71 more flights canceled as strike cripples PAL

PHILIPPINE Airlines said it was operating on a reduced schedule Thursday with 71 flights canceled, 28 of them to international destinations, as it entered the third day of a protest by its ground workers.

The airline also transferred 12 domestic flights to Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as its hub in Terminal 2 struggled with the fallout from the ground workers’ strike that started Tuesday.

Flights to and from Roxas, Cagayan de Oro, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Tacloban and Puerto Princesa were transferred to Terminal 3.

Transport Secretary Manuel Roxas II said his department would monitor the crisis and make sure the dispute did not affect the safety of passengers.

“We provide support as may be requested,” Roxas said, adding he was satisfied with the way airport officials were dealing with the situation.

But PAL urged airport authorities to clear the traffic caused by protesters from the Philippine Airlines Employees Association, which was causing further flight delays and frustrating efforts to bring operations back to normal.

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