Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific's on-time performance (OTP) significantly improved 2 weeks after signing a Pledge of Commitment to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Aviation and Airports Sector, based on a report from the Philippine transportation agency. PAL's OTP improved from 60% in April 2019 to nearly 80% of June according to PAL Vice President for Flight Operations Captain Stanley Ng.
Cebu Pacific's OTP improved from 60% in June to 77% in July, with peak days reaching 80% according to Michael Ivan Shau, Cebu Pacific Chief Operating Officer.
OTP or On-Time Performance rating for airports is measured by the number of departures and arrivals that take place in less than 15 minutes after scheduled departure and arrival times which also includes cancellations.
The DOTr said "Both airlines stated that the improvements came on the heels of the signing of the Pledge of Commitment on 26 June 2019, wherein top officials of five local airlines inked their support for initiatives on air sector improvements with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Under the commitment, airlines pledged to aid in the decongestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) through improved on-time flight performance, support the development of other gateways including Sangley Airport in Cavite, and improve the travel experience of air passengers."
Philippine Airlines's Capt. Ng said “I can confirm that our participation in the Pledge of Commitment really helped improve our OTP. At the same time, we will continue to improve our internal processes and collaborate with CAAP, MIAA and CAB to make sure that our passengers will have a better experience when traveling to the Philippines."
“Coordinated and concerted efforts from all stakeholders resulted in OTP improvement at the NAIA, and we will remain in cooperation with the government under the Pledge of Commitment to ease the travel of the public,” said Cebu Pacific's Michael Shau.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade commended the airline operators for the swift response and encouraged them to further improve for the convenience and benefit of the air travellers. He said “I thank PAL and Cebu Pacific for their efforts to improve OTP. It is my hope that this be increased, and that more and more airlines follow suit.”
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal also welcomed this development saying “I laud the airline operators for doing their part to give Filipinos a comfortable life through improved on-time flight performance. We shall continue in this direction as we work on a number of solutions to decongest the NAIA.”
Source: Official Department of Transportation Facebook Page