Tiger buts back on Manila Clark

Tiger Airways is to reduce its flight frequency from Singapore to Clark Airport from fourteen flights to nine flights weekly starting this Sunday.The airline said that it has been forced to make this cut back due to the continued uncertainty regarding the regulatory situation at Clark - Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA). Foreign airlines flying into Clark - DMIA are facing possible restrictions resulting from the issue of EO (Executive Order) 500-A in August 2006 which practically rescinded the “open skies” policy set out under the original EO 500 issued in January 2006.

“It is with deep regret that we will not be able to commit any more destinations or additional flights to Clark until the current regulatory uncertainty is resolved. We urge the Philippine government to move quickly on this issue so that we can work together with the Clark - DMIA authorities to bring more passengers into the Clark Special Economic Zone and help fast track its growth” said Tiger Airways CEO Tony Davis.

Currently the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (JFC) is urging the Philippine government to issue an EO to define more clearly the rules on air traffic rights in Clark and the Subic International Airports, northwest of Manila. There is a draft EO (EO 500-B) which would allow easier entry of airlines, especially low cost carriers, into Clark and Subic International Airports.