Strong rebound in passenger traffic from Korea boosts the Philippines’ MRO Dornier Technology

©Staff of MRO Dornier Technology Philippines in front of an aircraft from Jeju Air

The Philippines’ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm Dornier Technology has benefited from the sudden recovery in in-bound passenger traffic from Korea. Dornier Technology has won contracts for line maintenance from three Korean low-cost carriers that have resumed services to the Philippines, namely: Air Busan, Air Seoul and Jeju Air.

Air Busan is operating from Seoul Incheon to Kalibo, the gateway to the Philippines’ famous resort island of Boracay, using Airbus A320s and A321s. Air Seoul is also serving the route, using A321 aircraft, while Jeju Air is operating from Seouln Incheon to Bohol’s Panglao International Airport using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Dornier Technology Chief Operating Officer, Joseph Espiritu, said: “The Philippine market is very strong for Korean carriers, because it is a popular leisure destination in close proximity to peninsula Korea. There are also many Koreans living in the Philippines, so the airlines benefit from having a mix of leisure and visit friends and relatives (VFR) traffic. VFR traffic was the first segment to recover from the pandemic.

Dornier Technology has nearly 200 employees and plans to increase its workforce to 250 by year-end to meet the growth of its line and base maintenance business. The company does airframe heavy maintenance, otherwise known as base maintenance, at Clark International Airport outside Manila. The company has nine line maintenance stations: Bohol, Caticlan, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila and Puerto Princesa.

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