Concerned government agencies and airlines are set to meet on Wednesday (Jan 7) to obtain information as to the revision preferences being considered by passengers who will be affected or the airlines’ plan to implement revised schedules, if any, during the Papal Visit.
To recall, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has earlier reminded its passengers with flights arriving on Jan 15 and 19 to contact their airline or travel agents for their revised flight plans.
“As we have earlier announced, there will be no flights arriving in all NAIA Terminals from 2pm-7pm on Jan 15 and 6am-10:30am on Jan 19,” MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said in a statement.
Last December, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) announcing suspension of arriving flights on said hours and days. Departure flights however will proceed subject to the availability of aircraft.
The NOTAM will guide the airline operators in revising their flight schedules or adopting other options that passengers with bookings on these days may take.
“The prerogative to cancel, advance, delay or divert flights rests on the airline companies. Whatever it is, MIAA and other government agencies in NAIA will support them,” Honrado said.
For its part, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has cleared the airlines of any liability pertaining to the consequential effect of the suspension of flight arrivals on the two days.
Since departure flights will proceed on the 15th and the 19th, Honrado reminded its passengers with departing flights on these days to be at the airport much earlier than the usual three hours so they do not to miss their flights.
Honrado stressed that it would be best for passengers to make their way to the airport way ahead before the roads within the NAIA complex start to close at Jan 15, 3 pm and at Jan 19, 7 am.
On these days, the NAIA Complex will only be accessible via South Superhighway through Bicutan, Alabang and Sucat Roads.
NAIA Terminal 3 and 4 will be isolated since the entire stretch beginning from Sales Avenue fronting Terminal 3 all the way to the Domestic Road fronting Terminal 4 will be closed and will not be accessible at all to vehicular traffic.
However, MIAA said that for the benefit of Terminal 3 and 4 passengers with departing flights on these days, MIAA will set-up a drop-off point cum staging area for them at the NAIA Terminal 1 Parking B.
Passengers will be initially gathered there and initial security procedures will be in place to secure both passengers and baggage.
From Parking B, the passengers will be brought by the MIAA shuttle buses to Terminals 3 and 4 through the airside. The MIAA also encourages a drop-and-go system for those who will bring their passengers to NAIA.
The MIAA will also close NAIA Terminal 3 arrival and departure lobbies to non-passengers during the entire day on January 15 and from 12 midnight to 12 noon on Jan 19. PNA