Cebu Pacific seeks approval to fly to Israel

MANILA – Cebu Pacific has filed an application with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for designation as official Philippine carrier and allocation of entitlements to Tel Aviv, Israel, a CAB official said.

CAB hearing officer Maria Elben Moro said the low-cost carrier is seeking an allocation of 7 frequencies entitlements to Tel Aviv under Route 1 of the air service agreement (ASA) and confidential memorandum of understanding.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), which earlier filed an application for reaffirmation of designation and allocation of entitlements to Tel Aviv, Israel, is seeking 14 frequencies entitlements.

The Philippines and Israel signed in November 2013 a new ASA updating an old agreement signed 60 years allowing airlines from the country to fly indirectly to Europe via Tel Aviv.

“Under the new agreement, the designated airlines of each country are entitled to a total of 21 flights per week between any points in the Philippines and Israel,” CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said.

Under the agreement, there will also be 3 fifth freedom flights per week on one intermediate point in Mumbai and one beyond point in Madrid.

“This means that a Philippine carrier can fly to India, unload and pick up passengers and proceed to Israel, or unload and pick up in Israel and proceed to Madrid,” explained Arcilla.

Arcilla added that both countries also agreed on co-terminal and stopover rights to any third country for the 21 flights.