Philippine flag carrier cancels flights, blames pilots

National air carrier Philippine Airlines has had to cancel at least five flights including one to Hong Kong and the rest domestic because several Airbus A320 pilots had gone to greener pastures.

PAL spokesman Jonathan Gesmundo went on TV and radio stations Saturday to apologize to the public for the cancellations, which he said were caused by the sudden departure of less than a dozen pilots for better paying jobs abroad.

He said today the pilots did not inform the management, but that this was not a group action.

Gesmundo said, “In the past few days, pilots had not been reporting for duty. This has caused problems for us.”

He said the airline was adjusting its schedule and will probably bring in bigger aircraft to accommodate the stranded passengers. AP


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