SkyJet to add a BAe 146-200

Philipino airline SkyJet is planning to acquire a BAe 146-200 from StarPerú. The aircraft, which is scheduled to arrive by the end of October, will complement the airline’s two series 100s, RP-C5255 (msn E1104) and RP-C8538 (msn E1015), and allow it to increase capacity and frequencies on its routes. The airline would also like to add more routes, but increasing congestion at Manila International Airport is threatening its ability to do so. “Before, our aircraft could do five turnarounds, now we can do only three,” SkyJet COO Joaquin Po explained to the local newspaper, BusinessMirror. The problem is particularly acute for SkyJet as many of the destinations it serves only operate during daylight hours. The Philippino Department of Transport has been urging SkyJet to move its operations from Manila International to the new Clark International Airport, but Po indicated that it would only be willing to do so if other airlines moved as well. Otherwise, the greater travel time required to reach the more distant Clark would undercut the benefit SkyJet provides of serving airports closer to tourist destinations.

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