SEAIR and Tiger Airways blocked on adding domestic routes in the Philippines

SEAIR-South East Asian Airlines (Manila) and Tigers Airways (Singapore) have received a setback from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of the Philippines. The CAB has issued a cease and desist order stopping SEAIR and Tiger Airways from adding domestic Manila-Cebu and Manila-Davao flights due to start on May 27. The CAB claimed advertisements for the new flights used the Tiger Airways brand. The CAB has taken the position that domestic routes should be reserved for Philippine-owned carriers.

On December 16, 2010 SEAIR and Tiger Airways entered into an agreement. Under the agreement, Tiger Airways leased two Airbus A319s to SEAIR. SEAIR is operating the two aircraft from Clark in an all-white condition with SEAIR titles. The aircraft are flown by SEAIR’s crews. Seats on the flights are marketed by Tiger for SEAIR.

SEAIR started operating the Airbus A319s on the Clark-Singapore route on December 16, 2010 and is due to start Clark-Macau on May 27, 2011.

However other Philippine airlines including Air Philippines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have protested the arrangement.

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SEAIR’s domestic routes from Manila: