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Anyone Else Planning To Abandon MNL?  
User currently offlineDiesel33 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 319 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

What a sad summer for MNL. First Air France decides to drop the non-stop out of CDG. (but fortunately goes daily through BKK) Then, Egypt Air decides to abandon MNL and now Swiss Int'l!!!

What's going on?

Is anyone else planning to leave Asia's smile? Or maybe some new one's are coming?

When the new terminal *finally* opens....it will be great to see some airlines come back....


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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

As for CO we will stay with our flight to GUM/SPN and ROR..MNL Is just too close to HKG several EWR bound pax transit via CX MNL-HKG xfer to CO HKG-EWR..There is not much leisure or Business travel to MNL these days...Compared to other Asian destinations..GUM/SPN receive many more tourists than MNL..also US Citizens are only allowed in the PHILIPPINES for 28 Days without a visa compared to 90 days in Japan and Other countries ..

User currently offlineDiesel33 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

Why would anyone be in the Philippines for more than 28 days? If you feel that you do, visa extensions are easily avail or of course you can *gift* your immigration officer on arrival.



User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

An article in the last Airliner World magazin said that Philippine Airline is bracing for huge expansion in terms of fleet and route network. Hopefully that will include re-instating links between Manila and both Cairo and Zurich.

Anyone know about exact details of their growth plans?

EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineDiesel33 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

I hear that they are looking more into the chinese and european markets.

But with PR, who knows?


User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Hmm sounds like new news to me (except for Swiss leaving MNL) , thanks for sharing Diesel33!  Smile

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User currently offlineKl808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

April should give us more light into what will be happening.

Either a new route to Europe, or new routes to mainland China.

I would hope Europe would be brought back, however, I see China as a big money maker for PR.

There are NO direct flights to Beijing by the way from MNL.


User currently offlineJeffrysky From Singapore, joined Feb 2004, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

diesel83 : even if a lot of majors leave, you can rest assured that foreign airlines such as SQ and CX will up their presence in the Philippines. hopefully, PR can use this to their advantage to establish a strong base in the absence of fierce competition, akin to MH in KUL.

in Singapore, the Filipino foreign worker , for his/her fluency in English , is a very important figure, be it as domestic help or in the under-staffed medical industry. so good connectivity between SIN and MNL is paramount !!

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