Xiamen penalty hiked to P72M

September 10, 2018
Ed Monreal

THE Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has increased the penalty of Xiamen Airlines to P72 million as damages when one of their airplane went off the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that resulted in cancelled flights and other problems to the country.

In the hearing of the Senate committee on public services on the runway mishap, MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said they decided to increase the original P30 million penalty to P72 million to pay for the restoration of the runway.

Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Aerodrome Division chief, Marlene Singson confirmed to the Senate that they already have a transcription of the voice recording of the flight and it was already submitted to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Despite of the Senate inquiry CAAP refused to make public the said transcription saying they are following international protocols.

During the hearing, several passengers who were affected by the cancellation of flights attended and aired their sentiments regarding their negative experience with airline companies and airport authorities.

Among the complaints are the lack of coordination of airline officials and failure to provide them the necessary accomodation and food while airport authorities allegedly failed to provide seats and up to date information.

Committee chairperson Senator Grace Poe then castigated and asked the assurance of airline companies particularly the Philippine Air Lines and Cebu Pacific that the said situation will not.