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)

Young doctor among 8 fatalities in medical evacuation plane crash at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A medical evacuation plane burst into flames shortly while taking off at Runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening (March 29).

The flight carrying eight passengers, including an American and a Canadian national, was bound for Haneda in Japan.

“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.

MIAA said the runway has been temporarily closed while the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines carries out an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Reports said the flight was carrying a Canadian patient and a companion; a doctor and a nurse.

The Manila Public Information Office citing PLM President Noel Leyco revealed the identity of the doctor who perished in the accident.

In her Facebook post, Nicko’s sister, singer-songwriter Ria Bautista, confirmed that her younger brother, Cenover Nicandro “Nicko” Baustista was among the eight crash victims.

“I lost my brother on that flight. No words can describe how devastating it is to lose a family member in such a horrific way. How do you process something like this,” she said.

She posted her brother’s last post prior to the tragedy and hailed the efforts of his brother and all of the front liners in the battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“He fought like a hero and I can only hope that his fight would not be in vain,” she concluded.

8 killed as medical evacuation plane explodes on NAIA runaway

UNTV News   •   March 30, 2020

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.

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MIAA to move remaining flights to NAIA Terminal 1 starting March 28

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

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.

From Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA Facebook post

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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