PAL vows to cooperate with gov't over unpaid fees


Posted at Sep 29 2017 01:56 AM

MANILA - Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday said it will cooperate with the government in settling over P6.9 billion in "unpaid air navigation fees and other charges."

In a statement, the flag carrier said its representatives met with Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) officials on Thursday.

"In the said meeting, PAL manifested its willingness to cooperate with the government and committed to continue working with the CAAP towards an amicable settlement within the next few days," the statement read.

CAAP earlier reiterated its demand for PAL to settle its unpaid fees and other charges. 

PAL said it has submitted its offer to CAAP but has not yet received any response.

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to shut down the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, which is being used by PAL, if the airline fails to pay its liabilities to the government. 

Duterte gave PAL chairman and chief executive officer Lucio Tan 10 days to settle the airline's liabilities with the government.