PAL boss Jimmy Bautista at the frontline of NAIA chaos
Philippine Airlines president Jaime “Jimmy” Bautista just proved that he is someone you can count on when a situation goes awry and crisis strikes.
He buckled down and took advantage of a great opportunity to exert positive influence – in this case, by being present at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 2 and lending a helping hand to PAL passengers.
Bautista was spotted with thousands of passengers who were stranded for hours at the airport as flights were cancelled after NAIA was forced to shut its runway which was blocked by a Chinese plane which ripped off its left engine during a hard landing.
His efforts were not left unnoticed.
“Philippine Airlines operation was thrown in chaos over the few days since #XiamenAir 737 incident. Where’s @flyPAL airline CEO? He’s on the front line – helping passengers and staff.
Mr Bautista 👏🏽
(Note: no official camera crew, no pretend Hi-Vis jacket, BA style), said aviation analyst Alex Macheras on Twitter.
Macheras provides aviation analysis to international networks BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, among others.
According to PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna, the Lucio Tan-owned airline had a total of 68 cancelled flights during the closure of the runway, affecting 18,810 passengers.
Philippine Airlines operation was thrown into chaos over the few days, since #XiamenAir 737 incident
Where’s @flyPAL airline CEO? He’s on the ‘front line’ — helping passengers, and staff.
Mr Bautista 👏🏽
(Note: no official camera crew, no pretend Hi-Vis jacket, BA style) pic.twitter.com/prQudm7MmX
— Alex Macheras (@AlexInAir) August 18, 2018