Cebu Pacific cancels more flights until May 10

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2019   •   3766


MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific has announced more domestic flight cancellations after it cancelled dozens of flights from April 28 to 30.

In a statement released late Monday, the budget airliner said it will be cancelling 58 round-trip flights from May 1 to 10, 2019 as part of their ongoing efforts to improve time performance and reduce disruption to their passengers.

The cancelled flights in May are listed below:

May 1 (Wednesday)

  • 5J551/5J552  Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J623/5J624  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J983            Manila-Davao
  • 5J639/5J640  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J504/5J505  Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila

May 2 (Thursday)

  • 5J473/5J474  Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J569/5J570  Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J983/5J984  Manila-Davao-Manila
  • 5J455/5J456  Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J891/5J892  Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila

May 3 (Friday)

  • DG6503/DG6504   Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • DG6241/DG6242   Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • DG6663/DG6664   Cebu-Zamboanga-Cebu
  • DG6987-DG6988   Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga
  • 5J984                     Davao-Manila
  • 5J 791/5J792  Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860  Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 901/5J902  Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • 5J 631/5J632  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J 579/5J580  Manila-Cebu-Manila

May 4 (Saturday) 

  • DG6509/DG6510   Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • DG6462/DG6463   Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu
  • DG6515/DG6516   Cebu-Dumaguete-Cebu
  • DG6241/DG6242   Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • 5J 791/5J792   Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 621/5J622   Manila-Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328   Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5j 861/5J862   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila

May 5 (Sunday)

  • 5J641/5J642    Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 621/5J622   Manila-Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328   Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390    Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

May 6 (Monday)

  • 5J641/5J642   Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860  Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 629/5J630  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J375/5J376   Manila-Roxas-Manila
  • 5J377/5J378   Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

May 7 (Tuesday)

  • 5J 781/5J782  Manila-Ozamiz-Manila
  • 5J504/5J505   Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390   Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J471/5J472   Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J461/5J462   Manila-Iloilo-Manila

May 8 (Wednesday) 

  • 5J641/5J642  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J463/5J464  Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J579/5J580  Manila-Cebu-Manila

May 9 (Thursday)

  • 5J991/5J992  Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J635/5J636  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 857/5J858 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328 Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J981/5J982  Manila-Davao-Manila

May 10 (Friday)

  • 5J991/5J992  Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 629/5J630 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

Affected travelers may rebook flights within 30 days from the original flight schedule, free of charge; get a full refund or place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund.

Passengers may also re-route to and from alternate airports for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats.

Cebu Pacific also said passengers on cancelled flights will receive one round-trip travel voucher which can be used for future flights. 

The management of Cebu Pacific earlier apologized for the inconvenience caused by the cancellations, and assured it is extending “every possible help” to affected passengers.

The budget airliner earlier released a list of flight cancellations from April 28 to 30.

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta-Lagamon had said they are facing operational limitations, particularly in their Manila hub, due to different factors, including several damaged aircraft and heavy traffic that prevented flights from taking off and landing on time.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said it is now investigating the flight cancellations.

READ: CAB looks into Cebu Pacific flight cancellations

The board said it is evaluating the circumstances and explanations given by the Cebu Pacific that led to the incident. – Robie de Guzman

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

PAL cancels flights between Dubai and Manila until June 30

Marje Pelayo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Following the extension of the Philippines’ travel ban on arrivals from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until June 30, the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines cancelled a number of flights bound for Dubai.

The cancelled flights include those scheduled on June 16, 23 and 30 with flight numbers PR658 and PR659 Manila-Dubai-Manila.

Meanwhile, PAL flights to and from Qatar (Doha) and Saudi Arabia (Riyadh and Dammam) are continuing, and the firm intends to operate all of these flights to cater to the travel needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“We remind our passengers that PAL is occasionally compelled to cancel certain flights from time to time to comply with capacity limitations at Manila airport,” the airline explained in an advisory.

“When a temporary shortage develops in the allocation of hotel rooms for OFWs in Metro Manila and environs, we may be forced to cancel at the last moment,” it further said.

PAL explained an incident that happened on June 6 when the airline had to fly an empty aircraft from Riyadh to Manila because it was not allowed by the government to board the passengers who had been waiting to take the flight home.

For the period June 1 to June 15, the airline has recorded a total of 12 force majeure affecting its routes to Dammam, Doha and Riyadh.

These cancellations were due to the shortage of quarantine accommodations and other limitations, as advised by the Philippine government, the airline said.

Overall during the said period, the cancellations affected an estimated 10,000 passengers.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience to our passengers, and seek their kind understanding that this is a situation beyond our control,” the airline stressed.

As an alternative, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and PAL have been coordinating to arrange special repatriation flights to ferry stranded passengers from the Middle East, including a repatriation flight last June 14 from Dubai and more that we hope to set up next week.

All affected passengers may opt to avail of the following options:

1. Convert your ticket to a Travel Voucher;

2. Avail of unlimited rebooking (no rebooking fee) until December 31, 2021. If you will be completing your travel in the same booking class by June 30, 2021 (or ticket validity, whichever comes first), there will be no fare difference charge;

3. Refund your ticket without penalties.

Any request may be coursed through the MyPAL Request Hub.

Weekend traffic jams on SLEx as ‘good samaritans’ head to Taal-affected communities

Marje Pelayo   •   January 20, 2020

 Traffic builds up on the South Luzon Express (SLEx) as good samaritans ferry relief goods to residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. (Photo: Maricel Vega)

MANILA, Philippines – A heavy traffic situation without altercation.

Vehicles of various types clogged the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) during the weekend as individuals and groups ferried relief goods to residents affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

The weekend traffic reached up to 12 kilometers with volunteers patiently waiting for hours for their vehicles to move to various evacuation centers across Batangas province.

The situation prompted the SLEx management to activate zipper lanes towards Calamba Toll Plaza to ease the situation.

According to SLEx Skyway president, Manuel Bonoan, motorists took advantage of the free toll at Calamba Toll Plaza and caused traffic jams.

Bonoan noted that to avail of the privilege, motorists need to coordinate with their office first to be confirmed and to advise their intended destination or recipients.

Medyo nagkaroon yata ng confusion kahapon at gusto yata lahat na may marka ang mga sasakyan kahit ballpen lang na nakalagay sa bond paper (There seemed to have been a confusion yesterday. Motorists were insisting that their vehicles be marked. They were arguing that a note on a piece of paper would do),” Bonoan explained.

 “Wala naman kaming sinasabihan na mga toll plazas na ganun. Kawawa naman ang toll teller dahil siya ang magbabayad sa toll fee kapag hindi approve ang pagdaan ng sasakyan (We do not allow that at our toll plazas. The toll tellers would have to pay the toll of unapproved vehicles that pass),” he added.

Bonoan clarified that there is no end date for the free toll on SLEx Skyway and Star Toll Plaza for government-run vehicles and private groups heading to deliver goods to Batangas provided that their trips are properly coordinated with their office.

Meanwhile, #Slex trended on Saturday as netizens hailed the display of “bayanihan” spirit that the heavy traffic situation reflected.

Here are some of the tweets:

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