Major destinations fully-booked for the long holiday
admin • March 27, 2015 • 3634
FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane taking off at NAIA Terminal 2 runway. (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines – Airline tickets to popular destinations in the country were sold out in anticipation of the long holiday.
For this reason, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is preparing for the heavy rush of passengers to the airports.
About 100,000 passengers go to the four airports in Metro Manila everyday, and this number is expected to go up by 10% to 15%, an equivalent of 5,000 to 10,000 passengers in the coming days.
Airport officials assured that what happened in December will not happen again, when many flights were delayed and cancelled due to congestion.
The MIAA has coordinated with airline companies to do everything to avoid problems for passengers who will be travelling to the provinces.
According to MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, it was found out that in the first wave of airplane flights from 4:00am to 7:00am, only 12 of 21 flights leave on time.
“We really have delays due to many flights,” he said.
All passengers were advised to allot a four-hour allowance for traffic to avoid missing their flights because according to MMDA, the DPWH will start the five road re-blocking projects on Friday in Metro Manila which can cause traffic buildup.
Wednesdays bring the most number of passengers because they prefer that day. So the re-blocking should not be done on a Wednesday.
Marlyn Sulayaw, a passenger, was in a hurry because she did not want to miss her flight but was delayed nevertheless because of the weight of her luggage.
She had to unload some of the contents of her bag to avoid paying charges when she checks in.
“I removed some of the things so that between my hand-carried bag and check-in bag, the weight is balanced. I don’t want to pay extra charges,” she said.
MIAA is planning to coordinate with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to penalize airline companies that are notorious for long delays. (Mon Jocson / UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has once again cut down the number of arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as a consequence of the Philippine Red Cross’ decision to stop its swab testing service to returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Thousands of repatriated OFWs remain in quarantine facilities in Metro Manila, desperately waiting for the results of their swab tests.
One of them is Harlene Gariando who used to work as a household worker in Singapore but after a conflict with her employer, she decided to return home on October 18.
It has been four days since she arrived but until today, she is not certain as to when she will be able to get her swab test result.
“Madali na po sana ang resulta para kami pong mga naghihintay dito ay makauwi na rin sa aming mga mahal sa buhay [We hope the result would come out soon so we could go home to our families],” she said.
“Sana malaman po kaagad ng maaga kasi para hindi rin po nagaalala yung mga mahal namin sa buhay rin po [The results should be made available soon so our families will not worry],” she added.
MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal said they have to minimize the number of arrivals once again to make sure that the government’s One-Stop-Shop will be able to accommodate all returning OFWs.
“Ang challenge po ay nasa One Stop Shop being manned by Coast Guard and pagdating nung mga kababayan natin limitado po ang kapasidad ngayon sa pagte-test [The challenge now is with the One-Stop-Shop being manned by the Coast Guard because the swab testing at present is limited as compared to the arriving OFWs],” Monreal said.
“As far as the airport is concern, kami po sa paliparan wala po kaming nakikitang problema except for those reduction po na maapektuhan ang pagparating ng ating mga kababayan [As far as the airport is concerned, we don’t have any problem except for the arriving OFWs who will be affected by the reduction of flights],” he added.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), meanwhile, is trying to replicate the process of the PRC when it comes to swab testing, one is to allow online registration prior to the OFWs return flight.
“Kasi iyong E-CIF di ba bago pa pumunta dito sa Pilipinas, three days before nirerequire na natin noon in coordination with the Red Cross na magpirma na nung CIF [The process with E-CIF, three days before they arrive in the Philippines they are required to sign a CIF with Red Cross],” explained Commodore Armand Balilo, PCG’s Spokesperson.
“Para pagdating dito dere-derecho ang pila. Pupunta lang sa counter ng Coast Guard tapos isa-swab [So when they arrive, they just fall in line. They just go straight to the Coast Guard’s counter and there they will be swabbed],” he added.
At present, the PCG has partnered with 12 government hospitals to where the specimens of OFW are forwarded.
The agency also employed more IT personnel to speed up the encoding of data.
PCG explained that OFWs may request to speed up the processing of their swab tests. They may either pay P3,5000 to the PRC or they may prefer to have their swab test taken in private hospitals but they have to pay as much as P10,000 for it.
The PCG is hoping that the PRC will resume its service the soonest especially with the expected surge of returning OFWs by the end of the year. –MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
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:
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.
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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