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CIAC, Qatar Airways team up to aggressively market Clark airport

Qatar Airways is expanding its market by developing leisure, business and corporate traffic to Europe, the USA and the Gulf countries by tapping into its network in the Philippines, South Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, announced Country Manager Paolo Pausini. At present, the airline is working on an 18-month marketing plan for collaboration with the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) to target upscale travelers going to destinations in Europe, the USA and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Qatar Airways is a major international carrier at the Clark International Airport (CRK), with regular flights for its Clark-Doha route, servicing mostly overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Central and Northern Luzon. The other day, officials of CIAC, led by its President and CEO, Alexander Cauguiran, met with Pausini on their joint effort. “Marketing for …

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Passengers use tech vs travel hassles – survey

Travelers now rely on technology to avoid hassles and improve their experience, based on 6,920 responses from passengers in more than 145 countries gathered under the 2016 Global Passenger Survey (GPS) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The survey revealed that people want to arrive at the airport ready to fly and prefer to pass through security and border control once without having to remove personal items. They favor uniquely-tailored travel options – and are prepared to offer their personal data to access them. Furthermore, they want to have the same connectivity in the air as on the ground. The survey showed passengers want to be able to do more of the traditional airport processes “off airport” by taking advantage of the latest digital self-service options. In 2016, the percentage of passengers …

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No room for a third telco player

Even if President Rodrigo Duterte opens the telecom sector to foreign competitors, a third player will not have enough spectrum to operate and thrive, according to Engr. Pierre Tito Galla, Co-founder and co-convenor, Democracy.Net.PH. “Because of a historical incoherence in spectrum allocation policy by the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC), after the controversial sale of San Miguel Corporation (SMC)’s Vega Telecom spectrum assets to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.(PLDT) and Globe Telecom, the duopoly owns nearly 80 percent of the total available spectrum, inclusive of guard bands according to the National Radio Frequency Allocation Table (NRFAT),” he pointed out. “The remaining 20 percent of spectrum, which the NTC has recently trumpeted that it will auction off, are not all allocatable spectrum, some of it will not be usable because it has guard bands,” …

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Globe ups capex by $300 million

Globe Telecom, Inc.’s Board of Directors yesterday approved additional $300 million for its 2016 capital expenditure, boosting its total capex availment from $750 million to $1 billion to expand its mobile coverage. The bulk or $160 million of the additional capex, earmarked for network expansion, will be allocated for mobile; $50 million for corporate data and $90 million for broadband. The telco’s capex cashflow will range from $750 to $810 million depending on the final network build completion in the fourth quarter of this year. The mobile expansion involves deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services using 700 megahertz (MHz) and 2600 MHz frequencies, increased 3G capacities and further expansion of mobile coverage. Overall, Globe plans to roll-out additional 700 LTE 700 sites, close to 2,700 LTE 2600 sites and additional core and transport …

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Air passengers to double in 20 years – IATA

Air travelers will nearly double from 3.8 billion this year to 7.2 billion in 2035, most of whom will be in Asia Pacific, although increasing trade protectionism might still damage growth prospects, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s latest update on its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast. The association based its prediction on a 3.7 percent annual Compound Average Growth Rate (CAGR). "People want to fly. Demand for air travel over the next two decades is set to double. Enabling people and nations to trade, explore, and share the benefits of innovation and economic prosperity makes our world a better place," reiterated Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. The forecast for passenger growth confirms that the biggest driver of demand will be the Asia-Pacific region. It is expected to be …

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i-ACT deploys lady enforcers to man traffic

Some 22 lady enforcers will now manage areas with high pedestrian traffic in Metro Manila. The Inter-agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT), the single authority in traffic management along national roads in the metropolis, deployed the women constables from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to boost its manpower. The MMDA shall also deploy three lady motorcycle riders to complement the traffic enforcers. To date, 1,509 traffic enforcers are assigned to the i-ACT, mostly from the MMDA. The i-ACT is currently in discussion with Local Government Units, mall operators, and volunteer groups to help in managing traffic in Metro Manila. In addition, the i-ACT plans to recruit from the provinces to meet its required number of traffic enforcers. Meanwhile, this week, the i-Act and the Metro Manila Council (MMC) have agreed to extend coding hours …

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PAL enforces total ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has totally banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones after the handset was classified as forbidden hazardous material that can ignite and cause fire even when it is not turned on. Hence, this phone model can no longer be carried in airport premises, on board the aircraft and as cargo shipment. Already,  the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)  has issued a ban on the gadget  to all Philippine carriers via Memorandum Circular No. 34-16. Now, any passenger caught in possession of the prohibited handset prior to boarding  will not be allowed on the aircraft until the device is removed from his person, carry-on or checked baggage. Earlier, the US Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) jointly issued an …

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NPC ensures more secure personal data

Government-held personal data on Filipino citizens and foreign visitors, including those in state-run schools and colleges, will become more secure after the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued its first memorandum circular (Number 16-001) recently. The state is the biggest repository and collector of private information. With more services available online and higher incidences of cybercrimes, such as identity theft and hacking, requiring government institutions to toe the line can reduce data breaches like the one which compromised over 50 million Commission on Elections (COMELEC) voter records this April. The “Security of Personal Data in Government” memo designates a Data Protection Officer and calls for a Privacy Impact Assessment on processes using personal data. It will likewise create privacy policies, train employees and contractors to implement them and register data processing systems to cover …

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MRT3 nearing maximum capacity

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) system is now nearing its maximum capacity of 20 trains simultaneously running after its maintenance provider restored 20 cars in the last nine months. In a statement, maintenance provider Busan Universal Rail, Inc. said the restoration of these cars added to the number of operating cars that allowed the MRT system to run as many as 18 trains on peak hours, close to the system’s maximum capacity of 20 trains. Additional trains are also in reserve. Each train consists of three cars. “Based on our latest projection, we intend to put into maximum operations within the month, 65 to 66 cars or 22 trains which could assure 20 operational trains on peak hours,” according to Charles Perfecto Mercado, spokesman and legal counsel of the maintenance provider. Busan …

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Air passenger growth slowed in August

While lower airfares sustained people’s appetite for air travel, lingering effects of other factors, such as terrorist attacks, still affected global passenger demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), which climbed 4.6 percent in August versus the same period last year, slowing down from the 6.4 percent increase recorded in July. At the same time, capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.8 percent, and load factor slipped 0.9 percentage points to 83.8 percent, according to the latest statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “While that’s disappointing compared to the previous month’s performance, it is still healthy growth. And although terrorist attacks in Europe have dampened demand, the impact is ebbing,” according to IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. August international passenger demand rose 4.7 percent …

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