Category: News

Cebu Pacific is now largest domestic airline

Cebu Pacific Air, the budget airline unit of the Gokongwei group, has edged out the Philippine Airlines (PAL) as the largest domestic carrier in the country as of August 2006, following the arrival of its new Airbus 319s and 320s under its refleeting program.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

Megaworld Corp. broke ground for the PhP2.5-billion construction of a business complex in Western Visayas, which will include office buildings and a hotel. The Iloilo Business Park will rise on the 54.5-hectare lot in the former site of the old Iloilo airport. The project includes the construction of Richmonde Hotel Iloilo. The 12-storey hotel will have 90 guest rooms.

Domestic air traffic up by 25 percent

The volume of domestic airline passengers rose 25 percent year-on-year in 2009, on the back of strong domestic tourism, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).  Data shows that the number of domestic air passengers rose to 14.7 million from 11.8 million in 2008, as airlines increased the number available seats by a fourth to 18.96 million from 15.13 million.

Tourism target

Six million international visitor arrivals by 2016 is now the goal of the Department of Tourism (DOT) under the leadership of Secretary Albert Lim.  “That is our fighting target,” Secretary Lim said in the recently held Philippine economic briefing.

Baguio attractions

Some 2.5 million foreign and domestic tourists joined the month-long activities of the 17th Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival, according to Ms. Purificacion Molintas, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Tourism.

Two new hotels opened in the city while two others expanded their facilities to serve the increasing number of visitors in the country’s summer capital.

Upcoming Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines 2

Boracay, Cebu to open new hotel rooms. Luxury destinations Boracay, Cebu and Palawan are adding thousands of new hotel rooms this year, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.

Real estate advisory firm CBRE Philippines said the 27 upcoming hotels in Boracay alone would add 2,655 hotel rooms.   It said with the rise of Aqua Boracay, the last single big development project on the resort island, only 168.5 hectares of disposable and alienable land were left for future developments.

Bird park in Subic

JEST Camp in Subic Bay opened the Magaul Bird Park, the first bird park in Luzon.   JEST Camp General Manager Katrina Lacap said Magaul Bird Park aims to be recognized globally.   She...

PAL flying to New York in March 2015

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start flying to New York City on 15th March 2015, according to a report by ABS-CBN. PAL Chairman and CEO Lucio C. Tan said the auspicious start of regular flights...

Clark International Airport

Passenger volume using the Clark International Airport in Pampanga rose 38 percent year-on-year to 160,847 in the first two months of 2012.  Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano said this clearly shows Clark is becoming the airport of choice for international passengers.

Passenger traffic at Clark is expected to rise further with the operation of three more budget airlines.  AirAsia Philippines, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Air Asia Berhad, will launch domestic flights to Davao and Kalibo from its hub at the Clark airport on 28th March. 

Airphil Express will also launch maiden flights to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao and Kalibo also from Clark on 29th March.  South East Asian Airlines (Seair) is set to fly to Kalibo as well as to international destinations such as Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Bangkok in May.

Mr. Luciano said the operation of more flights this year would enable the facility to serve close to a million passengers, up from 730,000 passengers in 2011.

Palaui Island Attracts Tourists

The transformation of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport into a vibrant, self-sustaining and fast-rising economic and tourism hub in the North has brought a steady increase in tourist arrivals over the past several years, from a mere 2,000 in 2006 to over 75,000 in 2012.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director for Region 2 Blessida Diwa cited the marvellous landscape and seascape of the Cagayan Freeport.