Xiamen Air to be fined P15 million
The operator of Xiamen Air plane that skidded on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday night will be fined at least P15 million, the head of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.
MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said the fine will cover the cost of the Boeing 737 removal after the accident led to the closure of the runway.
“The amount we spent in the recovery of the plane and damages will be charged to the Xiamen operator,” Monreal said.
“The P15 million is just an ‘initial’ amount and we are still looking for other damages in the runway and penalties while airport operations officials are finalizing their report and will be submitted to me,” he added.
Monreal said they spent P4 million to rent the crane used to lift the aircraft from the muddy and grassy area near the runway.
“The landing and take-off fees are also considered because more than 200 flights were cancelled and 17 were diverted to Clark and Cebu Airport during the incident, ” Monreal said.
He also said other airlines may also file separate cases against Xiamen Air to recover their own losses due to the flight cancellations and delays that happened after the runway’s closure from late Thursday to early Saturday.
Also yesterday, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) said that their operations were back to normal after three days of flight cancellations and delays due to the Xiamen Air mishap.
The CEB said passengers whose flights were cancelled may still avail of “the following options, without penalties: rebook flights for travel within 30 days from original date of departure; convert into a Travel Fund for future use; or get a full refund.”
“We strongly encourage passengers to rebook or refund flights through the “Manage Booking” section in the Cebu Pacific website (www.cebupacificair.com). They may also send us a message on our official Facebook (facebook.com/cebupacificair) and Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts,” said CEB director Charo Logarta said.