Cebu Pacific to pay P52 million for cancellations, flight delays

Manila – The Philippine government ordered the Cebu Pacific Airline to pay a whopping P52.1 million fine for cancellation of flights and delays on Christmas rush at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

The Civil Aeronautics Board director Victor Luciano had confirmed Monday that they found Cebu Pacific in violation of its certificate of public convenience and necessity. Despite of the fine, Cebu Pacific could appeal the penalty.

Without a doubt, thousands of passengers were affected by the delays of the domestic flights from December 23 to 26. According to Luciano, Cebu Pacific was fined based on the 10,400 passengers that were bothered on those days.

The carrier had 220 cancelled and 288 delayed flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. A fine of P5,000 for each violation as prescribed by the Civil Aeronautics Act of the Philippines of 1952, was the basis of the P52.1 million penalty.

However, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya wanted to ask lawmakers to revise the penalties for carrier violations because it is outdated.

“Back then in 1952, P5,000 [for each violation] was a good deterrent. Nowadays, P5,000 is something they’ll laugh at,” Abaya said. “There is a need to amend the law.”

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