By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Lately, a news item came out about the Philippine-based boutique airline Skyjet acquiring the ATR 72-500 turboprop in order to expand, add more routes, and to operate more efficient aircraft. Skyjet presently is the only operator of the BAe-146 Short Take-Off and Landing jet aircraft and the first boutique aircraft in the country. Royal Air which used to operate the BAe quad-jet aircraft now utilizes the Airbus A320 family.
Last August 22, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law granting Magnum Air, operator of Skyjet, to operate international and domestic flights from the Philippines for the next 25 years. With Republic Act 11410, Skyjet may continue to operate commercial, cargo, and mail flights. With this, Skyjet may now pursue their goals of fleet expansion and of course, network expansion too.
The Philippine commercial aviation industry is a very competitive one. Philippine Airlines, though being the only full service airline in the Philippines, would be very hard to compete with due to the airline's network, established brand, and product. For the low cost or budget airline category, a number of airlines do service this market namely Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, Philippines Air Asia, Pan Pacific, and Royal Air.