TAGBILARAN CITY – Provincial tourism officer Josephine Remolador-Cabarrus did not hide her disgust over an airplane bogged down yesterday at city airport.Cabarrus hastened to post the following in her facebook account: “A3rd time that an AirAsia aircraft bugged down at the Tagbilatan City airport, and as a consiquence, succeeding flights were cancelled, including mine. Was supposed to take PR2777 at 2:20 yesterday. Of course PAL could only offer flight rebooking as indeed it was not their fault. However, isnt it that once a passenger has checked-in, s/he is the airline’s responsibility? The airline should take responsibility over its passengers and claim ‘damages’ from whoever caused the mess. Its just but proper, right?”
Air Asia was reportedly stalled at the runway after it landed at past noon Saturday. Some incoming flights had to be diverted to Cebu since they cannot land the city airport here due to Air Asia that got stuck here.
Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has strictly enforced the one-plane policy, meaning only one plane can land at a time apparently due to limited space in the city airport tarmac.
There had been several stranded planes due to mechanical defects that resulted to passengers stranded at the city airport.
Aside from this, some in-coming flights, say from Manila, like the one supposedly the flight of Cabarrus, were cancelled.
Cabarrus added: “The kawawang pasahero has to bear ALL the consequences! Another night in a hotel (and how much do you think that would be?) 3 sq.meals, taxi from and to the airport, and the (hideous) traffic of Manila! My gosh, the hèlpless passenger has to bear all these.”
For AirAsia, 3 times, that their aircraft stalled on the Tagbilaran airport. Isnt that a bit too many times? To think that their promotion is relentless. I think the better promotion still is a GOOD SERVICE. Perhaps Pax would point this out to his bosses?
She said that “What happened to that “towing” area? What’s taking it too long? Perhaps that would come in time with the Panglao airport???”
She must have meant the emergency ramp as promised by CAAP.
It was learned that the national government thru the CAAP, an attached agency of the Department Transportation and Communication (DOTC), has tapped the lot nearby airport for additional space for planes. (rvo)