Lately, Philippine Airlines has been experiencing flight cancellations going to and from Laguindingan Airport. This causes further chaos and congestion in the said airport. PAL passengers have experienced lining for at least three hours just to check-in, roughly 15 minutes for each passenger to process everything at the check-in counter.
According to Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, past president of the Oro Chamber of Commerce there are reports that say that the merging of PAL Express and PAL flight booking software has resulted in slow processing of all counter check in and flight management activities. And the problem worsened because of Laguindingan Airport’s sunset limitations that led to the cancellation of flights. Thousands of passengers were inconvenienced by snail paced check in. Some passengers were forced to fall in line for more than three hours.
The photos below show Cagayan de Oro bound passengers who were also stranded at NAIA. According to the owner of these photos, some of these passengers have been stranded for 3 to 4 days already.
To compensate for the inconvenience that they have caused, Philippine Airlines offered free hotel accommodations with meals to their passengers.
Air transportation related problems arise from time to time. And the sunset limitation at Laguindingan Airport worsens the problem. Guess what? We still have to extend our patience until November for the complete installation of precision instruments. Don’t you think this is too much, CAAP and DOTC?
Photos by Engr. Elpidio M. Paras and Mark Edson Pagaspas