In Your Face Proof shows airlines at fault for flight delay
14 April 2015
14 April 2015
| As it turned out airlines were at fault for flight delays at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, data from Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines disclosed.|
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado told airline management the in-your face facts when he met with airline companies Friday last week to address flight delays that was always blame with MIAA.
As it turned out, airline companies failed to fly their flight schedules on time that was provided to them by Airport Coordination Philippines, an airport slot allocator.
Manager Honrado presented the daily logs of airlines coming to Manila from terminal approach to landing and clearance delivery for departure to validate his claim and it showed delays either departure or arrivals.
Honrado stressed the remedy could be extending flight turn around time from the current 45 minutes to one hour.
CAAP has already issued a guidelines extending flight turn around time from 30 minutes to 45 minutes in 2013 but this directive seems to be inadequate as what has been happening during the Christmas holiday rush in 2014.
Cebu Pacific (CEB) blamed the airport authority for the delays in December but data showed that their services feel short of standards forcing the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) to penalized the airline 52 million pesos for flight delays. The airline did not appeal the ruling of the Board and has since paid the government penalty sum.
Honrado cannot understand why CEB has always been complaining and finger pointing the airport authority to their passengers since January of this year when the airline itself suffers delay in dispatching its aircraft for first flight.
From a three-day average in January this year, 27 flights were delayed during the first wave only. This caused an average of 103 delayed flights for the rest of the day. Similarly, 10 delayed flights were recorded from a three-day average in February causing 45 delayed flights throughout the day.
“Should the first wave of flights from 4am to 7am be delayed, this will also affect succeeding flights of the day,” he explained.
Cebu Pacific admitted that flight delay is caused by prolonged aircraft servicing on the ground and late arrival of their aircraft from its point of origin.
There were a total of 236,442 flights arriving and departing in NAIA with an average of 648 flights a day.