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www.mb.com.ph 15sep2006

Exec lauds grant of permit to Singapore’s low-fare airline

By FRED ROXAS

CLARK ZONE, Pampanga — An executive of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIACor) lauded the other day the grant by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of a fiveyear license to operate in Clark to the Singapore-based Tiger Airways, Asia’s biggest budget airline.

Newly appointed CIACor President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose I. Luciano said the grant of the five-year license to Tiger Airways is expected to boost the operations of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) because of its continued regular flights in Clark.

Luciano said the five-year license granted to the biggest budget airlines in Asia is an offshoot of President Arroyo’s Executive Order 500-A which lifts the restrictions on airlines flying to DMIA.

This is expected to increase arrival and departure frequencies and spur growth in the immediate community.

EO 500-A delineates territorial and jurisdictional coverage and the type of services available to foreign carriers that have signed air services agreements with the Philippines which grants all of civil-aviation entitlements and other forms of air traffic access, both passenger and cargo or a combination, toward the development and enhancement of small airports as new international gateways of the country.

Luciano said CAB granted Tiger a five-year foreign air carriers permits (FACP).

CAB said they gave the airline company until December to "cure" any deficiency in it finances. It added that Tiger Airways should infuse additional capital when the need arises.

Luciano said before the issuance of the five-year permit, Tiger Airways operated with a provisional authority, which is renewable every three or six months.

At present, the Singapore-based budget airline files the Macau-to-Clark (Manila) route and Singapore-Clark route. It also flies to Australia (Darwin) via Singapore.

Tony Davis, Tiger Airways chief executive officer, said since its initial operations in Clark in April 2004, the capacity of the SingaporeManila (Clark) route has increased nearly fivefold.

Tiger Airways started with three flights a week to Manila (Clark) in April 2004 and increased this to five a week in June 2004. Last April, the flights were increased to 14 a week.