DOTr warns airliners of stiffer sanctions for airport slot misuse

Robie de Guzman   •   June 20, 2019   •   1737

FILE PHOTO: Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – Airline operators at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) who misuse their slots will face stiffer sanctions, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the DOTr said this is following the signing of Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2019-01 by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla.

The circular was noted by DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo.

DOTR AIR SECTOR PRIMES STRICTER SANCTIONS FOR AIRPORT SLOT MISUSEAirline operators at the Ninoy Aquino International…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The DOTr said the JMC 2019-01 aims for the efficient utilization of airport slots to help decongest NAIA.

Under the circular, the definition of slot misuse has been expanded to cover the holding of slots that the airline does not intend to operate, as well as the holding of slots for an operation other than planned for the purpose of denying capacity to another aircraft operator.

“Also constituting slot misuse are the requisition of new slots that the airline does not intend to operate, and the requisition of slots for an operation other than indicated with the intention of gaining improved priority,” the statement read.

The DOTr said that under the circular, the Timeslot Committee (TC) will review the slot coordinator’s findings of the slot monitoring performance of airlines.

A disciplinary action will be initiated by the slot coordinator against an airline that intentionally misuses its allocated slots.

The agency said an airline that operates services without the corresponding timeslots, on a regular basis, will not be entitled to historical precedence for either the actual times they operated or for the allocated times.

The DOTr further said that an airline that continues to misuse or inefficiently use timeslots may be relegated to a lower priority in future slot allocations.

“If an airline, despite being sanctioned, continues to misuse or inefficiently use timeslots, the TC shall have the authority to recall slot approval and/or suspend or cancel slot allocations of the erring airline,” the DOTr said.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade commended MIAA, CAAP and CAB on the issuance of the JMC, noting that it is high time for airlines to take responsibility.

“Landing on an airport is a privilege. To intentionally disregard the value of these airport slots is unethical, and an aggravation to the current state of congestion at NAIA. We have to recognize the domino effects of these slot misuses, which ultimately result in the massive inconvenience to our air passengers,” Tugade said.

The DOTr said in the recent years a substantial increase in the number of passengers, flights, and airport slots per hour at the NAIA, resulting in a compounded state of congestion.

Before 2016, NAIA passenger traffic stood at 36.5 million. The figure swelled to 45 million, or an increase of 8.4 million passengers or 23.08%, by 2018, according to the DOTr.

During the same period, the number of flights also grew by over 14,000 (5.75%). Consequently, airport slots per hour increased by 22.2% from 36 to 44.

JMC 2019-01 is an expansion of the scope of efficient use of slots under JMC 2016-01 signed by the same agencies in July 2016 to ease airline congestion at the four terminals of NAIA.

BOC seizes P1.6-M worth of high-grade marijuana at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted 973 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana at the Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on December 6.

The suspected high-grade marijuana came from the United States and has an estimated value of P1.6 million.

According to a statement by the BOC on their social media, the parcel declared as “Marvel Comic and Child Sleeping Bag” was intercepted by NAIA customs frontliners and operatives in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“The apprehended item was consigned to a certain individual from Taguig city and was found to contain three (3) vacuum sealed pouches of suspected Kush weed. The suspect was apprehended while claiming the said parcel,” the BOC reported.

“The suspect shall undergo inquest proceedings for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act,” the BOC added.—AAC

Normal operations resume at NAIA after 12-hour closure

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2019

(FILE) Passengers enter Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Passenger Terminal 3 located in a suburban city in Manila, Philippines on 07 February 2013. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – It’s business as usual again at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday (December 4) after a 12-hour closure due to the inclement weather brought about by now severe tropical storm Tisoy.

The country’s premier gateway was temporarily closed from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Tuesday which led to cancellations of several international and domestic flights.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal reiterates his call on affected passengers to coordinate with their respective airline carriers for rebooking or refunding of tickets.

Unless flight changes are properly coordinated, passengers are advised not to proceed to NAIA to avoid congestion in terminals and to minimize the volume of stranded passengers at the airport. MNP (with inputs from Vincent Arboleda)

BI: Wanted Canadian-American rape suspect arrested at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reported the arrest of a Canadian-American man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic more than a year ago.

Authorities identified the man as 54-year-old Fouad Bounab. He arrived Saturday (November 9) night at NAIA 3 terminal aboard an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Atty. Rommel Tacorda, who heads the BI’s border control and intelligence unit (BCIU), disclosed that Bounab is on the wanted list of the Interpol which earlier issued a red notice against him.

“He fled to Malaysia to evade prosecution for his crime. Fortunately, our counterparts in Malaysia were able to trace his whereabouts and he was arrested and brought back to Manila,” he said.

According to the BI, Bounab allegedly lured his minor victim to have sex with him through social media for the purpose of prostitution and sexual exploitation.

A warrant of arrest was issued by Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Gemma Logronio on July 8 this year against Bounab.—AAC

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