Low cost carrier Philippines Air Asia eyes flights to Guam and Saipan after it seeks permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to the United States. The budget carrier has filed a petition from a designation and entitlement allocations before the board while requesting to revoke the designation of Air Philippines (PAL Express) as Philippine carrier to the United States.
According to CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, the entitlements to the United States under the Philippines-United States of America Air Transport Agreement is unlimited but the designation as official carrier to the United States is limited.
The board cited that the allowable number of airlines designated to be official carriers to the United States is only three. Currently, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Philippines carriers such designations. Cebu Pacific flies to Guam in which they will terminate in December citing low demand traffic.
Air Philippines currently has no flights to the United States whereas Philippines AirAsia is ready to fly to Guam and wants the entitlement given to them. Air Philippines used to fly to Saipan which they ended two years ago. Cebu Pacific is ending Guam flights on December 7. They have no immediate plans of relaunching flights to the United States.
Last 2017, Malaysia-based AirAsia X launched flights from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan. The airline recently received its very first Airbus A330-900NEO which is capable of flying non-stop from Manila to the United States west coast. AirAsia X is due to receive 99 more A330NEOs.