Several flights in Cebu Pacific cancelled

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2019   •   3925

Cebu Pacific was forced to cancel 44 domestic flights scheduled from April 28-30.

Based on the released advisory on Sunday (April 28), Cebu Pacific management said they need to temporarily reduce the number of flights due to the current operating conditions, particularly in their Manila hub in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Efforts have been made to minimize the disruption to our passengers in the past week. However, we realize that current operating conditions, particularly in our Manila hub, necessitate a temporary reduction of flights,” the advisory reads.

APRIL 28

  • 5J325/5J326 Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J655/5J656 Manila-Tacloban-Manila
  • 5J979/5J980 Manila-Davao-Manila
  • 5J471/5J472 Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J861/5J862 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J467/5J468 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J631/5J632 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396 Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

 APRIL 29

  • DG6657 Cebu-Zamboanga
  • DG6989 Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi
  • DG6990 Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga
  • DG6658 Zamboanga-Cebu
  • 5J791/5J792 Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J705/5J706 Manila-Dipolog-Manila
  • DG6503/DG6504 Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J991/5J992 Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J641/5J642 Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila

APRIL 30

  • DG6416/DG6417 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu
  • DG6573/DG6574 Cebu-Tacloban-Cebu
  • DG6603/DG6604 Cebu-Dipolog-Cebu
  • 5J781/5J782 Manila-Ozamiz-Manila
  • 5J551/5J552 Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J373/5J374 Manila-Roxas-Manila
  • 5J513/5J514 Manila-San Jose-Manila

The airline added that passengers may rebook their flights free of charge, as long as it is within 30 days from the original flight schedule.

Passengers on cancelled flights may take any of the following options:

1. Rebook flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date, free of charge
2. Get a full refund
3. Place the full cost of the ticket in a Travel Fund
4. Re-route to / from alternate airports for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats

“These flight cancellations should help stabilize flight timings, improve on time performance and reduce inconvenience to our passengers,” according to the statement.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

NAIA runway upgrade to aid swift delivery of vaccines

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The upgraded runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can now be used for domestic flights following its yearlong rehabilitation.

The runway will also aid the swift delivery of vaccines in the country. 

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) led the inauguration of the rehabilitated and upgraded runway 13/31 in NAIA on Tuesday (February 16).

The department was able to finish the repair and overlay of the runway which include the repair of deteriorated asphalt pavement areas and the entire runway to assure the aircraft’s safe landing and take off.

Apart from the upgraded runway, a newly-constructed taxiway was also inaugurated to manage air traffic and to address aircraft congestion on the ground.

According to MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal, this will also benefit the anticipated volume arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country that is expected to happen this month.

GM Monreal cited that prior to the construction of the new taxiway it takes more than an hour before an aircraft could take off on runway 13/31, but now it could possibly take only about 30 minutes with the new taxiway.

“Dati kasi ang nga flights kasi galing Terminal 3 at Terminal 2 pag nagtake-off po sa domestic runway yung maiiksi natin umiikot sila hanggang dulo sa harap ng Terminal 4,” Monreal said.

“Ngayon hindi na sila iikot doon. Mayroon tayong parang tinatawag na bypass taxiway na para pagdating dun sa area na yun kakaliwa sila derecho take off na so hindi na maabala yung movement ng terminal 4,” he added.

The construction of the runway was conducted during the strict quarantine that is why flight operations were not hampered.

Meanwhile, airport officials also completed the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 2 to accomodate more passengers.

“So lumuwag po ang departure area, pre-departure area ng International area. Sa labas naman makikita ninyo meron tayong extra space na nakuha para magamit ng mga pasahero na aalis ng bansa. Lumaki yung check in counter. Nakadagdag tayo ng security screening kasi dati yun ang nagiging reklamo na medyo mahaba ang pila sa labas,” Monreal noted.

Although the rehabilitation was completed, MIAA said that bidding for the upgrade of terminals is yet to be decided. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

75 poker chip sets, other gambling paraphernalia seized at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted 38 parcels with 75 poker chip-sets and other gambling paraphernalia imported in the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC). 

The seizure, held in coordination with the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), discovered the said gambling items without the required permit from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Thru the vigilance of BOC-NAIA frontliners, Customs Intelligence & Investigation Service (CIIS-NAIA), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS-NAIA), X-ray Inspection Project (XIP-NAIA), shipments were apprehended in violation of Section 119 (b) of the R.A. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The intercepted poker sets, dealer chips, and other gambling paraphernalia shall be turned over to the Auction and Cargo Disposal Division for safe keeping pending seizure and forfeiture proceedings.

After the finality of Decision of Forfeiture, the forfeited gambling paraphernalia shall be turned over to PAGCOR pursuant to Section 1147 (b) of the CMTA (Disposition of gambling outfits, apparatus, paraphernalia).

The operation is in line with the BOC’s intensified enforcement and prosecution of smuggling drives spearheaded by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

Duterte tells DOTr to put more seats at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the plight of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) crowding the premises of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

He has ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to provide additional resting areas and chairs for waiting passengers. 

In the past weeks, thousands of LSIs flocked the premises of NAIA hoping for their flights to proceed.

“Walang maupuan. Iilan lang ang upuan. Kapag may flights nagpatong-patong, ang iba nakatindig. What’s really worse is that mayroong restaurant sa labas na malaki,” the President told Tugade during the late night briefing on Tuesday (June 30).

(There are not enough seats. When there are flights, people would crowd and some are forced to stand. The worst part is, there’s a huge restaurant outside.)

Paalisin mo ang restaurant. Lagyan ng upuan kasi ang mga buntis, mga bata, walang upuan,” he added.

(Remove the restaurant. Put more seats because pregnant women and children have nowhere to sit.)

Meanwhile, the President asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to provide for the needs of LSIs outside the airport premises. 

Gather all na naghihintay ng walang matulugan, walang matirhan at nandiyan sa labas ng NAIA,” he told Año.

(Gather all those who have no place to stay and are just staying outside of NAIA.)

“You will be transported to a place. I will pay. Just bill me [including food],” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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