By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Philippine-based carriers recently reported a new high in their on-time performance (OTP) for the month of September. The Air Carriers Association of the Philippines (ACAP) reported an 83% OTP for September, the highest so far this 2019. This comes after ACAP member airlines have pledged support to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and to improve convenience of the flying public.
In a statement from ACAP and the Department of Transportation (DOTr), OTP reached 78% from July to Septmeber, basically higher than the reported OTPs of 65% and 62% in the first and ssecond quarter respectively. This brings the average OTP at NAIA to 68%.
“We thank the airlines for their cooperation and for making changes in their respective operations to enhance the travel experience of airport users. While we catch-up and expedite aviation infrastructure projects, I hope we continue the solidarity and hard work to try to provide some measure of comfort and convenience to our air passengers,” said DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.
On-Time Performance is basically based on an airline's adherence to the published flight schedules and this improvement was attributed to improvement in operational conditions.
ACAP is composed of Philippine based carriers namely Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, CebGo, and Philippines AirAsia.
Outgoing ACAP Chairman and present Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Gokongwei said, "We thank the government for working with the airlines to address growing demand. The use of Runway 31 for take-off has led to faster movement of aircraft, reduced aircraft taxi timesresulting in less ramp congestion. We have also seen a reduction in departure clearance time delays because of better airspace management and the full use of the new air traffic and navigation system."
Gokongwei also cited that the collaboration between the DOTr, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) played a huge role to making most efficient use of aviation infrastructure.
The airlines was able to implement process changes aimed in improving their own OTPs which include include stricter adherence to gate closure and door closure times; deployment of stand-by flight deck crews at the airport to reduce response time to unexpected situations; and adoption of new technologies to better monitor operations in real time.
The ACAP aims to address the increase in demand of air travel in the Philippines while pledging to work with the government to reduce flight delays, improve flying experience of passengers, and to decongest the NAIA.