CAB extends Emirates' 3rd Manila-Dubai flight
MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) extended Emirates Airlines’ 3rd daily flight between Manila and Dubai for another 30 days even as local carriers continued to oppose added capacity for the airline.
Carmelo Arcilla, CAB executive director, said Tuesday, December 23, that the airline regulator granted Emirates the extension due to the need to absorb the volume of passengers coming home from the United Arab Emirates.
“The Board’s action is premised on the need to [make sure] that passengers, especially the big volume of OFWs traveling to and from the Philippines during the holiday season, would not be inconvenienced or dislocated,” Arcilla said in a text message.
This is the 3rd time the Gulf carrier asked for an extension, and the CAB is no longer bent on giving another one, he said.
“The Board granted Emirates on an extra bilateral basis a final and [not extendable] period of 30 days, or until January 26, to operate a third daily frequency,” he said.
On December 15, Emirates asked CAB to stretch its 3rd Manila-Dubai flight for another 30 days or until January 26. The service uses the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Local carriers Cebu Pacific and Philippines insisted that Emirates could not mount another flight at the NAIA, citing a ruling signed by the President.
Under Executive Order 29, foreign carriers can only increase their capacities in all airports in the the country except at NAIA.
Initially, CAB slapped Emirates with P1.8-million ($40,353.01) fine for selling 3rd daily flights without prior approval from the regulator.
Emirates said that the 3rd flight has long been an integral part of its service which was implemented in January 2013. It has been operating the Dubai-Manila service since 1990. – Rappler.com