Bad weather crash-lands Chinese plane at NAIA, no injuries reported

Marje Pelayo   •   August 17, 2018   •   5881

Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800

 

MANILA, Philippines –Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash-landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Thursday night (August 16), prompting flight cancellations and temporary closure of Runway 6/24.

Flight MF8667 was at the conclusion of its two-and-a-half-hour flight from Xiamen City, China when it skidded off the side of the runway as the jet attempted to land in heavy thunderstorms

The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures to alight all 157 passengers and eight crew on board.

No injuries were reported.

The incident prompted several flight cancellations.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) advises passengers to check on NAIA for flight information and adjustments. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

 

CANCELED FLIGHTS (AS OF 7:22 AM August 17, 2018):

EY 421 MNL- Abu Dhabi 2336H

SV 871 MNL – Jeddah 1810H

HX 781 HONG KONG-MNL 2300H

PR 453 MNL-GES 0715H

PR 454 GES-MNL 1215H

PR 1845 MNL-CEB 0655H

PR 1846 CEB-MNL 1010H

PR 432 MNL-TOKYO 1440H

CX 908 MNL-Hong Kong 0600H

CX 912 MNL – Hong Kong 0825H

CX 907 Hong Kong – MNL 0940H

CX 906 MNL- Hong Kong 1050H

CX 901 Hong Kong – MNL 1125H

CX 900 MNL – Hong Kong 1235H

5J 272 MNL- Hong Kong 0600H

5J 273 Hong Kong – MNL 1200H

5J 5054 MN – Hong Kong 0615H

5J 5055 NARITA – MNL 1720H

5J 929 MNL-BANGKOK 0615H

5J 930 Bangkok – MNL 1445H

5J 110 MNL-Hong Kong 0735H

5J 111 Hong Kong- MNL 1400H

 

DIVERTED FLIGHTS:

PR 105 SAN FRANCISCO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CEBU

PR 103 LOS ANGELES – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

PR 117 VANCOUVER – MNL – DIVERTED TO CEBU

PR 115 SAN FRANCISCO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

PR 119 TORONTO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

 

AIRLINE CODE Guide:

EY Etihad Airways

SV – SAUDIA AIRLINES

HX – HONGKONG AIRLINES

PR – PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

CX – CATHAY PACIFIC

5J – CEBU PACIFIC

 

NAIA CONTACT NUMBERS

Terminal 1 (8771109 loc 765 and 2852)

Terminal 2 (8771109 loc 2882 and 2880)

Terminal 4 (8771109 loc 4226)

Terminal 3 (8777888 loc 8144 and 8146)

NAIA Hotline 8771111

 

 

NAIA runway upgrade to aid swift delivery of vaccines

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The upgraded runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can now be used for domestic flights following its yearlong rehabilitation.

The runway will also aid the swift delivery of vaccines in the country. 

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) led the inauguration of the rehabilitated and upgraded runway 13/31 in NAIA on Tuesday (February 16).

The department was able to finish the repair and overlay of the runway which include the repair of deteriorated asphalt pavement areas and the entire runway to assure the aircraft’s safe landing and take off.

Apart from the upgraded runway, a newly-constructed taxiway was also inaugurated to manage air traffic and to address aircraft congestion on the ground.

According to MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal, this will also benefit the anticipated volume arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country that is expected to happen this month.

GM Monreal cited that prior to the construction of the new taxiway it takes more than an hour before an aircraft could take off on runway 13/31, but now it could possibly take only about 30 minutes with the new taxiway.

“Dati kasi ang nga flights kasi galing Terminal 3 at Terminal 2 pag nagtake-off po sa domestic runway yung maiiksi natin umiikot sila hanggang dulo sa harap ng Terminal 4,” Monreal said.

“Ngayon hindi na sila iikot doon. Mayroon tayong parang tinatawag na bypass taxiway na para pagdating dun sa area na yun kakaliwa sila derecho take off na so hindi na maabala yung movement ng terminal 4,” he added.

The construction of the runway was conducted during the strict quarantine that is why flight operations were not hampered.

Meanwhile, airport officials also completed the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 2 to accomodate more passengers.

“So lumuwag po ang departure area, pre-departure area ng International area. Sa labas naman makikita ninyo meron tayong extra space na nakuha para magamit ng mga pasahero na aalis ng bansa. Lumaki yung check in counter. Nakadagdag tayo ng security screening kasi dati yun ang nagiging reklamo na medyo mahaba ang pila sa labas,” Monreal noted.

Although the rehabilitation was completed, MIAA said that bidding for the upgrade of terminals is yet to be decided. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

75 poker chip sets, other gambling paraphernalia seized at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted 38 parcels with 75 poker chip-sets and other gambling paraphernalia imported in the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC). 

The seizure, held in coordination with the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), discovered the said gambling items without the required permit from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Thru the vigilance of BOC-NAIA frontliners, Customs Intelligence & Investigation Service (CIIS-NAIA), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS-NAIA), X-ray Inspection Project (XIP-NAIA), shipments were apprehended in violation of Section 119 (b) of the R.A. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The intercepted poker sets, dealer chips, and other gambling paraphernalia shall be turned over to the Auction and Cargo Disposal Division for safe keeping pending seizure and forfeiture proceedings.

After the finality of Decision of Forfeiture, the forfeited gambling paraphernalia shall be turned over to PAGCOR pursuant to Section 1147 (b) of the CMTA (Disposition of gambling outfits, apparatus, paraphernalia).

The operation is in line with the BOC’s intensified enforcement and prosecution of smuggling drives spearheaded by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

Duterte tells DOTr to put more seats at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the plight of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) crowding the premises of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

He has ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to provide additional resting areas and chairs for waiting passengers. 

In the past weeks, thousands of LSIs flocked the premises of NAIA hoping for their flights to proceed.

“Walang maupuan. Iilan lang ang upuan. Kapag may flights nagpatong-patong, ang iba nakatindig. What’s really worse is that mayroong restaurant sa labas na malaki,” the President told Tugade during the late night briefing on Tuesday (June 30).

(There are not enough seats. When there are flights, people would crowd and some are forced to stand. The worst part is, there’s a huge restaurant outside.)

Paalisin mo ang restaurant. Lagyan ng upuan kasi ang mga buntis, mga bata, walang upuan,” he added.

(Remove the restaurant. Put more seats because pregnant women and children have nowhere to sit.)

Meanwhile, the President asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to provide for the needs of LSIs outside the airport premises. 

Gather all na naghihintay ng walang matulugan, walang matirhan at nandiyan sa labas ng NAIA,” he told Año.

(Gather all those who have no place to stay and are just staying outside of NAIA.)

“You will be transported to a place. I will pay. Just bill me [including food],” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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