PAL To Seek Codeshare Deal With Ethiopian Airlines
Two major commercial carriers, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air, said they are exploring options to best take advantage of the new Air agreement with Ethiopia signed last week.
The negotiations in Pasay City yielded seven direct Flights a week to Ethiopia and unlimited Flights between the African Aviation hub and other Airports in the Philippines save for Manila.
Both carriers said they intend to explore the MARKET for Ethiopia as a destination in itself or as a hub for onward travel, with PAL intending to pursue a codeshare deal with Ethiopian Airlines.
Cebu Pacific,for its part, said it will start by asking the Civil Aeronautics Board’s (CAB) to designate it as an official Philippine carrier on the Ethiopia service.
The recent signing of the Philippine Ethiopia Air treaty will pave the way for direct air services. We will explore what options we can take to develop the MARKET, initially through cooperative arrangements, such as code sharing with Ethiopian Airlines,PAL responded through e mail on Friday.
Cebu Pacific’s Vice President for Corporate Affairs Juan Lorenzo T. Tañada said via text on Friday While Cebu Pacific does not have concrete plans to operate flights to Ethiopia at this time, we will seek designation as an official Philippine carrier to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is the Aviation hub for Northeast Africa, serving as a transit point for passengers from other African countries and the Middle East, while its state owned Airline is the largest in Africa.
The Philippines has so far concluded this year successful Air talks with South Africa, Macau, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore and France.
The government plans to triple tourist arrivals to 10 million by 2016 from about three million in 2010.
Civil Aeronautics Board(CAB),
Ethiopian Airlines India,
Ethiopian Airlines Flight,
Ethiopian Airlines Ticket,
Ethiopian Airlines Tracking,
Ethiopian Airlines Schedule,
Ethiopian Airlines Delhi Office,
Ethiopian Airlines Contact Number,
Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor
Philipines Aviation News Editor