NAIA reopens for recovery flights; normal ops to resume 11 p.m. Dec. 3 – MIAA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019   •   154

(FILE) Travelers and airport porters are seen in front of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal One in Paranaque City, Philippines.  EPA-EFE FRANCIS MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were reopened at 6 p.m. on Tuesday following its temporary closure due to the effects of typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri).

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they decided to reopen the airport ahead of schedule after consulting with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in view of the improving weather condition.

With NAIA runways’ reopening, Monreal said domestic carriers were allowed to bring back to Manila all their aircraft that were preemptively evacuated to other local airports due to the typhoon.

From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the MIAA official said they are expecting to receive 53 aircraft returning from local airports.

Of this number, eight are from the Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, 30 from Cebu Pacific and 15 from Air Asia.

“We have 84 slots available so that these aircraft can be accommodated. The reason we allowed this scenario is to ensure that the majority of the flights will be operated by tomorrow,” Monreal said.

The MIAA chief added that at 11 p.m., regular flight operations will resume at NAIA.

However, the daily maintenance closure of NAIA’s runway from 1:30 AM to 3:30 AM remains suspended to accommodate flights affected by the 11 AM to 11 PM closure, provided they have approved recovery slots from the MIAA.

Monreal has reminded airline operators to be ready for recovery operations and to advise their handling agents to maximize the deployment of people to service all requirements.

He also reiterated his appeal to airline passengers not to go to the airport unless they have confirmed bookings.

He also advised passengers to contact their flight carriers for proper guidance about rebooking procedures.

NAIA, the country’s main gateway, was shut down earlier in anticipation of the effects of the typhoon.

Metro Manila is still under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 as ‘Tisoy’ continues to move west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph).

‘Tisoy’ was last spotted at 145 kilometers north of Coron, Palawan, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

According to PAGASA’s 8 p.m. severe weather bulletin, the typhoon has maintained strength as it moves over Mindoro strait.

It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon.

BOC seizes P1.6-M worth of high-grade marijuana at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted 973 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana at the Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on December 6.

The suspected high-grade marijuana came from the United States and has an estimated value of P1.6 million.

According to a statement by the BOC on their social media, the parcel declared as “Marvel Comic and Child Sleeping Bag” was intercepted by NAIA customs frontliners and operatives in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“The apprehended item was consigned to a certain individual from Taguig city and was found to contain three (3) vacuum sealed pouches of suspected Kush weed. The suspect was apprehended while claiming the said parcel,” the BOC reported.

“The suspect shall undergo inquest proceedings for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act,” the BOC added.—AAC

NAIA Terminals closed for 12 hours on Dec. 3 due to ‘Tisoy’

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – All terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be closed for 12 hours on Dec. 3, Tuesday, in anticipation of the inclement weather brought about by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri).

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) made the announcement during a press briefing on Monday. A separate advisory was issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

MIAA said the airport closure from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday is part of its measures to ensure the safety of air passengers ahead of the onslaught of ‘Tisoy’.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal appealed to passengers to stay in their homes and to avoid going to airports. They are also urged to coordinate with their carriers for flight schedules.

“Once flight operations resume, priority will be given to scheduled flights. Recovery flights will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis,” the DOTr said in its advisory.

“For an orderly succession of flights, recovery flights must have prior approval from the MIAA authority,” it added.

The department said regular runway maintenance, which is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 a.m. will also be suspended for three more days after resumption of flights to give way to recovery flights.

Based on latest weather update from PAGASA, typhoon ‘Tisoy’ was last seen at 90 kilometers per hour east of Juban, Sorsogon.

It is now bringing violent winds to northern Samar and is expected to make landfall over Sorsogon within the next three hours.

PAGASA said ‘Tisoy’ may bring possible storm surges over three meters high in several coastal areas in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur as well as in Batangas, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro.

Between Monday night and Tuesday morning, frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains are expected in parts of Bicol region, Samar, Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon as well as in Laguna and Oriental Mindoro.

Moderate to intermittent heavy rains will be felt over Metro Manila, Occidental Mindoro, rest of CALABARZON, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and the rest of Eastern Visayas.

Between Tuesday morning and evening, PAGASA said frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains will be experienced over Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and Romblon.

Occasional to frequent heavy rains will prevail over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Calamian Islands; while intermittent heavy rains over Aklan, Capiz, and northern Antique.

‘Tisoy’ is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon.

4 Chinese with fake Paraguay passports intercepted at NAIA – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it has intercepted four Chinese nationals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to enter the country with fake Paraguayan passports.

The BI said the foreigners were stopped at the NAIA Terminal 3 last November 18 upon their arrival from Dubai.

The bureau identified the travelers as Chen Zhijian, Wang Wenjie, Wang Anding, and Wang Mingdi.

The male travelers caught the suspicion of immigration officials when they presented Paraguay passports but were unable to converse even in basic Spanish, which is the language used in Paraguay.

The bureau added that the four also failed to show any other identification documents proving their citizenship in Paraguay.

Examinations conducted by the BI’s forensic documents laboratory confirmed that said Paraguayan passports were all counterfeit.

The BI said that the foreigners later confessed their true nationality and surrendered the Chinese passports which were hidden in their luggage.

The bureau said that three of the travelers were immediately issued exclusion orders and were sent home on the first available flight.

The other foreigner was turned over to the BI’s Legal Division for the initiation of deportation proceedings after he was found to have a valid special retiree’s resident visa

“All four shall be included in the BI’s blacklist to prevent them from re-entering the Philippines,” the BI said.


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