PAL, Cebu Pacific report fewer flight delays in NAIA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — More flights left and arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila on time last month, the Transportation department said Friday.

Citing data from Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, the agency said the on-time performance (OTP) of flights significantly rose in June, which came two weeks after airlines signed a commitment to adhere to their designated flight times.

The OTP means flights arrive or take off within 15 minutes after their scheduled slots.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said PAL's monthly average picked up from below 60 percent in April to 80 percent last month, while their running tally rose to 82 percent so far this July. For Cebu Pacific, the rating also improved to 77 percent this month from a low of 60 percent in June. On some days, the budget carrier's OTP even hit 80 percent.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade also required airlines to publish their daily OTP ratings since mid-May.

The two airlines signed a pledge of commitment with the DOTr and the Manila International Airport Authority on June 26, where they promised to support reforms to decongest NAIA. Other signatories were Cebu Pacific subsidiary CebGo, Inc., PAL Express, and the local unit of Malaysian firm AirAsia, Inc.

The airlines also committed to transfer some flights to Sangley Airport in Cavite, which President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to be ready by November this year.

READ: Tugade orders 24/7 work for Sangley Airport in Cavite

NAIA is currently operating above capacity, as it now services 45 million passengers yearly.

Meanwhile, flight takeoff and landing activities were briefly halted at 4:49 p.m. of Friday after the state weather bureau issued a lightning alert, which meant that ramp movement will stop at NAIA to ensure safety of ground personnel. Normal operations resumed at 5:29 p.m.