Palace sees normal PAL operations

August 6, 2010 8:35 am 

MANILA, Aug. 5 — Malacanang on Thursday said that the “worst is over” for the riding public affected by the ongoing dispute between the management and pilots of the Philippine Airlines and there’s no more need for government intervention in the problem.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said during a Malacanang press briefing that PAL management on its own will implement a modified flight schedule that will normalize operations

Lacierda said that PAL has committed to submit to the Civil Aeronautics Board a revised flight schedule for all routes, thus assuring flights for the riding public.

“This will normalize the operations under a used flight frequency. Apparently PAL has come up with the modified schedule so as not to prejudice to riding public,” Lacierda said.

On the concerns of the PAL pilots about what they felt was the indiscriminate transfer of pilots to PAL sister firm, Air Philippines, that reportedly was affecting their security of tenure, Lacierda said that PAL management has promised not to transfer A320 pilots to its sister company.

Lacierda also said that PAL shall undertake dialogue with the remaining pilots.

Lacierda said that the government will no longer take part in the dialogues as he belives that the management and the pilots can mutually resolve the issues by themselves.

He added that the foremost concern of the government was that the exodus of the pilots, but since PAL has already promised to modify its flight schedules, the government need not interfere anymore. (PNA) LOR/OPS/ssc

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