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Civil Aeronautics Board (Philippines)

Enhancing and accelerating civil aviation decision making in the Philippines

Carmelo Arcilla, Executive Director, CAB

About the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB)

As part of the Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) oversees all economic aspects of civil aviation in the country. Its responsibilities include regulating carriers, general sales agents, cargo sales agents, and air freight forwarders, as well as their property, property rights, equipment, facilities, and franchises.

The CAB authorizes and issues Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to domestic carriers, Foreign Air Carrier’s Permit (FACP) to foreign carriers, and Letters of Authority to airfreight forwarders, general sales agents and cargo sales agents who are “fit, willing, and able to perform services as required by public convenience and necessity.” The agency also oversees the lease, purchase, and sales of aircraft, along with monitoring consolidations and mergers of domestic air carriers.

The Challenge

In addition to its administrative duties, CAB participates in negotiations relating to complex bilateral, regional, and international air transportation matters. For example, the Air Operating Rights Division analyzes and submits recommendations on applications and petitions for operating authorization for both domestic and international carriers, including the routes, frequencies, capacities, schedules and tariffs. This calls for close monitoring of schedules, traffic and fares data, to support regular route development analysis and identify potential growth markets, establish comprehensive traffic data and statistics.

Until recently the agency collected information manually and relied on data provided by the carriers. However, this was time-consuming and potentially prone to human error in the actual encoding and transfer of data. Conducting the analysis and producing actionable insight was also a slow and tedious process.

Partnering with Cirium has enabled CAB to consolidate its data collection and analysis activities on a single platform using the same intuitive user interface, which minimizes the need for training or help desk support and makes accessing information quick and easy.

The Solution

To streamline its work and improve its decision making, CAB selected Cirium to provide the analytics solutions they needed. The suite of solutions includes Fleets Analyzer, which covers commercial, electric and advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft which will help shape the future of sustainable air services; SRS Analyzer, which offers real-time data for analyzing route dynamics, passenger demand and operational performance; and traffic and fares data for route forecasting and yield analysis. In addition, CAB is now using SRS Analyzer to gain insights on historical traffic between any two airports worldwide, analyze market changes and passenger travel patterns, and improve forecasts using historical trends.

Given the fact that we are searching through such huge volumes of data, I am enormously impressed by the speed of the Cirium platform in responding to queries and producing results. It makes all the difference in day-to-day work and lays a solid foundation for the future.

“Cirium provides a fast, stable, and responsive platform with a comprehensive database and analysis parameters,” said Carmelo L. Arcilla, Executive Director of the CAB. “Partnering with Cirium has enabled CAB to consolidate its data collection and analysis activities on a single platform using the same intuitive user interface, which minimizes the need for training or help desk support and makes accessing information quick and easy.”

“Fleets Analyzer is a huge advantage for us when it comes to checking or validating the aircraft operated by each airline. An additional benefit for the agency is that Fleets Analyzer documents aircraft incidents, so we can retrieve information if or when hearings are conducted,” said Arcilla.

SRS Analyzer contains a tremendous volume of flight schedule data, from as far back as 2003 to date, which simplifies the task of reviewing the operational history of individual airlines. Similarly, FM traffic, which archives passenger data from years ago up to the present date, allows CAB to conduct in-depth analysis of air passenger movements.

“Given the fact that we are searching through such huge volumes of data, I am enormously impressed by the speed of the Cirium platform in responding to queries and producing results. It makes all the difference in day-to-day work and lays a solid foundation for the future,” said Arcilla.

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