Seair International to resume scheduled passenger services

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Philippine carrier Seair International (Seair-I) will resume scheduled passenger services this month, after focusing on charter operations following Seair's split of its business into two carriers (Seair Inc and Seair-I) in December 2012.

The carrier says it will operate out of Manila's secondary Clark airport, where it will serve Clark-Caticlan and from Caticlan onward to an unspecified destination on the Palawan islands. Its initial plans to resume services out of Manila have been scuttled because of congestion at the airport, resulting in the lack of a daytime slot, says its president Avelino Zapanta in response to questions from Flightglobal.

Seair-I also intends to operate charter services to China and Taiwan once it secures the lease of an Airbus A320 or its equivalent. It is also looking to acquire a Boeing 737-300 freighter, as the -200 has restricted use at some airport in the region, says the carrier.

Zapanta says the carrier took over the Boeing 737-200 freighter and Dornier 328 turboprops which were in Seair's fleet after the 2012 split. It then used the freighter for block charters with UPS on the Cebu-Clark route, while the Dornier 328s operated resort charter services. Seair Inc (now known as Tigerair Philippines) meanwhile took over the Airbus A319s and A320s and used them for its low-cost operations.

In the short to medium term, Seair-I will focus its operations on its domestic and regional networks. Its long term plan is to operate long-haul services using widebody aircraft, says Zapanta.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows Seair-I has a Boeing 737-200 freighter and two Dornier 328 turboprops in service, and two more Dorniers and six Let L410s in storage. Meanwhile, Tigerair Philippines now operates three Airbus A320 aircraft.