CAB set to issue rules on flight delays

The Civil Aeronautics Board said it will  issue rules and regulations penalizing chronic flight delays of domestic airline carriers by next month. 

“The guidelines will be issued next month. We are refining it,” CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said. 

“We are going to penalize the habitual or chronic delays, We are looking at the overall performance for a significant period of time,” he added.

The on-time performance or OTP is a standard aviation measurement to track the day-to-day performance of an airline and reflects the level of success in adhering to the published schedule.

He said that the agency would impose monetary penalties for chronic flight delays or removal of a particular flight. 

“We might required that a particular flight because it’s causing inconvenience,” Arcilla said. 

The CAB reported that in October 11, Cebgo’s   average OTP improved to 90 percent,  Cebu Pacific 89 precent, PAL Express, 82 percent and Philippine Airlines, 82 percent. 

The lowest OPT for October 11 was Skyjet Airlines at 13 percent, Philippine AirAsia, 61 percent and AirSwift 75 percent. 

Local airlines submit their average daily flights per airport of origin every 15th day of the following month. 

Local airlines and the government on June 26 signed a pledge of commitment to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. 

The airlines committed to help decongest Naia through improved on-time flight performance, support the development of other gateways including Sangley Airport in Cavite and improve the travel experience of air passengers.30

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