It was my understanding that because the country (New President) stiffed the German firm that put up the cash and brought in the equipment to build this massive new, however never seen one plane or passenger International Terminal of tomorrow, the world court lifted PAL and any other Philippine airlines right to fly Europe until the bill gets paid. The old president, who admitted he spent most of the time in office waisted and/or having a party, was supposed to have been in a back door deal with the owners of the new super port, and when his Excellency was tossed in the clink... all his deals were null and void by the tiny terror that took his place. Now the papers in Manila are reporting the strong possibility that a bond will be floated to pay off (settle) this debt, and get the new airport cleaned and oiled up for service before the rats and falling bricks take over MIA
for good. It's a beautiful airport, and leaving Manila is a costly experience! last time I left it cost 550 pesos just to walk to your gate. No doubt an airport in Manila is a BIG $$$$ maker for all parties, gate fees, landing rights, shops, restaurants, etc.