CAB fines Cebu Pacific P52 million

by Emmie Abadilla
Manila Bulletin (Original link)

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is imposing a P52-million fine against Cebu Pacific Air over its “appalling numbers of delayed flights’ and ‘high absenteeism’ during the Christmas holidays which affected over 10,000 passengers.

The government panel, composed of the CAB, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) investigated the airline in the wake of complaints and decided on the penalty based on the number of its affected customers.

CAB logo According to data submitted by the airline to the panel last December 29, Cebu Pacific cancelled a total of 20 flights and had 288 delayed flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 from December 24 to 26, 2014.

CEB claimed that it was air traffic congestion that caused the mess, after a handful of international airlines moved their operations to the terminal.

CEB also blamed bad weather for the cancellation of several flights on December 25, which went on the following day, worsened by the high number of absent check-in personnel.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) was not convinced, however, saying the reasons given by the airline “do not appear to be supported by the facts”.

On December 24 alone, 6 CEB flights arrived late at NAIA, cited DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya. “There was no congestion yet at that time. These incidents of tardiness caused a domino effect of delays throughout the rest of the day.”

“Worse, in the morning of December 26, only two check-in counters for domestic flights were open. It was not until 11:00 a.m. that more counters were opened, after CAB and MIAA intervened,” he pointed out.

The government panel gathered their own data, such as the number of dislocated passengers, routes affected and total capacity versus seats sold and flown to determine overbooking.

Still, the airline can file a motion for reconsideration of the government panel’s decision.

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