NAIA, ready for passenger exodus on “Undas”

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019   •   608

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Tuesday assured it is ready for the expected influx of passengers in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the upcoming Undas season.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said they are all set for the implementation of the Oplan Biyang Ayos: Undas 2019 of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) starting this week.

The DOTr earlier ordered for the intensified activation of malasakit help desks in all transport hubs across the country for the Undas break.

Monreal said airline companies have agreed in their recent meeting that passengers should be at the NAIA at least three hours before the flight if traveling international, and two hours if traveling domestic.

However, Airlines were not discouraged to impose longer lead time for departure especially for those taking direct flights to America and Australia due to the added security measures now being implemented during check-in.

“When you only have 3-5 passengers who have not checked-in, close your other counters so the next user can opt to use it,” Monreal said in a statement.

He also urged airliners to make use of available counters earlier than the standard occupancy schedule of three hours before departure time.

“As compared to processing your passengers altogether when you open at the appointed time, we can somehow ease the queuing situation at the immigration if you are able to process passengers who are already there waiting ahead of 3 hours,” he said.

The airport chief also suggested to airline companies to process passengers with bags at the check-in counters instead of using kiosks to shorten the boarding procedure.

Monreal also reminded local flight carriers using Terminal 3 to monitor the availability of bus gates to direct passengers where to go.

Use of bus gates is a method of boarding and disembarking where passengers are transported through a bus to and from an aircraft.

Airline companies, on the other hand, assured they have prepared improved plans for Undas and the coming holiday season to hasten the boarding process of passengers, especially in immigration airport booths.

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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