Airlines told to reduce flights to avoid delays

Posted at 05/01/2012 8:44 PM | Updated as of 05/02/2012 6:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Aviation authorities have ordered airline companies to reduce the number of their flights to solve problems due to airport congestion, such as delayed and canceled flights.

The boom in the country's airline industry has led to a large number of flights during the peak hours of 7 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, authorities said.

The congestion has led to delays and even flight cancellations.

To solve the problem, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will reduce the number of flights.
   
This, despite opposition from airline companies.

"We seek the help of IATA and according to Secretary Roxas, pwersahin to scale down," said CAAP director-general Ramon Gutierrez.

Flying schools and planes carrying seafood will no longer be allowed to use the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Additional "rapid exit taxi ways" will also be set up.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) agrees on the a need to scale down flights and increase airport facilities.

"If you are expanding rapidly, then may problema sa infastructure so magkakaroon ng downgrade on service," said CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla.

The Transportation Department is also looking at improving airports in the provinces to help solve the problem. - report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News; ANC

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