MIAA inspects facilities ahead of Undas rush

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2019   •   364

MANILA, Philippines – Officials from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) conducted inspections of public transport facilities in anticipation of the influx of passengers during the observance of Undas break.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said the number of passengers going through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is expected to increase beginning Monday, Oct. 28.

In preparation for the anticipated high volume of travelers, MIAA raised the alert for NAIA security personnel.

Additional x-ray machines and explosive trace detectors will also be deployed in the airport as the agency implements heightened security and inspection on passengers and luggage.

Personnel manning check-in counters for domestic flights will also be increased as promised by several airline companies. Additional personnel manning immigration booths in airport will also be deployed to avoid long queuing of passengers for international flights.

Airport authorities also reminded passengers to arrive three hours ahead of international flights, and two hours for domestic flights, to allow enough time for security inspection and other airport procedures.

“Siyempre, meron tayong mga special security requirements gaya ng papunta ng America, gaya ng papunta ng Australia, ‘yung mga airlines have encouraged their passengers to come in slightly earlier pero as a standard, 3 oras po tayo sa international 2 oras tayo sa domestic,” Monreal said.

The MIAA chief also assured they have coordinated with airline companies to prevent flights from being delayed. He cited the improvement in the on-time performance of airline companies based on the recent report of the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines.

“Mas malaki po ang inimprove magmula ng July. They are hitting 85% already ‘yan po ang report ng ating mga kasamahan Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, CebGo tsaka yung PALEX. I hope they would maintain that or even surpass what they have reported to us,” he said.

NAIA reopens for int’l chartered, commercial flights with homebound Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has opened for inbound international chartered and commercial flights on Monday (May 11).

The resumption of operations, however, is only limited to overseas Filipinos who are returning home to the Philippines, clarified the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

CAAP added that foreign tourists and non-residents remain restricted from entering the country except for diplomats and heads or members of international missions. 

“Itong in-issue ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines na Notice to Airmen is only starting today hanggang June 10 but it doesn’t mean na hanggang June 10 ito (The CAAP-issued Notice to Airmen is only starting today until June 10, but it doesn’t mean it’s only up to June 10),” noted CAAP Spokesperson Eric Apolonio.

“Depende ito sa sitwasyon. Kung mag-i-improve naman, baka mag-relax iyong restrictions ng arrivals ng international flights sa airport (It will depend on the situation. If it improves, we may relax restrictions on international flight arrivals in the airport),” he added.

Inbound international chartered flights will only be allowed to land at NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays provided that they secure a clearance from CAAP and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

International commercial flights, meanwhile, are allowed during Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Such scheduling of flights is needed as NAIA, for now, can only accommodate 400 passengers a day so as to maintain strict physical distancing protocols and to comply with the rules imposed by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 in the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other procedures on all arriving passengers in NAIA.

Commercial flights, however, must get the approval of CAAP within 48 hours prior to its take off from point of origin. 

If the flight is coming from countries with high incidence of COVID-19 infection, the permission to allow them to proceed will depend on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) as the overall in charge of the national government’s response on the global pandemic. 

CAAP reiterates that social distancing protocols will always be observed in every flight. MNP (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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)

Young doctor among 8 fatalities in medical evacuation plane crash at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A medical evacuation plane burst into flames shortly while taking off at Runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening (March 29).

The flight carrying eight passengers, including an American and a Canadian national, was bound for Haneda in Japan.

“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.

MIAA said the runway has been temporarily closed while the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines carries out an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Reports said the flight was carrying a Canadian patient and a companion; a doctor and a nurse.

The Manila Public Information Office citing PLM President Noel Leyco revealed the identity of the doctor who perished in the accident.

In her Facebook post, Nicko’s sister, singer-songwriter Ria Bautista, confirmed that her younger brother, Cenover Nicandro “Nicko” Baustista was among the eight crash victims.

“I lost my brother on that flight. No words can describe how devastating it is to lose a family member in such a horrific way. How do you process something like this,” she said.

She posted her brother’s last post prior to the tragedy and hailed the efforts of his brother and all of the front liners in the battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“He fought like a hero and I can only hope that his fight would not be in vain,” she concluded.

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