NAIA reopens for recovery flights; normal ops to resume 11 p.m. Dec. 3 – MIAA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019   •   749

(FILE) Travelers and airport porters are seen in front of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal One in Paranaque City, Philippines.  EPA-EFE FRANCIS MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were reopened at 6 p.m. on Tuesday following its temporary closure due to the effects of typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri).

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they decided to reopen the airport ahead of schedule after consulting with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in view of the improving weather condition.

With NAIA runways’ reopening, Monreal said domestic carriers were allowed to bring back to Manila all their aircraft that were preemptively evacuated to other local airports due to the typhoon.

From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the MIAA official said they are expecting to receive 53 aircraft returning from local airports.

Of this number, eight are from the Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, 30 from Cebu Pacific and 15 from Air Asia.

“We have 84 slots available so that these aircraft can be accommodated. The reason we allowed this scenario is to ensure that the majority of the flights will be operated by tomorrow,” Monreal said.

The MIAA chief added that at 11 p.m., regular flight operations will resume at NAIA.

However, the daily maintenance closure of NAIA’s runway from 1:30 AM to 3:30 AM remains suspended to accommodate flights affected by the 11 AM to 11 PM closure, provided they have approved recovery slots from the MIAA.

Monreal has reminded airline operators to be ready for recovery operations and to advise their handling agents to maximize the deployment of people to service all requirements.

He also reiterated his appeal to airline passengers not to go to the airport unless they have confirmed bookings.

He also advised passengers to contact their flight carriers for proper guidance about rebooking procedures.

NAIA, the country’s main gateway, was shut down earlier in anticipation of the effects of the typhoon.

Metro Manila is still under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 as ‘Tisoy’ continues to move west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph).

‘Tisoy’ was last spotted at 145 kilometers north of Coron, Palawan, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

According to PAGASA’s 8 p.m. severe weather bulletin, the typhoon has maintained strength as it moves over Mindoro strait.

It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon.

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)

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.

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