In an effort to boost the efficiency of flight operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport, The Philippine Department of Transportation is imposing stricter sanctions on airlines that misuse their flight slots at the airport.

According to the DOT, it defined the misuse of flight slots as “holding of slots that the airline does not intend to operate, as well as the holding of slots for an operation other than planned for the purpose of denying capacity to another aircraft operator.” The agency added that seeking a slot other than the designated use would also constitute as a misuse of flight slots.

Should an airline be found to be misusing its allocated flight slots, a Timeslot Committee (TC) would have the authority to recall slot approvals and/or suspend/cancel allocations for an airline.

“Landing on an airport is a privilege. To intentionally disregard the value of these airport slots is unethical, and an aggravation to the current state of congestion at NAIA. We have to recognize the domino effects of these slot misuses, which ultimately result in the massive inconvenience to our air passengers,” Philippine Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

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