The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised passengers to prepare for delayed flights this long holiday.
Earlier on Tuesday (April 16), several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 4, en route to El Nido, Palawan and Tagbilaran, Bohol, were delayed by over 30 minutes. As of 12:00 noon, around 69 flights were delayed.
One of the passengers, Erwin Monongol said they were supposed to leave by 11:10 a.m.
“Delayed daw ang flight ewan ko kung anong dahilan baka congested iyong airport dito sa loob sabi nila (The flight got delayed, I don’t know. Maybe the airport was congested),” he said.
The CAAP said the delayed flights are mostly due to the congestion of air traffic and the influx of passengers traveling this long holiday.
According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the on-going repairs of the taxiway in NAIA is also causing delays.
“This is the taxiway of the main runway hindi makadaan ang eroplano (airplanes cannot pass through) coming from terminal 3 going to its departure runway 06 using Charlie,” he said.
The CAAP had begun conducting repairs last March which is expected to finish in two months.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) reminds passengers experiencing delayed flights about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.
According to the CAB, passengers have the right to ask for compensation or ticket refund if the airline has proven accountability for the flight delay.
Executive Director of CAB Atty. Carmelo Arcilla, however, said the
cause of the delay should be validated first.
“Ngayon ang kailangan muna natin i-distinguish ano ba ang dahilan ng delay kasi nagkaroon tayo ng mga upgrade sa airport pansamantalang pagkaka-delay ng mga flights natin (Now we first need to distinguish the reason of the delay because we have airport upgrades. That’s one reason for delayed flights).”
Despite the expected flight delays, authorities still remind passengers to still arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)