Monday, May 11, 2009


The best way to travel is to fly. That is the most common thing when asked to frequent travelers. Using airlines in travel is very relaxing and comfortable to a traveler. Here in the Philippines, I would say there are only two competing airlines. That is Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific. I will just give a brief description about the two airlines.

Philippine Air Lines is the national flag carrier of the Philippines. It's history is well documented as the first Airline in Asia to travel to the USA. It has huge airplanes comparable to the other air line companies abroad. Philippine Airlines serves nineteen destinations in the Philippines and twenty-four destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia, Canada and the United States. Formerly one of the largest Asian airlines, PAL was severely affected by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. In what was believed to be one of the Philippines' biggest corporate failures, PAL was forced to downsize its international operations by completely cutting operations to Europe and eventually Southwest Asia, cutting virtually all domestic services excluding routes operated from Manila, reducing the size of its fleet and terminating the jobs of thousands of employees. The airline was placed under receivership in 1998, gradually restoring operations to many of the destinations it formerly serviced. PAL exited receivership in 2007 with ambitious plans to further restore services to its previously-serviced destinations, as well as diversify its fleet. It is the longest and running airline company in Asia, now 60 years in the business.

Cebu Pacific Airlines is just a new entry to the airline industry that was dominated by PAL. It is a low-cost airline based in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It offers scheduled flights to both domestic and international destinations. Cebu Pacific Air is currently the country's leading domestic carrier, serving the most domestic destinations with the largest number flights and routes, and equipped with the youngest fleet. Its main base is Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, with another hub at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Francisco Bangoy International Airport and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.The airline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings, controlled by the Gokongwei family - one of the richest Filipino-Chinese families based in the Philippines. Cebu Pacific is currently headed by Lance Gokongwei, presumptive heir of John Gokongwei, the chairman emeritus of JG Summit. The company has 1,182 employees (as of March 2007).

This is the two airlines in the Philippines that travelers would prefer to fly with. Both airline companies have their own website that anybody can visit and check their rates for domestic and international flights.