PHILIPPINES AIRLINE EYES MARIANA ISLANDS ROUTE

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By Liberty Dones

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, July 27) – Philippine-based South Phoenix Airways is said to be eyeing the Northern Marianas as potential market, planning to fly not only to Saipan but also Rota, and maybe Tinian.

The matter was in the meeting agenda of the Commonwealth Ports Authority board Friday.

CPA acting executive director Stanley Torres Jr. said yesterday that the airline had inquired about the prospects of flying to the three islands.

"Based on the inquiry, they're looking at Manila-Saipan-Rota. They want to look at three islands," said Torres.

He said the inquiry was made during the time of former executive director Clyde Norita. "We're following up on it," Torres said.

Online data showed that South Phoenix Airways was originally formed in Singapore. Ayala Corp. in the Philippines bought it on July 9, 1987 or three months after it was founded.

The airline reportedly flies charter flights to different areas in the country.

Ayala Corp., founded in 1834, is a holding company for the diversified interests of the Ayala Group. It is considered the oldest and largest conglomerate operating in the Philippines.

The company is into diverse business interests including investments in real estate, banking, telecommunications, electronics, information technology, water infrastructure and management and business process outsourcing.

This year, Ayala was named by Asiamoney as the country’s best managed large-capitalization company.

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