Pilot shortage restricts Airphil Express flights

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2010 08:18 PM | Updated as of Nov 01 2010 11:36 PM

 MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) – Low-cost airline Airphil Express was forced to either cancel or delay several domestic flights over the weekend because of a shortage in pilots, company officials said.

Airline officials said 8 flights were cancelled while 4 others had to be delayed Sunday. Nine flights were cancelled while 4 others were cancelled on Saturday.

The company said it did not expect a surge in the number of passengers in October.

Airphil Express pilots had exceeded their quota in flying hours and could no longer be tapped, Maria Java (not Jaha as we earlier reported), vice-president for marketing and media of Airphil Express said. 

Airphil Express addressed the crisis by borrowing the pilots of sister company Philippine Airlines.

Some passengers eventually got on board an Airphil Express aircraft and left for the provinces on Sunday after hours of waiting. 

Others, meanwhile, were forced to rebook their flights. – report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News