Carriers With Frequent Delayed Flights Will Soon Be Penalized
A new regulation that aims to penalize air carriers for chronic flight delays in their operating flights has been recently approved by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).
CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said in an interview:
So the features of this new regulation are we will be penalizing or modifying the approval of airlines who would be found to have more than 50 percent of their flights delayed or canceled for whatever reason.
He emphasized that regardless if it’s due to force of nature, technical difficulties, or what have you, if the flight is incurring a delay of more than 50% of the time, carriers have to go back to the drawing board and review their plans because it doesn’t seem to be viable. The penalties will be on a case-to-case basis, depending on the gravity of the case. Apart from the monetary penalties, the removal of flights may also be imposed under the new regulation.
Arcilla also cited a previous case of an unidentified airline operating flights to Caticlan as an example, noting that its flight was removed due to repeated cancellation and delays. He added that the local air carrier was operating six flights to Caticlan daily, during the time when airports were not night rated.
According to Arciall, the new regulation was approved during a CAB meeting in late October and is set to be implemented this month.
In July, CAB ordered all local carriers to submit a monthly on-time performance (OTP) report which must contain the average of all daily flights per airport of origin.CAB said if the actual departure or arrival time is up to 15 minutes past the original schedule, then the flight is considered on time.