Airlines file appeal vs new rules on refunds, overbooking


Posted at Jun 13 2012 05:52 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2012 04:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Four airline companies have filed an appeal with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) seeking to junk a ban against non-refundable tickets and overbooking.

South East Asian Airlines, Inc. (SeAIR), Cebu Air Inc., Zest Airways Inc. and AirAsia Inc. also opposed higher compensation for passengers who are involuntarily bumped off flights, as well as "no-shows."

The budget carriers argued the new rules are discriminatory because they do not apply to tickets sold by foreign airlines.

They also said they will raise airfares by at least 10% if the rules are implemented.

Earlier, Cebu Pacific said it may stop "piso fares" due to the CAB rules.

CAB issued resolution no. 29 which suspends the non-refundable and non-rebookable conditions on promo fares for domestic flights, while resolution no. 28 which suspends provisions on overbooking. The rules will take effect on June 15. - With ANC