Friday, June 23, 2023

Erwin Tulfo to PAL, Cebu Pac travelers: Postpone your plans or consider another international airline


ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Erwin Tulfo is urging travelers flying via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific to consider changing their travel itineraries amid the flight woes plaguing the local airlines.

According to Tulfo, travelers could postpone their plans if possible or potentially opt for alternative airlines to reach their destination.

“Kung pupwedeng ipagpaliban muna ang mga biyahe ninyo, IPAGPALIBAN NA MUNA!!!” the former social welfare chief wrote on Facebook.

“Or ang isa pang option ay mga international airlines na muna ang sakyan kahit medyo mahal para hindi ma-stranded sa NAIA or iba pang airports sa ibang lugar kung kailangan na talagang bumiyahe,” he said.

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Tulfo’s post included a snapshot of PAL’s list of eight cancelled international flights scheduled for June 22.

The latest flight disruptions appeared to stem from a lack of available aircraft to accommodate the overwhelming number of passengers, according to the broadcaster-turned-politiko.

“Ang problema kasi, madaming flight sa isang lugar sa isang araw pero wala naman silang mga readily available na mga eroplano o kulang para ma-accommodate ang dami ng pasahero ng PAL at CEBUPAC. Sana maresolba na ang problemang ito,” he said.

Cebu Pacific apologizes to passengers for ‘disruptions’, vows ‘safe, affordable and reliable flights’

The Senate recently started an inquiry into the deluge of complaints of passengers about Cebu Pacific’s reported overbooking, offloading, and rebooking issues.

Cebu Pacific has apologized to the passengers for the disruptions, which it blamed on fleet availability issues, red lightning alerts, among others. It has promised to mitigate the situation by improving customer care and recovery, reducing scheduled flights, and increasing the number of standby aircraft.

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