Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) senatorial bet Win Gatchalian called for the heads of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the 5-hour power outage that resulted in the cancellation of 66 flights and delay of 31 flights.
“This is no longer a laughing matter. A five-hour brownout hitting NAIA and resulting in 66 cancelled flights and 31 delayed flights is proof that the DOTC secretary and NAIA general manager have been sleeping on their jobs and they should be sacked immediately,” said Gatchalian, who is supportive of the proposed law separating the Department of Transportation from the soon-to-be created Department of Information Technology and Communications.
Dozens of flights were cancelled following a power outage at the NAIA-Terminal 3 starting on Saturday night that lasted until early Sunday.
The flight information desk at the NAIA revealed that 31 flights have been delayed and 66 have been cancelled. Based on the list of cancelled flights released by Cebu Pacific before noon Sunday, more than 80 flights were affected by the power outage.
The DOTC described as “minor glitch” the 5-hour power interruption at the NAIA-3. In a statement, DOTC said there was an on-going maintenance operation at NAIA 3 when the trip occurred at the Meralco main line. The power interruption started at 12:30 a.m. The airport resumed normal operation at 5 a.m.
“The DOTC and NAIA management have a lot of explaining to do why there was no back-up power source like a generator set for Terminal 3 which could have prevented the delay in 31 flights and 66 cancelled flights. This is already reflective of the kind of leadership in DOTC and NAIA and sorry to say, but they have to go,” said Gatchalian.