SkyJet Airlines eyes massive expansion, adds ATR to fleet

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Philippines' only boutique airline, SkyJet Airlines, plans to embark on a massive expansion plan as it eyes to introduce more flights to vital domestic points in the country with the introduction of newly acquired ATR 72-500 fleet.
MORE AIRCRAFT, MORE ROUTES. SkyJet Airlines, the Philippines' only boutique airline, has acquired more aircraft in a bid to expand its foothold in the Philippine aviation market. Photo from SkyJet Airlines.
A credible source from the airline revealed information on the recent arrival of the first ATR 72-500 aircraft for SkyJet, now registered as RP-C7868 which arrived on Saturday at the Delta Hangar of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Contrary to the publicly available data from, RP-C7868 was acquired for SkyJet and not for the new airline Sunlight Express Airways.

SkyJet plans to acquire three ATR aircraft as of the moment. These new aircraft will be used to launch new domestic routes from primary exotic destinations in the Philippines. A proposal to launch new flights to Davao, Busuanga (Coron) and Tagbilaran is also in the pipeline.

Currently, the airline has three air-worthy British Aerospace 146-100, 146-200, and 146-200A aircraft on its fleet with one more being stored. Per, SkyJet's average fleet age is at 31.9 years old.

There are no immediate plans to retire the quad jet because it has proved to be significantly profitable for flights, especially to Basco given its wider cargo compartments compared to the ATR series. However, the future for the BAe's is still uncertain but will still operate to Siargao and Basco as its focus routes.

It was previously reported that SkyJet Airlines would resume flights between Manila and Siargao starting March 29, 2020, in time for the upcoming summer peak season. Aside from Siargao, the boutique airline also offers flights to Basco, Coron, Camiguin, and San Vicente.

Being a congressional franchise holder, the launch of international routes will be a huge possibility in the next few years to come. Last year, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Republic Act 11410 which gives SkyJet the consent to establish domestic and international flights subject to the approval of the Civil Aviaton Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

The expansion plans of SkyJet will surely secure a foothold for the airline in the Philippine aviation industry. Within the next few years, more aircraft will be acquired by the airline to support its gradual growth to ramp up its services to its unique destinations.