PAL to stop trips in some Mindanao airports; Cotabato City appeals

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COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Philippine Airlines has decided to shut down its service to a number of Mindanao airports, including this city, Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. said Saturday.

Guiani told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that according to a communiqué furnished him, PAL would retain its service only to such airports as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City and the General Santos International Airport.

In Zamboanga City, Celso Bayabos, local Air Transport Office manager, said PAL also informed local officials of its planned stoppage of flights between Manila and Zamboanga.

Bayabos said PAL signified its intention last month but local officials opposed it even though other airlines serve the same route.

PAL officials in Manila declined to comment on the reduced flights to Mindanao, saying the company would come out with a more appropriate announcement later.

Guiani said that even though other airlines, such as Air Philippines, service the Manila-Cotabato route, PAL’s decision to pull out “would surely affect us, especially our business community.”

He said the city government has already asked PAL to reconsider the decision but there has been no reply yet.

In the PAL communiqué, Guiani said, the airline company cited the closure of its Manila-Cotabato flight at the “soonest possible time” as part of a “strategy shift.”

PAL, he said, claimed it wanted “to give more focus on the international market after having acquired lately a number of new and bigger aircraft designed for international flights.”

“We are worried about [the decision’s] negative impact on the local economy,” he said.

Guiani said PAL’s decision to skip this city in its service could “send a bad message to businessmen, both local and international, that Cotabato City is not a good place to invest in.”

“That’s why we are appealing to be spared from the planned closure,” Guiani said.

With a report from Palo Montecillo, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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  • stealth ice

    passengers fault. they prefer cheaper rate than good service. PAL HAS THE BEST services among philippines local airlines. CEBU PACIFIC HAS THE WORST but then local passengers prefer cheaper rate than good services. while international passengers dont care of prices for as long they get the best services. may thats the reason they instead concentrate on their international routes.

  • Paliwaweng

    you are correct stealth. Years back, most of our ‘kabayans’ here in Saudi Arabia derides PAL. From every known complain available that they can think. Like it is bad, worst, “PAL always late”, etc.

    Soon after PAL cut its services here in Saudi Arabia, did this ‘complainants’ get what they want.
    Most flights going to the Philippines nowadays had to pass other destinations, thus adding time travel of more than ten hours instead of the usual eight to nine hours direct Riyadh-Manila flights.
    And of course, they are missing the food and ‘drinks’ that PAL can only offer.

    That affliction of not looking the bright side and always whining is almost becoming a Filipino ‘trademark’.

    Ask a Filipino here in Riyadh of how is the Philippines, almost 99% would say “wala ng pagasa ang Pilipinas, sa dyaryo lang maganda, mahirap pa din”.

    If most of us will be having this mindset, we will get it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJ3EVCTQXRCB24IEJDP7G5YTB4 Jerry

      Kasi po Mr. Tejada, ewan ko po ba sa mga kababayan natin. Lagi sila umaangal na suplada daw ang mga attendants natin, hindi daw nag-i-smile, na para bang ang akala nila the FA’s are there only to smile for them for the whole duration of the flight. Lagi yan ang complaint nila, i mean main complaint nila. Di ba pag nakasakay na tayo sa eroplano, eh we are welcomed in the flight, mag snacks, kain, tapos yon matulog na tayo para pagdating natin sa Pinas eh hindi tayo puyat. Eh karamihan kasi sa mga kababayan natin, especially those who travel once in 2 or 3 years akala nila ang mga FA’s ay mga alila nila. Minsan pa nga nakikita ko pag may request sila sa mga FA’s they are very discourteous. Ang mga FA’s are there not only to make sure that we are properly served, but most imprtantly they are there to ensure that we are safe if any happens….

  • adamson11

    The mayor should also cleanse the detereorating image of the city as its becoming the criminal city of the country before blaming anyone of the city’s business reputation…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5OBLXBX2NBABF7QFBXSDHW2AA bert

    who says that cotabato city is a good place to invest in?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTIRTIXLBR5X47RMVKB3T43SWA charles

      shut up you insensitive prick…of course Cotabato is a promising place to invest…it’s more peaceful there ryt now as comared to, let’s say 10 years ago..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTIRTIXLBR5X47RMVKB3T43SWA charles

    I guess that’s just a side effect of the current price war raging in the airline industry…the good thing is the low-cost carriers are still there…btw PAL’s rates are absurdly high anyway…

  • 4thINFSgt

    Until they make everything safe over there, they can appeal until they drop dead and the airlines are not going to budge. 

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