MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - All Philippine airlines are now be required to use aerobridges in all airports in the country, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said on Thursday.
The CAAP issued the order after numerous complaints from passengers about some budget carriers' refusal to use aerobridges to cut down on costs. Passengers have been forced to walk on the airport runway and climb stairs to board the plane.
The CAAP order directs airlines to "cease and decease" from implementing any and all corporate policy geared towards evading or avoiding the use of such aerodrome facilities. The memorandum was issued on Thursday and signed by CAAP deputy director general Capt. John C. Andrews.
The CAAP said the use of aerobridges are not only for the convenience of the passengers, but also important for aviation safety and security. "The use of aerobridges is declared mandatory in all airports where they are available," it said in the order.
The CAAP said it had noticed a rise in complaints about domestic Philippine carriers' refusal to use aerobridges, putting passengers at risk and exposing them to the elements during bad weather.
Airlines who violate this order will face a P50,000 fine, the CAAP said.