Lawmaker wants commercial airlines to make flight delay information available

WITH growing air traffic congestion and delay problems facing the airline industry today, a lawmaker has required commercial airlines to make flight delay information available to the public so as not to inconvenience passengers.

Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (Lone District, San Juan City), author of House Bill 6463, said addressing this problem will promote the interests of passengers, airlines, airports and the local economy.

“I fear if this problem is not addressed, air delay problems will intensify causing prejudice to the consumers,” Ejercito said.

Ejercito said the problem on flight delays is the result of many factors, including airline practices, inadequate investment in airport and air traffic control infrastructure and how aviation infrastructure is priced.

“Passengers are not promptly informed of the cause of such delay resulting in their inconvenience,” Ejecito stressed.

Under the measure, to be known as the “Air Travel Delay Awareness Act,” the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is mandated to require each air carrier, foreign air carrier or intrastate air carrier that provides air transportation or intrastate
air transportation to make available to the public information regarding the delay of a scheduled passenger flight not later than 10 minutes after such information is available.

The information shall be made available through any internet website of such carrier, foreign air carrier or intrastate air carrier; any automated recording related to flight departure or arrival times maintained by the air carrier; through announcements and flight
information screens at appropriate airports.

According to Ejercito, any air carrier, foreign air carrier, or intrastate air carrier who violates the provisions of the proposed act shall be penalized with a fine of P70,000 plus suspension of license or permit for 30 days for the first offense; P80,000 plus suspension
of license or permit for 60 days for the second offense and P100,000 for the third and final offense or imprisonment of 6 years or both at the discretion of the court, plus the cancellation of the license or permit.

If the offender is an alien, he shall be deported after serving his sentence without further proceedings and shall be barred from entering the Philippines.

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