The first incident involved a Philippine Airlines flight to Haneda, which had just taken off from Manila, said Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the civil aviation authority.
“Apparently there was information that the pilot detected smoke in the cabin. So as part of safety measures, the pilot had to return to the ground,” he told AFP. Read more
MANILA, 21 September 2016: The pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight accidentally pressed an emergency alarm, creating a hijack scare and triggering a major security response at Manila airport on Tuesday, authorities said.
Police and security personnel surrounded the Saudia flight from Jeddah after it landed, Tuesday afternoon, following a report to the control tower that the plane was “under threat”, a Philippine aviation authority spokesman told AFP.
Passengers were forced to remain on the plane for about two hours, but were let off about 1700 (0900 GMT) after it was confirmed there was no threat. Read more
MANILA, 7 September 2016: Dubbed as the ‘longest running travel trade show in the Philippines, this year’s Philippine Travel Mart closed Sunday at the Pasay City exhibition centre after three days of sales and promotions.
One of the highlights was the advance publicity for the organisers of the Miss Universe contest, which will be hosted by the Philippines.
The Miss Universe pageant will be held 30 January, 2017, possibly in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City in the same city that hosted the travel mart. Read more