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The establishment of a new labor union and a rise in the number of absent crew members are some of the reasons why Cebu Pacific was forced to cancel over 160 flights for a span of two weeks, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Tuesday (April 30).

Citing industry sources, the Inquirer said the Gokongwei-owned airline’s problems began after crew members “voted overwhelmingly” for the establishment of Juan Wing Association of the Philippines, Cebu Pacific’s first labor union.

Around the same time the union was established, the number of crew members who fail to show up for work rose to between 35 and 40 per day, another source told the Inquirer.

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta Lagamon said over 22,000 passengers have been affected by the flight cancellations, which started on April 26 and will continue until May 10.

The airline has attributed the cancellations to an “unprecedented level of disruption,” which it hopes to resolve at the soonest possible time.

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