Two more PAL flights cancelled

TWO MORE Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights were cancelled today as the Lucio C. Tan-led carrier continued to reel from an exodus of pilots.

PAL’s office for corporate communications said flights from Manila to Iloilo and Bacolod were cancelled.

PAL’s PR 147 was supposed to depart Manila at 6:35 p.m. today for Iloilo. PR 135 was supposed to leave Manila at 5 p.m. today for Bacolod.

PAL, already facing strike threats over a plan to outsource "non-core" services and lower the retirement age for flight attendants, over the weekend was forced to cancel 11 flights following the resignations of 25 pilots.

On Sunday, PAL said it cancelled eight domestic flights and rescheduled others. Saturday’s cancellations involved international flights to Hong Kong.

The resignations involved 13 captains and 12 first officers flying Airbus A319s and A320s. PAL has said most of those who resigned were "pirated" by other carriers in the Asian region and the Middle East where the pay is "allegedly two or three times their current salaries." -- Aura Marie P. Dagcutan

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