21 July 2016

PAL supports plan to move private aircraft out of NAIA to Sangley, Clark or Subic

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines over the weekend expressed support on the plans of the government to remove private jets parked at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"We declare our full support to the new government's decision to move the operation of general aviation of general aviation out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to either Sangley, Clark, or Subic," Chairman and CEO Lucio Tan said in a statement.

Sought for clarification, PAL said that general aviation refers to privately owned aircraft, charter services, and all other related operations.

"This declaration of support includes moving out of NAIA my small fleet of private jets as gesture of compliance to the Department of Transportation initiative," Tan said.

The transportation department earlier announced plans to move out all private operations in NAIA, leaving the airport to purely commercial operations in efforts to decongest it.

"The move of the Department of Transporation will significantly decongest the NAIA which currently shared by general aviation operators and scheduled airlines," Tan said.

"Any measure to reduce air traffic congestion at NAIA will not only improve airlines' flight schedule reliability but also enhance passenger convenience," he added.

The PAL in April announced it has inked a purchase agreement with Airbus for the firm order of six A350 XWBs, plus six options.

The airline currently has more than 70 planes with flight services to 30 domestic, and over 40 international destinations. (ALG, GMA News)

The Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA)