Cebu Pacific was forced to cancel 44 domestic flights scheduled from April 28-30.
Based on the released advisory on Sunday (April 28), Cebu Pacific management said they need to temporarily reduce the number of flights due to the current operating conditions, particularly in their Manila hub in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Efforts have been made to minimize the disruption to our passengers in the past week. However, we realize that current operating conditions, particularly in our Manila hub, necessitate a temporary reduction of flights,” the advisory reads.
5J395/5J396 Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
5J991/5J992 Manila-General Santos-Manila
5J641/5J642 Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
5J513/5J514 Manila-San Jose-Manila
The airline added that passengers may rebook their flights free of charge, as long as it is within 30 days from the original flight schedule.
Passengers on cancelled flights may take any of the following options:
1. Rebook flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date, free of charge 2. Get a full refund 3. Place the full cost of the ticket in a Travel Fund 4. Re-route to / from alternate airports for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats
“These flight cancellations should help stabilize flight timings, improve on time performance and reduce inconvenience to our passengers,” according to the statement.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
Budget airliner Cebu Pacific said passengers at Clark International Airport in Pampanga could experience more flight delays after ground operations were suspended due to a lightning alert issued on Wednesday afternoon.
In an advisory, Cebu Pacific said authorities had raised a lightning and thunderstorm alert covering Clark International Airport at 3:34 p.m.
“During this time, airport ground operations were suspended for safety reasons. We cannot board or unload passengers and baggage,” the airliner said in its Twitter post.
In another advisory released at 4:50 p.m., Cebu Pacific said the alert lasted for one hour and six minutes.
“As an effect of the 1hr 6min closure of the CRK airport due to thunderstorms and lightning, we regret that there will be delayed flights,” it said.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused,” it added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has intercepted a number of pork products from Hong Kong and China at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in between June 19 to 28.
The items didn’t have sanitary and phytosanitary clearances from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and could have been infested by the deadly pig virus African Swine Fever (ASF).
China is one of the 19 countries from where entry of pork and pork-based products are banned.
From a total of 400 samples that BAI examined, 34 tested positive of ASF and these products could have caused infestation in the country’s hog industry if they were not intercepted.
Germany was the latest addition to the list of countries where entry of pork products to the Philippines was banned.
Though there were no reports yet of ASF-infestation in Germany, the Philippines included it in the list after a German company exported pork products to the Philippines along with some 250 kilograms of pork from ASF-hit Poland.
The said shipment was intercepted in Cebu on June 27 which included 27 boxes of pork items from Poland.
That incident, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, was a clear violation of the country’s Quarantine Law thus resulting in the ban of pork products from Germany.
“Nakikiusap ako.(‘Im appealing to you) Please understand, these are extraordinary times. We cannot take the risk,” Secretary Piñol said.
“Kasi tingnan mo, Germany napaka-respectable na bansa nyan. It’s export country known for its high standards, nasingitan tayo, (You see Germany is a highly respected country. It’s exports are known for its high standards but some banned (pork) slip past their screening,)” he explained.
Piñol stressed that ASF infestation would compromise the country’s P260-B worth of hog industry.
Some of the Philippines’ neighboring countries have already declared an outbreak of ASF such as Vietnam and Cambodia.
In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked store owners to self-recall pork products from China that covers those manufactured since the start of the import ban.
Still, Piñol assures the Philippines’ hog industry remains ASF free. – with reports from Rey Pelayo
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