PATTAYA, Philippines — The cost of flying a red crane has gone up, with travel agencies warning that the red cranes’ safety and operating conditions are becoming more precarious.
The Philippines government and several transport operators have launched a campaign to urge Filipinos to consider a more eco-friendly way of travelling.
The national transportation agency has issued an advisory warning that more people are using a red crane, citing a number of factors, including higher fuel costs, more frequent weather, and the increasing number of fatalities on the island of Mindanao, home to more than 1 million people.
A total of 716 people were killed on Mindanaan island in 2016, according to the transportation agency, with the toll in 2017 rising to 1,000.
It is not clear how much the cost increase will have on Filipinos’ travel plans, said Maria Pacheco, a transportation expert at the University of the Philippines.
There are now more than 2,000 red craning operators in the Philippines, according the Philippines Association of Red Crane Pilots.
The government has set a goal of setting up 10,000 of them.
But the red crows’ safety record has become increasingly precarious in recent years.
In 2017, three people died when a red helicopter crashed in the Philippine island of Pagasa.
Last week, a crane pilot was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while flying over Mindanaoan in Mindanae province.