cheapflier wrote:Looks like SAN Is trying to attract Philippine Airlines. Airport CEO Kim Becker is going to the airline's HQ in Manila later this month for a three-day trip. PAL put San Diego on its short list a few years ago. Perhaps they'll be able to seal the deal with a face-to-face.
The on-and-off attempts by PR and SDIA to get some sort of deal going (and make PAL a full-time tenant here at SAN) have been well-documented and written about for years on many A.net threads (especially this SAN-thread.)
I know that for me, the fact that the carrier did, back in 2008, actually apply to the DOT for authorization to serve SAN as a tag-on to YVR, makes the whole PR question very real. PAL obviously DID want to serve SAN at that time, and were apparently prepared to do so, so does that interest still exist? I would say, yes, at least on some level!
And I certainly understand that things can change a lot in 10 years -- since the route application was submitted -- but I just don't think the situation is all that much different now. And I also realize that a trip by airport officials to an airline's HQ, whether in the US or on foreign soil, is not all that unusual. Never-the-less.... something about this news excites me!
If Kim Baker (and undoubtedly Hampton will be with her) is indeed heading to the Philippines to meet with PAL, then discussions must still be alive and worth such a trip. Hampton has continued to hint/kid about PAL and SAN occasionally so I really don't think the idea has ever really died.
Fingers crossed that we may hear some good news regarding PAL in the not-to-distant future! We've got plenty of room at SAN's FIS facilities for another beautiful foreign flag carrier's wide body! Good luck to CEO Baker and her group in the Philippines!
Hey SANMAN', you need to weigh in here. What do you think of this news? And what about Devilfish, the PR expert... are you out there? Any comments?