Philippine carriers seek rights for Kuala Lumpur, Dammam routes

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Philippines Airlines (PAL) has filed an application with the country's civil aeronautics board to be reallocated seat entitlements to Malaysia.

In its application, the carrier is requesting for 900 seats per week to be reallocated on the Manila-Kuala Lumpur route.

The airline plans to initially operate a four times weekly Manila-Kuala Lumpur service, using Airbus A319 aircraft, from 31 March. It will subsequently increase the frequency to daily from 1 June, using A320/A321 aircraft.

The request is scheduled for hearing on 11 March.

Innovata schedules show that PAL competes with Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines on the Manila-Kuala Lumpur route.

Separately, Zest Air has also applied to be allocated rights to serve Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

In its application, the airline says it plans to launch a daily Manila-Dammam service.

The carrier did not, however, provide a launch date for the route.

The board is set to conduct its next hearing on this application on 20 March.

Innovata schedules show that Zest Air will compete with Saudi Arabian Airlines on the Manila-Dammam route.