Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CebPac) have recorded improved On-Time Performance (OTP) only two weeks after the airlines signed a Pledge of Commitment to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Aviation and Airports Sector.
PAL Vice President for Flight Operations Captain Stanley Ng reported that PAL’s monthly average OTP improved from below 60% in April 2019 to nearly 80% in June. For the month of July, the running average OTP for PAL sits at 82%.
For Cebu Pacific, Chief Operations Officer Michael Ivan Shau noted that from 60% in June, their flight OTP improved to 77% in July, with peak days reaching 80%.
OTP rating for airports is measured by the number of departures and arrivals that take place in less than 15 minutes after scheduled departure / arrival times, including cancellations.
Both airlines stated that the improvements came on the heels of the signing of the Pledge of Commitment on 26 June 2019, wherein top officials of five local airlines inked their support for initiatives on air sector improvements with the Manila International Airport Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and Civil Aeronautics Board.
Under the commitment, airlines pledged to aid in the decongestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport through improved on-time flight performance, support the development of other gateways including Sangley Airport in Cavite, and improve the travel experience of air passengers.