MIAA, CAAP to defer airline charges amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 9, 2020   •   599

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will defer airline charges amid the COVID-19 threat.

The CAAP and MIAA had been instructed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to defer payment for take-off, landing, and parking fees of local airlines.

This is amid the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the airline industry.

In a statement on Facebook, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the government needs to extend its arms due to the COVID-19 threat.

Both MIAA and CAAP have stressed that the decision was made to extend help to airlines amid the decrease of airline passengers, and flights due to COVID-19.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said local airlines operating under CAAP will save P37-million a month in terms of deferred take-off, landing, and parking fees.

“The airlines will pay the deferred charges once the COVID-19 threat in the country is lifted,” according to the DOTr statement.—AAC

NAIA Terminal 3 prepares as international flights resume on Wednesday

Maris Federez   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 confirms its readiness for the resumption of international flights on Wednesday (July 8).

The resumption of international flight operations, however, will still be at limited capacity in compliance with the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on the allowable number of passenger arrivals.

The IATF-MEID directive said the total number of arriving passengers on international flights must not go beyond 2,400 per day.

Half of this number is allotted to repatriated Filipinos, while the rest are for passengers from commercial flights.

Airport authorities said operations at Terminal 1 are once again transferred to Terminal 3 as the volume of passengers in international commercial flights continues to increase due to the easing of travel restrictions of other countries.

As part of the preparations, Manila International Airport (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal personally inspected the terminal 3 to check if the additional chairs to be placed near the check in counters at the departure area are complete.

Health and safety protocols, such as wearing of face masks and physical distancing inside the airport are still strictly implemented. —(from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

LIST: 18 airports with commercial flights as of June 21

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reminds travelers that there are now 18 airports across the country which offer commercial flights as of Sunday (June 21).

This, after some local government units (LGUs) allowed the commercial operation of airports in their respective areas.

The agency advises the public, however, to check on the different documentary requirements and passenger restrictions that each specific LGU requires.

CAAP stressed that the resumption of regular commercial flights still depends on coordination and conditions imposed by LGUs.

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Balik-operasyon ng mga paliparan sa Western Visayas sa June 16, pinaghahandaan na ng CAAP

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2020

Todong paghahanda ang ginagawa ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) para sa inaasahang pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga paliparan sa Western Visayas sa June 16.

Kasabay ng pagbubukas ng mga paliparan, papayagan na rin ang commercial flights bagama’t limitado lang ang kapasidad nito.

Ngayong Lunes, nagsagawa ng simulation ang CAAP sa Roxas Airport sa Capiz para sa mga bagong protocol na ipatutupad sa paliparan.

Kabilang na dito ang pag-check sa temperature ng lahat ng papasok sa pasilidad; pagsusuot ng face mask, pagpapatupad ng physical distancing at malimit na disinfection upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Magpapatupad rin ng non-contact system para sa security check; at maglalagay ng decontamination areas, hand-washing spaces at foot baths sa airport terminals at parking areas.

Kahalintulad na hakbang rin ang planong ipatupad sa Godofredo P. Ramos Airport sa Aklan, Evelio Javier Airport sa Antique, at sa Iloilo International Airport.

Sa Bacolod-Silay Airport naman, ilang thermal scanners na ang inilagay upang mas mabilis ang pagkuha ng temperatura sa mga pasahero.

Gagawin ring regulated ang flights upang maiwasan ang crowding o pagdagsa ng mga pasahero sa airport terminals.

Ayon sa CAAP, isang simulation rin ang isasagawa nila bukas ng umaga sa Kalibo International Airport.

Sinabi ng ahensya na ang bagong prosesong ito ay upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng COVID-19 cases lalo na at inaasahan ang paguwi ng maraming overseas Filipino workers na sumailalim sa quarantine pati na ng mga residenteng inabutan ng community quarantine sa ibang lugar.

Simula noong June 1, nasa ilalim na ng modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) ang ilang lugar sa Western Visayas, kabilang na ang Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental at Bacolod City.

Sa ilalim ng MGCQ, pinapayagan na ang pagbubukas ng mas maraming negosyo at opisina ngunit limitado lamang ang operasyon at workforce at dapat ay nakakasunod sa minimum helath standards na itinakda ng pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

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