BI to field additional 160 officers at NAIA 3

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Delta Airlines has moved its operation from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3 to reduce decongesion at the country’s premier airport. It began the transfer on Thursday. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Delta Airlines has moved its operation from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3 to reduce decongesion at the country’s premier airport. It began the transfer on Thursday. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deploy an additional 160 immigration personnel as five major airlines are set to transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3.

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The Terminal  3 head, Mary Ann Velasco, on Thursday said the  additional immigration officers will beef up existing personnel for the expected influx of travelers at  the terminal.

“We have augmented our existing manpower complement in NAIA 3 to properly meet the influx of passengers from additional flights,” Velasco added.

To be deployed are immigration officers, intelligence agents, security personnel and administrative staff.

The deployment, as well as arrival of new equipment in August,  coincides with  the airlines’ transfer from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.

BI chief Siegfred Mison said  the new immigration officers will have completed the six-week immigration officers’ course by the time of the transfer of all five airlines.

He added that he is confident that a group of “highly trained and professional immigration officers” will soon strengthen the ranks of airport staff  at Terminal 3.

Mison said  the first  scheduled  flights  that moved  to  Terminal 3  were  Delta  Air  Lines flights  DL473  and  DL629 that had arrived  from  Narita  and Nagoya, both in Japan, also on Thursday.

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