MIAA, CAAP to defer airline charges amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 9, 2020   •   497

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will defer airline charges amid the COVID-19 threat.

The CAAP and MIAA had been instructed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to defer payment for take-off, landing, and parking fees of local airlines.

This is amid the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the airline industry.

In a statement on Facebook, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the government needs to extend its arms due to the COVID-19 threat.

Both MIAA and CAAP have stressed that the decision was made to extend help to airlines amid the decrease of airline passengers, and flights due to COVID-19.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said local airlines operating under CAAP will save P37-million a month in terms of deferred take-off, landing, and parking fees.

“The airlines will pay the deferred charges once the COVID-19 threat in the country is lifted,” according to the DOTr statement.—AAC

MIAA prepares for ‘new normal’ in all int’l and domestic airports in the country

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2020

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will implement new sanitation guidelines for the “new normal” in all international and domestic airports in the country.

The new guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be “the new way of life for both passengers and airport staff once travel restrictions are lifted and NAIA resumes operations.”

Several guidelines include temperature checks which will remain mandatory in all security points within the immediate vicinity of the four (4) NAIA Terminals. Wearing of face masks and social distancing will also be observed.

Only passengers with valid travel documents and confirmed bookings for the day will be allowed to enter the airport facility, based on the guideline.

Cebu Pacific and the Philippine Airlines have also prepared their guidelines for the ‘new normal’ as operations are expected to resume on May 16. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

MIAA to move remaining flights to NAIA Terminal 1 starting March 28

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will move all remaining flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 starting March 28.

According to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal this aims to minimize the exposure of airport workers to the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) while ensuring continuous operations at NAIA, as per the instructions of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Beginning 0001H (12:01AM) of March 28, 2020, the following airlines will be operating to and from NAIA Terminal 1:

Gulf Air, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Hong Kong Air, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Royal Brunei, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

From Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA Facebook post

Several foreign and local airlines have already ceased operations due to the imposed travel ban to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, MIAA vowed to continue sweeper flights at NAIA Terminal 2.

“Sweeper flights and repatriation flights to help foreign nationals return to their home countries, are jointly undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in collaboration with the embassies,” according to MIAA.

Sending off, meeting of passengers inside NAIA banned for now amid COVID-19 threat – MIAA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The sending off and meeting of passengers inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals will temporarily be prohibited amid the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.

In a statement issued Sunday, MIAA said non-passengers and non-airport employees will not be allowed to enter the premises of NAIA terminals for now as part of the government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The Manila International Airport Authority temporarily bans entry of non-passengers and non-airport personnel into the NAIA airport terminals,” MIAA said.

“Effective immediately, sending-off and meeting passengers inside the NAIA terminals will not be allowed. The move is to further the efforts of government to contain the spread of COVID-19,” it added.

In a separate statement, airport authorities also called on passengers of international flights not to proceed to the airport unless they have ticketed reservations or confirmed bookings on a certain flight.

MIAA noted that a big number of passengers with unconfirmed bookings still proceed to the airport to take their chances on boarding a flight.

“This considerable number of chance passengers causes overcrowding inside the airport terminals and goes against the social distancing measures being implemented by the government in its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” it said.

Metro Manila is currently under a 30-day community quarantine period as government tries to combat the spread of the virus.

During the quarantine period, all land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila is suspended, subject to the daily review of the government.

But cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies, government/military flights, weather mitigation flights and maintenance and utility flights may continue with their operations.

All general aviation flights will also be diverted to the Clark International Airport and Sangley Airport as no flights are allowed within the quarantined zone.

As for international flights, special airport-to-airport trips arranged by the airlines, in coordination with airport authorities shall be allowed. Passengers are advised to observe at least one-meter radius distance from others.

MIAA said security officers manning the gates have been instructed to double-check the airline ticket of each passenger entering the terminals and only allow entry to those with ticketed reservations.

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