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DOTr probes Cebu Pacific flight cancellations


The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is investigating the causes of the flight cancellations by budget carrier Cebu Pacific.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the probe would determine if the cancellations were caused by internal operating conditions of Cebu Pacific or the structure and conditions of airports that serve their flights.

He has already directed the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Manila International Airport Authority to look into the matter.

“What caused the delay? Is it the airline or the airport? Once we do that, we have to address this all predicated on assuring safety, punctuality and convenience of the riding public. We need to look into various factors such as plane turnaround time, number of operating planes, the procedures being implemented on our taxiways and runways, etc,” Tugade said on TV.

“While we would like to understand the present predicament of Cebu Pacific in relation to their internal requirements, they should equally understand our mandate of making sure that the traveling public is safe, secure and convenient,” he added.

The DOTr expects to complete its investigation within 10 to 14 days.

Cebu Pacific has cancelled a total of 116 domestic flights scheduled for May 1 to 10 to ensure the safety of its passengers.

“For the month of May, Cebu Pacific will be reducing approximately 10 flights a day out of daily operations of 400 flights. Cebu Pacific is currently reviewing adjustments required for June and beyond,” the airline said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

“To create space in its schedule for operational recovery, minimize rolling delays and give passengers the chance to make alternate travel plans, Cebu Pacific has to temporarily reduce the number of its flights given the current operating conditions, particularly in its Manila hub,” Cebu Pacific said. (PNA)

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