Zamboanga airport closure costs PAL P6-M a day
MANILA, Philippines - Everyday that Zamboanga International Airpot is closed, local carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and its unit PAL Express suffer from foregone revenues of around P6 million a day.
An airline official who requested not to be named shared this on Tuesday, September 10, the second day of the standoff between members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“We don’t know when PAL flights will resume. Offhand, revenue losses amount to P4 to 5 million. Another 10 percent of that value is for cargo. So the estimated revenue could amount to about P6 million a day,” said the official.
PAL Express has cancelled an average of 7 round trip flights a day since the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) indefinitely suspended commercial operations of all flights in and out of the Zamboanga International Airport on September 9.
On Tuesday, 24 commercial flights were cancelled. Of these, 14 are PAL Express flights and 8 from Cebu Pacific.
About 3,000 Cebu Pacific passengers have been affected by the flight cancellations on September 9 and 10, company officials said in a text message when sought for comment.
CAAP Deputy General deputy director-general Rodante Joya told radio DZMM that commercial flights are still suspended for security and safety measures.
Zamboanga Airport, the 3rd busiest in Mindanao, is only a few kilometers from the hot spots and that stray bullets were found at the airport's runway, Joya said, citing reports that they received. - Rappler.com