By: Air Traveller PH Staff
United Airlines is seeking from the United States' Department of Transportation (DOT) to defer the request of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to add flights between Manila and Seattle in May until it can secure more slots in Manila, the airlines said in a filing last Monday. The Philippines and the US do not have an open skies agreement, hence, the DOT must approve PAL's request to add flights from Manila to Seattle.
In a report from The Points Guy, United's request for more slots and other airport infrastructure in order to add a second flight between Manila and Guam has been denied by Manila airport authorities. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila has been congested for the past years and other airlines have resorted to using bigger aircraft in order to add capacity without having to request for slots. PAL on the other hand is able to add service to the US.
“It is in the public interest to grant [Philippine Airlines’] application for additional authority to expand service only when United is able to expand service as well,” United said.
PAL is looking to start thrice weekly services between Manila and Seattle utilizing Airbus A350 aircraft beginning May.
Philippine Airlines and United compete on the Manila - Guam route. Cebu Pacific ended its Guam services last December.