P250-M losses incurred due to Cebu Pacific mishap

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Cebu Pacific aircraft overshot the Davao International Airport runway, Sunday June 2, 2013. Photo courtesy of Sun Star
Cebu Pacific aircraft overshot the Davao International Airport runway, Sunday June 2, 2013. Photo courtesy of Sun Star

DAVAO CITY, 5June2013 – The two-day closure of the Davao International Airport also known as the Franciso Bangoy International Airport here due to Cebu Pacific aircraft runway obstruction since Monday night reached almost P250-million of losses, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Wednesday.

She said the bulk of the losses was on the cargo business.

Duterte-Carpio based her figure on the report submitted by Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) and that of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII).

Based on the estimates provided by DCIPC and DCCCII, losses in cancelled hotel bookings valued at P3 million, P500,000 for airport concessionaires, P1.5 million for transport service providers like vans, tourist buses, taxi, and car rentals, P50 million for other allied industries, and P2 million for airport terminal revenues.

The Davao international airport resumed operations at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday after it was temporarily closed to air traffic operations on June 2, when Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 971 with 165 passengers overshot the airport’s runway.

The ill-fated aircraft was removed from the grassy area at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and was completely transferred to the old airport clearing the international airport’s runway by 8:00 p.m.

Zest Air Philippines was the first airline to fly following the closure immediately followed by other airlines, which flights were also cancelled due to CEB aircraft’s crash landing. (PNA)

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