New turnaround time for airlines pushing through
MANILA, Philippines – The implementation of a 45-minute turnaround time for local carriers by winter season in October will push through as planned, according to a top official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
“Definitely. The memo has already been issued out. It has to be implemented,” CAAP deputy director-general John Andrews said.
Originally, CAAP wanted a longer turnaround time only for budget carrier Cebu Pacific following two landing mishaps in June.
The regulator later on announced the rule would be implemented industry-wide by winter season as part of efforts to boost safety.
Budget carriers currently observe a turnaround time – or the time between plane take-offs and landings – of about 25 to 30 minutes. This allows them to maximize utilization of their aircraft and offer low fares.
Andrews said the implementation will not be postponed even if airlines file an appeal.
“No more. There have been more than enough time to adjust. They are just submitting their winter schedules to CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) and CAB will approve," he said. – Rappler.com