Friday, March 4, 2011

CEB supports CAAP's move to decongest NAIA

March 3, 2011, 1:24am
 MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific is backing a plan by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Air traffic congestion (ATC) in NAIA can cause delays from 4 minutes to 81 minutes per flight. An aircraft assigned for a roster of flights experiencing delays due to ATC can end up with a domino effect of delays, to the disadvantage of the passenger,” said CEB VP for flight operations Capt. Victor Custodio.

“International airports such as Singapore do not have pilot schools or general aviation operating out of their country’s premiere gateways. We see CAAP’s efforts to lessen air traffic in Manila as a very positive move that can only gain positive results for all passengers,” Custodio added.

In 2010 alone, CEB recorded almost 6,800 minor and major delayed flights caused by air traffic in Manila. The accumulated delay caused by ATCs last year was approximately 38,000 minutes or 633 hours.

“Despite this, we are happy to note that we ended the year with an 88% on-time performance. This was largely because of the team effort we at Cebu Pacific have exerted to bring our passengers to their destinations on time,” Custodio said.

CAAP Director General Ramon Gutierrez said that NAIA runways were already congested with regular flights.

An option was to allow provincial airports to house aviation schools, a move which could also augment the provincial airports’ revenues.

This can free up runway capacity at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and lessen air traffic congestion.

Cebu Pacific currently operates over 260 flights daily to 16 international destinations and 33 domestic destinations. It flew almost 10.5 million passengers in 2010, exceeding targets with a 19% increase over 2009. Its international passengers also grew by 38% in 2010.

Neha Jain

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