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Why Cebu Pacific doesn’t use airbridge

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WHEN this corner criticized Cebu Pacific Airways on Thursday for letting  its passengers go down the plane stairs, and then climb up the airbridge from the tarmac when it could have made them use the airport tube, I was flooded with reactions from passengers.

One text message came from my friend, Louie Rabat, a regular Manila-Davao City commuter.

“Just read your column re Cebu Pacific not using d airbridge. I hope u can help us persuade (airline) to use airbridge for the convenience of passengers. We have brought the matter to d attention of Regional Development Council, Region XI (based in Davao City), pero matigas ang ulo (hard-headed) ng Cebu Pacific.

“(Airline) earned 3B (billion) last year, pero ayaw magbayad (but doesn’t want to pay) P7,000 for the use of airbridge.

“Isa pa itong (Another pain in the neck is) Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (which manages all airports in the country). We should not pay them P200 terminal fee if it can’t require Cebu Pacific to use airbridge.”

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I was handed a letter from Fe Pilar del Rosario, a private representative for disabled persons and senior citizens, addressed to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, chair of the Regional Development Council (Region XI).

Part of Del Rosario’s letter read: “The non-use of airbridge creates difficulty for mothers with young children and passengers with hand luggage. Travelers are also exposed to bad weather conditions.

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I was told the Gokongwei family, which owns Cebu Pacific, is scrimping on money earned from fares, that’s why they dispense with the use of the airbridge or tube which costs P7,000 per flight.

In short, they are kuripot  (tightwad), at the expense of their passengers.

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The Land Transportation Office should stop the continued use of commemorative plates for private cars.

Those plates don’t serve any purpose except to tell the world that  the owner of the car is a member of an elite group, such as the Philippine Military Academy, Philippine National Police or National Bureau of Investigation.

In short, its owner just wants to show off.

Owners who attach commemorative plates to their cars—NBI’s 75th year, for example—expect they won’t be apprehended for traffic violations.

In other words, the plates are used to commit crime, albeit minor.


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  • ynot88

    The budget airlines cut corners everywhere they can.  Airasia in Clark doesn’t use the “tube” nor do ALL their aircraft use the “tube” at their main airport in Kuala Lumpur.  But I do sympatize with the elderly or the handicapped, or even in my case I have young children in tow.  When boarding, their strollers get checked in before we board the aircraft.  The problem is retrieving the strollers as they get included with the rest of the luggages (Cebu Pacific practice) not like other airlines I’ve flown where the stroller is given immediately after you deplane.  I say other airlines cause I normally fly over 100k miles a year and sometimes over 200k miles a year worldwide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mo-Gumatay/100001324838034 Mo Gumatay

    YES! Sige po Mr. Tulfo! PLEASE ban those annoying commemorative plates! Nakakainis po yang ganyang mga tao/driver.. nakakapagtaka at naging RAMPANT na naman yan.. sana hindi NINGAS KUGON yang nakaupo sa HPG.. ITIGIL NA ANG PAGGAMIT NG COMMEMORATIVE PLATES!!!

  • Joe_in_Bikol

    Simple suggestion: Cebu Pacific already has optional extra charges available to passengers for checked luggage and to select their own seat. They can offer an optional charge for those who want to avail of the tubes!

    On the other hand, they could just tack on an additional P50 or so fee on each ticket for use of the tube, just like they do the web admin fee.

  • Guest

    Cebu Pacific offers a no-frills and low fare flight. It’s a successful copy of Richard Branson’s Virgin Air. It’s best suited for short routes where comfort isn’t much of an issue. It’s also at the expense of the more expensive PAL which is losing big to Cebu Pacific. I’m sure that Cebu Pacific isn’t using the passenger tube to keep cost down. It also charges for snacks and baggage check-in at the passenger’s option. The suggestion for optional use of the bridge for a fee has merit. But it may not be technically feasible because the airport charges a fix fee for its deployment and use. I think that most passenger don’t really mind the long walk if the fare is kept low enough. Those who wish to be more comfortable which includes using the tube can simply opt to pay more and take PAL.    

    • Maidenofdforest

      While your justification merit good points on the scrimping and keeping fares low, it is hardly pleasant to hear that No Cebu Pacific employee would give more attention and support to a very sickly lady like Nelly Castro, who I personally know. It wouldn’t cost much for the Gokongwei’s to shed P7,000 to a passenger in need of assistance–not just the wheelchair on ground. If say, for example, the passenger had an ill fated freak accident by slipping on plane stairs, that P7,000 would not suffice is a lawsuit is filed against them for failing to assist disabled person safely to the ground. Prevention is better than cure.

      • PHtaxpayer

        I’d rather your Nelly Castro suffer than all of us pay a higher plane fare.  Hehe

      • californiaflip

        I’m hoping you’re just joking and being sarcastic. one day you might be paralyzed or at the least old and weak. But I agree that those with limitations should not go where it’s difficult.

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy Boardinggate101.com

    it’s called a budget airline for a reason. if you want to use the jetbridge, take a full-service airline like PAL

  • MangDolphy

    Hirap lang ang senior citizen kung walang jetbridge. Tama yon. wag kana lang sumakay sa Cebu Pacific. Meron naman sa PAL.
    Yang commemorative plates walang pinagkaiba sa wang wang.

  • oozingkev

    CEB does use airbridge, usually yung unang kalahati ng mga pasahero ay dumadaan airbridge tapos yung nasa likod ay baba sa tarmac papuntang terminal. If I am seated at the end, I have to wait for most passengers to disembark then proceed to the front exit. Tsaka wag ng mag reklamo kasi iilan lang ang paliparan sa Pilipinas ang gumagamit ng airbridge. 

    • Ilihanboy

      tama ka pare’. Gumagamit naman ng airbridge ang ceb pacific. Pagkalahati ang hindi nakagamit ng bridge sa isang flight, meron segurong dahilan. Palagay ko para mas madali kung hati ang dada-anan. Kung ikaw ay matanda o merong problema, pwede mo namang sabihin sa check-in na sa unahan ka sasakay at sa airbridge ka dadaan.

      Ikaw Tulfo tanungin mo ang cebu pacific kung anong dahilan dahil hindi tutuo yong paratang mo na hindi gumamit ng airdridge dahil sa pagtitipid. Dada ka ng dada.

      • oozingkev

        tama ka. mukha hindi to frequent flyer si tulfo pag dating sa domestic air travel. sanay sa abroad na magaganda ang mga airport.

  • lionheart58

    Mon, if these humbugs PMAeyrs, PNPA grads, NBI, Mayors, Councilors etc will continue to use the unauthorized commemorative plates, if government officials (aka civil servants?) think they are above the law, then it’s high for the BOSSES OF PNOY  to come out and boot all these arrogant ‘CIVIL SERVANTS’ out of their offices which are also built out of our taxes from hard-earned money…nakakahiya kayo..  DOTC Sec. Roxas, PNP Chief Bartolome paki tingnan naman ninyo ito.

  • PHtaxpayer

    What’s up with you people?  CEBU PACIFIC IS A BUDGET AIRLINE.  Do you know what that means???  It means it give you the lowest fairs and by that it means it gives you the barest minimum service.  But its your choice, if you want to use the airbridge, fly PAL!

    YOu can’t have your cake and eat it too.

  • californiaflip

    The criminal here is the noynoying airport authority. you don’t need to charge for an air bridge if there’s a useless terminal fee which doesn’t go to the airports.

    • muddygoose

      Last time I looked, the terminal fee was started a long time ago. There was noynoying even before there was Noynoy? =P

  • muddygoose

    Did Mon also investigate if PAL or Zestair uses tubes? Oh yeah I forgot, tsismis column pala ito. =)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22PRRPV4XKOOIC5TBS2ZLT7PZQ Tirador Ngbuwaya

    I salute you Mr. Tulfo for hitting the nail on the head  in this commemorative plates being sold  to moneyed  motorists  so they can be immuned from arrest even if they break traffic laws. . mas masahol pa ito sa Wang Wang, bakit pinapayagan ito ni President Noynoy? I am also calling the attention of other govt officials here like VP BINAY and DOTC Sec Mar Roxas, Bakit kailangang si Mon Tulfo pa ang bumanat sa issue na ito ? kumilos naman kayong dalawa ? Meron na ring commemorative plates ang Abogado, Governor, councilor, pag hind pa kayo kumilos ngayon baka bukas may plates na din ang Bgy Tanod,. . . .



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