Settle debts, renew contracts, airlines told

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The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) clarified that it has constantly notified airlines “to settle their debts and to renew their contracts with the MIAA.”

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“Enough time has been given for them to settle such items. An extension was also given until the end of February,” MIAA spokesman David de Castro said.

He added that “the MIAA reserves the right to take appropriate action against entities who, among others, fail to pay dues.”

De Castro said MIAA has not prohibited the concerned airlines from entering the airport so as to keep operations continuous.

“Compliance, however, with agreements entered into by the airlines with airport management is expected,” he said.

The Airline Operators Council (AOC) through its law firm, AMA and Paredes, earlier sent a letter reminding MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado that disrupting international operations will trigger dissatisfaction from tourists.

The AOC said that foreign airlines operate in the country according to a bilateral agreement “and the MIAA’s move is not being made against a particular foreign airline but the country it represents.”

The AOC asked President Benigno Aquino 3rd to intervene in the looming problem between the foreign airlines and the airport management.

It was learned that at least nine foreign carriers have standing obligations with the MIAA.

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