AirAsia PH adds manpower, assures no overbooking for Holy Week

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

March 12, 2024, 5:09 pm

<p>Air Asia (<em>File photo</em>)</p>

Air Asia (File photo)

MANILA – Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines on Tuesday said it added manpower in anticipation of the high volume of passengers during the Holy Week and assured there would be no overbooking of flights in this period.

AirAsia has hired additional mechanics and ground staff to ensure smooth and on-time operations.

"We also have staff on standby who can be tapped to help during peak hours," it said in a statement.

The carrier assured seats for purchased tickets but passengers are urged to book their flights early.

An additional 50,000 to the daily average of 130,000 passengers are expected at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) during this period.

To help manage congestion, the Bureau of Immigration will augment their manpower --deploying additional 52 immigration officers at the NAIA.

Additional five each will help man the counters in Clark and Cebu, while three more officers will be deployed in Davao.

Citing data from last year, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said there were about 4.4 million passengers recorded across the 44 commercial airports it manages from March to April 2023. This is expected to increase between 7 to 10 percent during the Holy Week break.

Meanwhile, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is encouraging passengers to check updates on their flight status via their website.

Their check-in counters at the NAIA are open three hours before a domestic flight, and three to four hours before international flights. (PNA)