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40 bodies recovered, dozens more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

May 22, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Pakistan International Airlines plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground

AFTERMATH. Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Aviation needs confidence to take off again – industry chief

May 20, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association says airlines are working on developing procedures that would be safe and permit economically viable operations

GRIM INDUSTRY. Commercial planes of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[OPINION] The era of cheap flights is over

May 13, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'When the dust settles, whether by reason of conscience, aversion to novel pathogens, or dislike of higher prices, many will put off from taking to the sky'

Virus-ravaged UK aviation sector faces quarantine woe

May 12, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Operators of United Kingdom airlines and airports express alarm over the British government's plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on inbound travelers

Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, react as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. - The MS Braemar had more than 1,000 people aboard including five confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 50 people in isolation due to showing flu-like symptoms. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

May 09, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Manila's international airport will maintain its limit of 400 passengers daily

ARRIVALS. Passengers from international flights arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 29, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Airport rental holiday extended to May 15

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Landing and take-off, and parking fees for domestic and international flights in CAAP airports are also deferred for a year, until March 2021

AIRPORTS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Virus could mean 1.2 billion fewer airline passengers

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:30 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organization says the 'most substantial reduction in passenger numbers' is expected to be in Europe

DEPARTURE. Mask-clad passengers bound for Frankfurt walk past check-in counters at Dubai International Airport on April 6, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

CAAP grounds Lionair fleet after deadly plane crash

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Lionair's entire fleet cannot operate while the probe into the crash is ongoing. Investigators already have the plane's cockpit voice recorder.

GROUNDED. A Lion Air (West Wind 24) aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with eight passengers on board caught fire while about to take off from runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Aifrport in Paranaque City on Sunday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EU aviation agency tells airlines to disinfect planes

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:15 AM

The European Aviation Safety Agency says airlines on all routes must 'step up the frequency of cleaning'

DISINFECTING. A crew member of an evacuation flight of French citizens from Wuhan gives passengers disinfectant during the flight to France on February 1, 2020, as they are repatriated from the coronavirus hot zone. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into 2

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:00 AM

It is not known how many people have been injured, but officials say no one died

Toyota investing $400 million in flying car company

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The investment in Joby Aviation comes as Toyota looks to expand into new sectors as the industry rapidly transforms

AKIO TOYODA. Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks on January 6, 2020 at the Toyota press conference at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

NAIA targets partial operations on January 13

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:55 PM

NAIA is no longer experiencing ashfall. Departure flights will be prioritized on Monday, January 13, to free up aircraft parking slots.

NAIA flights 'on hold' due to Taal Volcano ash eruption

Jan 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ash reaches NAIA's runways and ramps. The suspension of flights will remain in effect 'until further notice.'

Passenger planes are parked while others taxi at the departure building of Manila international airport on December 3, 2019, hours before the deadline of the closure of the airport due to Typhoon Kamurri. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Ukraine in national mourning after deadly airliner crash

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Ukraine's priority is to establish the causes of the catastrophe. We are undoubtedly going to get to the truth,' says Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky

NATIONAL MOURNING DAY. A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Iran says Ukrainian plane turned back before crashing

Jan 09, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Both Canada and the United States call for a full investigation to determine the cause of the crash

CRASH DEBRIS. Rescue teams recover debris from a field after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8, 2020, killing everyone on board. Photo by AFP

Airlines avoid Iran and Iraq airspace

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Shortly after the missile attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration says it is banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines gives updates on 7 airports affected by Typhoon Ursula

AFTERMATH. CAAP Deputy Director General for Operations Captain Donaldo Mendoza inspects the damages at Kalibo International Airport today, 26 December 2019. Photo from CAAP

U.S. aviation chief says Boeing 737 MAX won't be recertified until 2020

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:05 PM

The MAX has been grounded since March following the second of two crashes that killed a total of 346 people

Entertainment City firms slam DOTr order to transfer flights

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

City of Dreams Manila, Solaire, and Resorts World representatives say transferring flights to Sangley Airport will inconvenience their VIP guests

TRANSFERRING FLIGHTS? Entertainment City firms said that transferring their charter flights from NAIA to Sangley Airport would be 'unreasonable'. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

Passenger arrested for bomb joke at Davao airport

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The incident also delays the departure of a Davao-Cebu flight on Sunday, November 3

Photo from Shutterstock

Ex-CAAP official guilty of using agency funds for own gas expenses

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

In a plea deal, former CAAP chief financial officer Abner Bondoc admits guilt to a lesser offense and vows to refund the agency, instead of going through a graft trial

Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 7 dead as World War II plane crashes in the U.S. – reports

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The Boeing B-17 aircraft, which the US Air Force deployed against Germany and Japan, crashes at Bradley International Airport while trying to land

B-17. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2013, a World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress flies over the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2013 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A B-17 bomber with 13 people on board crashed on October 2, 2019, at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, reportedly causing several deaths and serious injuries, according to local police and media. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/AFP

End of Boeing 737 MAX grounding up to individual countries – U.S. FAA

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

This statement points to a lack of consensus among regulators on when to clear the Boeing 737 MAX for service

CRISIS. Boeing 737 airplanes are pictured on the company's production line on March 27, 2019, in Renton, Washington. File photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

Cockpit voice recorder of crashed plane in Laguna retrieved, to be decoded

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The aircraft wreckage also undergoes reconstruction

RETRIEVED RECORDER. A third-party Australian firm will be decoding the recorder's contents in aid of the probe into what caused the crash. Photo courtesy of CAAP Media - FOI

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

Boeing reports $2.9 billion loss in Q2, biggest quarterly loss ever

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The loss follows an earlier announcement that Boeing will set aside $4.9 billion after taxes to compensate airlines for canceled flights and the delay in plane deliveries

BOEING. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019, the Boeing Company logo is seen on a building in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pakistanis angered by new airport baggage-wrapping policy

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:50 PM

One commenter calls Pakistan's mandatory baggage wrapping a 'corrupt profit-making endeavor,' while some argue it would be harmful to the environment

Pakistani people wait in queue to get boarding pass at an international counter during a rehearsal by the airport officials at the newly built Islamabad International Airport ahead of its official opening on the outskirts of Islamabad on April 26, 2018. - The newly built airport is expected to officially operational in the next week of May. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)

CAAP declares 'no-fly zone' over Batasan for SONA 2019

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines prohibits airmen from flying up to 10 kilometers near Plaridel, Bulacan, where aviation schools are located, ahead of the 2019 State of the Nation Address

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Planes landing in Israel see GPS signals disrupted

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:52 PM

It has baffled authorities who have failed to find the source and forced airports to change some landing procedures

GPS. This file photo shows the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. File photo from Wikipedia

Free LRT 2, MRT, PNR rides for students starting July 1

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Students need only to show their school IDs to get free rides during specific hours on weekdays, except holidays

FREE RIDES. Students up to college level may now enjoy free rides at railways and free terminal fees at airports and seaports. MRT photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, LRT photo by Sky Author/Wikepedia, PNR by Jose Del/Rappler, NAIA by Jay Directo/AFP

Wreckage of trainer aircraft found off Mindoro Strait

May 20, 2019 - 5:30 PM

But the Filipino pilot and the Saudi Arabian student pilot remain missing

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov tells Russian media the craft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode 'because of lightning' on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk

ACCIDENT. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows destroyed fuselage at a site of a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:49 AM

CEO Dennis Muilenberg also says test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for its planes' anti-stall system

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

India's debt-stricken Jet Airways suspends all operations

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The airline was once India's second-biggest by market share but is on the brink of collapse with debts of more than $1 billion

Boeing must do more work on proposed 737 fix – U.S. regulator

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Additional work is needed 'to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues,' says a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman

BOEING 737. Boeing 737 airplanes are pictured on the company's production line, on March 27, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFPÂ

Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flights

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) The closure of WOW Air, which transports more than a third of those traveling to Iceland, comes after buyout talks with rival Icelandair collapsed earlier this week

WOW AIR. This photograph taken on August 6, 2018, shows the tailfins of Wow (Icelandic low-cost company) Airbus A321-200 aircraft on the tarmac at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Founder of India's beleaguered Jet Airways quits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Jet Airways, which has debts of more than $1 billion, says in a statement that its creditors will inject up to $218 million of 'immediate funding support' into the airline

JET AIRWAYS. In this file photo taken on April 14, 2008 Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, addresses a launch ceremony in Hong Kong. File photo by Mike Clarke/AFP

LOOK: MacroAsia, PTC Holdings aviation school opens in Subic

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Courses will commence in April at the First Aviation Academy, which seeks to address the increasing demand for commercial pilots around the world

NEW FLIGHT SCHOOL. Philippine Airlines President and CEO Jaime Bautista leads the champagne pouring on the brand new Tecnam planes that will be used by First Aviation Academy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boeing to upgrade stall prevention on 737 MAX – sources

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Sources say the fix was already underway before the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed

BOEING 737 MAX 8. Boeing is set to roll out an upgrade to their MAX 8 models after two deadly accidents in recent months. File photo shows an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet at the Toronto Pearson International Airport for a landing on March 13, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

France probes 737 MAX black boxes as Boeing halts deliveries

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Investigators will now try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the crash

SEARCH. Forensics workers comb through the debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019, four days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific back to profit after two years in red

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Cathay has been overhauling its business after posting its first losses for 8 years in 2016

BACK TO PROFIT. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Ethiopia to send black boxes to Europe as questions mount over crash

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ethiopian Airlines says it will decide by Thursday, March 14, which country will examine the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder

BOEING. The tail section of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 being built for Ethiopian Airlines is pictured at the company's factory, on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

Malaysia Airlines could be sold or shut down – PM

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it,' says Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Britain leads airspace bans on Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the model and insisted they will take action if safety issues are detected

BANNED. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Aboitiz gains original proponent status for Laguindingan Airport upgrade

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Under a P42.7-billion proposal, Aboitiz would build new passenger terminals, install equipment, and enhance airside facilities

UPGRADE. If approved by the National Economic Development Authority Board, the Laguindingan Airport may have an upgrade as proposed by the Aboitiz InfraCapital. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Pakistan airspace fully reopened, says aviation authority

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'All airports across Pakistan are operational and airspace reopened,' says a spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority

REOPENED. Pakistani passengers gather outside the Jinnah International Airport as they wait for flight operations to resume in Karachi on March 1, 2019. File photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Indian victims of plane crash found in Bataan

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Fliteline Aviation School pilot Captain Navern Nagaraja and his student Kuldeep Singh were onboard a Cessna plane for training when they went missing on February 4

CAAP opens CATS Batch 14 applications for 2019

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is recruiting for this year's Comprehensive Air Traffic Service Course

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines