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

Marje Pelayo   •   August 17, 2018   •   4846

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

 

 

34 of 400 samples of pork products tested positive of African Swine Fever – BAI

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2019

Boxes of pork items from Poland intercepted in Cebu on June 27 | Courtesy: BAI

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has intercepted a number of pork products from Hong Kong and China at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in between June 19 to 28.

The items didn’t have sanitary and phytosanitary clearances from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and could have been infested by the deadly pig virus African Swine Fever (ASF).

China is one of the 19 countries from where entry of pork and pork-based products are banned.

From a total of 400 samples that BAI examined, 34 tested positive of ASF and these products could have caused infestation in the country’s hog industry if they were not intercepted.

Germany was the latest addition to the list of countries where entry of pork products to the Philippines was banned.

Though there were no reports yet of ASF-infestation in Germany, the Philippines included it in the list after a German company exported pork products to the Philippines along with some 250 kilograms of pork from ASF-hit Poland.

The said shipment was intercepted in Cebu on June 27 which included 27 boxes of pork items from Poland.

That incident, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, was a clear violation of the country’s Quarantine Law thus resulting in the ban of pork products from Germany.

“Nakikiusap ako.(‘Im appealing to you) Please understand, these are extraordinary times. We cannot take the risk,” Secretary Piñol said.

“Kasi tingnan mo, Germany napaka-respectable na bansa nyan. It’s export country known for its high standards, nasingitan tayo, (You see Germany is a highly respected country. It’s exports are known for its high standards but some banned (pork) slip past their screening,)” he explained.

Piñol stressed that ASF infestation would compromise the country’s P260-B worth of hog industry.

Some of the Philippines’ neighboring countries have already declared an outbreak of ASF such as Vietnam and Cambodia.

In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked store owners to self-recall pork products from China that covers those manufactured since the start of the import ban.

Still, Piñol assures the Philippines’ hog industry remains ASF free. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

MIAA mulls over permanent banning of white taxis in NAIA

Maris Federez   •   May 9, 2019

The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City. (Image grabbed from commons.wikimedia.org)

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is seriously considering to permanently ban white taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

This, following the capture of the taxi driver who has gone viral on social media for overcharging two foreign YouTube vloggers.

In a phone interview on Thursday (May 9), MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the move will prevent complaints against abusive drivers of white taxis at the airport from multiplying.

In 2018 alone, more than 300 complaints were filed against white taxis in NAIA.

In January to April this year, MIAA has recorded at least 56 complaints against abusive drivers at the airport.

This is why on Monday (May 6), MIAA started banning white taxis from entering Terminal 1, on a two-week trial basis.

“Pagka dumating ang panahon at naging successful itong ginagawa natin sa Terminal 1, pag-aaralan naman natin ang Terminal 2 kung pwedeng ituloy. Pagka maganda ang resulta at walang naging inconvenience sa mga pasahero, gagawin natin yun [When the time comes and what we’re doing in Terminal 1 succeeds, then we’ll see if we can do it also inTerminal 2. If the result is good and there had been no inconvenience to the passengers, then we will do it],” Monreal added.

The authorities now have been encouraging passengers to ride on accredited yellow taxis, airport buses, and transport network vehicle services at the airport.

MIAA added that they will gradually rid the airport off white taxis so that passengers will not be inconvenienced further. (with report from Joan Nano) /mbmf

BI operations in airports now back to normal after Lent, earthquake

Maris Federez   •   April 29, 2019

A passenger passing thru one of NAIA’s E-gates.

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) operations in major airports are now back to normal following the surge in the volume of passengers during the Holy Week break and the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit the Central Luzon on April 22.

This was announced by Bi port operations division chief Grifton Medina on Sunday (April 28), adding that the agency’s operations in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Clark International Airport (CIA) have already normalized.

“Immigration operations at Clark airport are now back to normal after we resumed full operation on Wednesday following the closure due to earthquake damage,” Medina added.

The BI official also reported that they were able to effectively managed the influx of passengers, including the ones diverted from the CIA, because of the implementation of the personnel augmentation scheme, and the fully functional electronic gates at the airports.

“I’d like to commend our immigration officers in the frontlines for maintaining vigilance and professionalism during the past weeks. Rest assured that we will strive to be a more efficient bureau in the coming years,” he added.

Mediana further said that the immigration officers who were part of the augmentation scheme are now back to the BI main office and other immigration field and satellite offices.

Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that he has ordered the collection of in-kind donations from their employees for the recent earthquake victims.

He said the BI offices in Clark and Angeles will serve as the repository of donations from employees. He had also sent several bureau personnel to assist in the relief efforts.

“We have likewise sent men to assist in the relief efforts. We will be extending help wherever possible,” he noted.  –Maris Federez

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