Philippine charter carrier South
Phoenix Airways is launching its first international service later this week
using an Antonov An-28 and is planning to launch more domestic and
From 16 April it will start
operating a twice-weekly charter service linking the southwest Philippine city
of Puerto Princesa with the East Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, South Phoenix
vice president sales and marketing Glenn Lamela says from Manila.
It will begin with the An-28 but on 20
April will switch to using a GAF Nomad. Both are 19-seat turboprop
aircraft leased from Malaysian charter carrier Layang Layang Aerospace.
South Phoenix, which started
operating domestic charter flights in 2002, has one Cessna 421B and one NAMC
It hopes to eventually use its 21-seat
YS-11 on the Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu route and launch scheduled services
linking the Philippines with destinations in East Malaysia, Indonesia and
Brunei, says Lamela.
South Phoenix is also eyeing the
Cebu-Boracay and Manila-Boracay domestic routes and plans to move its base from
Manila to the city of Cebu.
Lamela says Cebu is strategically
located in the centre of the Philippines.