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While American Airlines and Delta are fighting over the United States, Europe, and Latin/South American market, United Airlines is currently fighting Philippine Airlines over the Asian market.
United Airlines is upset about Philippine Airlines’ United States expansion as United Airlines has not been allowed to expand in the Philippines. United Airlines has been intending to increase its one-daily Guam to Manila flight to two-daily, however, United’s request has been “repeatedly denied by local authorities”.
United Airlines argues Philippine Airlines should not be allowed to expand its United States flights until United Airlines is able to expand its Philippines flights. As a result, United has requested the United States Department of Transportation to delay Philippine Airlines’ upcoming Manila to Seattle flight. Since the Philippines and the United States currently do not have an open-skies agreement, the Department of Transportation must approve Philippine Airlines’ new flights to the United States before the airline can actually launch them.
(The Philippine Airlines A350-900 set to be used on the Manila to Seattle flight.)
Philippine Airlines’ United States capacity has grown by 29% year-over-year in 2019 and will continue to grow with their upcoming Manila to Seattle and Cebu to Los Angeles flights which are set to begin this May.
While United claims its request to increase flights from Guam to Manila was denied by the Philippine government and the Manila Airport, Philippine Airlines argues Manila Airport’s slots are handled by an Australian firm and not the government.
Currently, there is no estimated time as to when the Department of Transportation will respond to the argument between the two airlines, but Seattle Airport officials believe Philippine Airlines’ Manila to Seattle flight will likely be delayed.
(United uses a 737-800 for its daily Guam to Manila flight.)
While Philippine Airlines currently competes with United’s Manila to Guam flight, United Airlines currently does not fly from the Philippines to the mainland United States.
PAL A350: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aircrafts/40840168680/
United 737-800: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ixetsuei/41097364505
What are your thoughts on this? Should United Airlines be awarded the Manila slot it’s been wanting? Do you believe United Airlines has the right to get the U.S. Department of Transportation to delay Philippine Airlines’ Manila to Seattle flight?