By: AirTravellerPH Staff
United Airlines (United) is seeking to block the proposed code-share agreement between Philippines Airlines (PAL) and Air Philippines (PAL Express) covering flights between Manila and Guam, United States (US), as it seeks to obtain more slots at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). In a report from Ch-Aviation, United has reiterated that the application seeks benefits that are currently being denied to them.
It said that in a filing to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), United said, "while it is not opposed in principle to Air Philippines' requested authority, it objects to the application to the extent it seeks benefits that are currently being denied to United and its customer base."
United has been looking to add additional frequencies between Guam to Manila but has claimed that it "has been refused slots and other airport infrastructure necessary for its additional flight plans".
On the other hand, PAL has been increasing capacity between Manila and the United States. In the previous year. PAL launched non-stop services between Manila and New York, the world's 8th longest non-stop commercial flight. It also added more frequencies to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
PAL Express currently does not currently fly from Manila to Guam as of the moment but plans to launch it in March 2020. It has recently applied for a permit from the DOT to do a code sharing agreement with parent company Philippine Airlines.
Slots are currently very limited at the NAIA due to the congestion and that the airport is operating beyond its allowable capacity.
United requested the DOT to defer their decision until the airlines's access to Manila is expanded.