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MIAA and LTFRB to impose stiffer penalties for “colorum” and abusive taxi drivers at NAIA

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — “Colorum” taxis and abusive taxi drivers are the common problems passengers face at the terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Based on the figures of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the airport police apprehend about 400 abusive cab drivers and two colorum taxis every month.

This prompted the MIAA to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising or Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in stopping the illegal activities that taint the image of the Philippines.

Through an agreement signed by the two agencies, the LTRFRB and MIAA will tighten the monitoring of taxis conveying passengers from NAIA.

Taxi drivers found contracting passengers, as well those driving colorum cabs will face heavier penalties.

From the previous P1,000 fine on drivers of colorum taxis, it will now increase to P120,000 and three-month suspension, similar to what the LTRFRB imposes on other areas in Metro Manila.

In the past, cab drivers were banned from entering NAIA if found contracting fares from passengers. This time, violators will be prohibited from operating in the entire vicinity of the airport.

“So that when our compatriots or tourists arrive here, they would see that our airports are really show windows. I hope this abusive taxi drivers would stop, because we will not tolerate them,” MIAA general manager, Eddie Monreal said.

Earlier, the LTFRB deployed eight traffic law enforcers at NAIA and immediately inspected all the cabs parked at the airport.

The LTFRB and MIAA appealed to passengers anew to stop patronizing colorum and abusive taxi drivers operating at NAIA.

When encountering such drivers, authorities advice passengers to immediately report them to LTFRB or to the airport police and traffic law enforcers deployed at the airport.

LTFRB chairman, Atty. Martin Delgra III said, “When your rights are being abused, assert your right so the abusive cab driver will also be shocked. Because many of those who have been victimized have not asserted their rights.”

For any complaints or information about the matter, the public may coordinate with transport and airport authorities via the hotline numbers or social media accounts of LTRFB and MIAA. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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LOOK: Passengers crowd NAIA after 6.1 quake shuts down Clark International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

A huge throng of passengers crowded the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday (April 23) after several flights were delayed due to the transfer of some flights from Clark International Airport to NAIA.

Clark International Airport has been shut down for 24 hours after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Central Luzon on Monday (April 22).

📷 Rodel Lumiares | PVI

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Airport authorities brace for Lenten week exodus

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

File photo | Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.

Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.

In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.

Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.

Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.

Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.

The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.

The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.

A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.

Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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‘No Leave, No Day-Off’ for airport staff this Lenten holiday

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced on Thursday (April 4) that it will start implementing Oplan Biyaheng Ayos in preparation for the influx of airline passengers this Lenten week.

In line with this, the agency will add security measures in all 44 commercial airports in the country to ensure safe, reliable and convenient operations from April 8 to 25.

Likewise, all managers handling operations in all 40-CAAP managed airports with commercial flights have been asked to implement maximum deployment of service and security personnel.

This means that all airport staff are required to comply with the “no leave and day-off” policy all throughout the duration of Oplan Byaheng Ayos.

CAAP noted that they are now in close coordination with the Office of the Transport Security for baggage screenings to ensure that no illegal items will be brought inside the airport premises.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group has already been coordinated for perimeter security and surveillance in airports.

The agency also ordered the setting up of help desks to address passengers’ concerns.

The CAAP reminded passengers, meanwhile, to avoid bringing prohibited items to avoid inconveniences during flights.

In April last year, the country’s airports welcomed around 5.5 million domestic and international passengers, three million of which used the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City. – Marje Pelayo

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