NAIA passenger volume drops by 60% after travel ban
Aileen Cerrudo • February 13, 2020 • 601
The passenger volume at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has dropped by 60% after implementation of the travel ban due to COVID-19 threat.
On Thursday (February 13), almost 50 round trip flights in areas covered by the travel ban were cancelled.
Due to this, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Eddie Monreal asked local airline carriers to “prime up” their domestic flights.
“Marami tayong (We have a lot of) reduction in terms of frequency. We are asked to meet the local carriers to prime up the domestic tourism. Iyong extrang eroplano nila gamitin sa tourism (Their extra airplanes should be used for tourism),” he said.
Monreal said the local airlines will look into the said recommendation. He also said that increasing the frequency of domestic flights might help boost Philippine tourism amid the COVID-19 threat.
According to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), they might implement the additional domestic flights by next week. The CAB is currently waiting for the formal request of local airline carriers.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
An aircraft bound for Japan exploded at Runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday (March 29) at around 8:00 PM, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) confirmed in a statement.
The Lion Air West Wind 24 aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan was carrying eight passengers — three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion— on a medical evacuation mission.
It was about to take off when it suddenly caught fire then exploded, killing all eight people on board.
Immediately after the incident, the MIAA Fire and Rescue team were dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam.
The runway has been temporarily closed, as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now on site to determine the cause of the incident.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will move all remaining flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 starting March 28.
According to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal this aims to minimize the exposure of airport workers to the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) while ensuring continuous operations at NAIA, as per the instructions of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Beginning 0001H (12:01AM) of March 28, 2020, the following airlines will be operating to and from NAIA Terminal 1:
Gulf Air, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Hong Kong Air, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Royal Brunei, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Several foreign and local airlines have already ceased operations due to the imposed travel ban to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, MIAA vowed to continue sweeper flights at NAIA Terminal 2.
“Sweeper flights and repatriation flights to help foreign nationals return to their home countries, are jointly undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in collaboration with the embassies,” according to MIAA.
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