Business unusual at NAIA

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THE meeting of world leaders in Manila had greatly affected passengers and operators of public transport at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

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A foreign passenger who arrived at Terminal 1 who had a connecting flight to NAIA 2 said he would pay P3,000 to anyone who would produce a car that would bring him to terminal 2.

Other passengers, mostly elders, had to walk from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 because of the heavy traffic. Some hired motorcycles to drive them from one terminal to the other and had to pay P100 for each bag that they carried.

Shops and other businesses inside the terminals also reported dropping sales.

Even Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced its losses because of the summit.

“PAL’s foregone or lost revenue due to APEC cancellations is approximately 18.7 million US dollars. PAL’s gross revenue per day is an estimated $7.5 million. The airline operates an estimated 260 flights a day,” PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.

She added that close to 700 cancellations “represent more or less 2.5 days of operation.”
Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) meanwhile estimated that it lost P400 million from flight cancellations.

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