International flights must be transferred out of Metro Manila – House Speaker

admin   •   March 9, 2017   •   3249

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Manila International Airports Authority (MIAA) admit that the volume of international and domestic operations at airport terminals in Metro Manila continues to increase.

This is why construction of new airport terminals has been recommended.

CAAP Deputy Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo said, “There is a continuous increase in the number of flights in our airlines especially among the local carriers and international carriers, they are applying.”

MIAA Assitant General Manager for Operations Octavio Lina said, “With the huge volume of domestic operations in Cebu pacific that operate in terminal 3, it will still not suffice even if we transfer them to terminal 1.”

Based on MIAA’s data, domestic passengers reached 20.5 million while international passengers totalled to almost 19 million in 2016.

Thus, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the airports in neighboring areas of Metro Manila shall be used.

These include Sangley airport in Cavite and Clark Airport in Pampanga where all international flights in Metro Manila should be moved.

Speaker Alvarez said, “Manila operations, I think it’s better if we give more importance to domestic flights because you want flights from provinces to be there very soon.”

At present, according to CAAP, there are six to seven international carriers in Clark Airport and they continue to have discussions with other airlines.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation is studying the proposal to make Sangley airport an international hub to ease runway and terminal congestions at Manila airport terminals. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

4 foreign destinations require travelers from PH to present negative COVID-19 test result

Marje Pelayo   •   July 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) advises passengers coming from the Philippines of the additional requirements that some foreign destinations require.

Starting Tuesday (July 21), the following international destinations will ask incoming passengers from the Philippines to present a COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) negative-test result/ certification:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea

The MIAA reminds passengers that only certifications issued by the respective airline’s accredited testing institutions will be accepted before travelers are allowed to board flights.

The agency advises all affected passengers to get in touch with their respective airline carriers to get the details on the implementation of the new regulation.

Passengers without the required negative PCR test certification may not be allowed to check-in for their flights even if they have confirmed bookings.

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LIST: Airports allowed to resume commercial flights as of July 19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 32 airports in the country have received clearance from their respective local government units (LGUs) to resume commercial flight operations as of Sunday (July 19).

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reminds travelers, however, some airports, while allowed to open for commercial flights, are still subject to different documentary and passenger restrictions set by the LGUs.

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MIAA sets up tents for LSIs at NAIA Terminal 3

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has set up makeshift tents at the social hall of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to provide comfort and convenience to locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) currently lodged at the airport waiting for their flights.

The 28 tents are the initial set from 100 tents that MIAA plans to set up for LSIs at the airport under the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Additional tents are expected to be established soon.

Apart from temporary shelters, MIAA also provided a dedicated shower area at the airport’s parking lot, for the exclusive use of LSIs.

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