MIAA chief satisfied with staff, airlines ‘Undas’ preps

MANILA Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal on Friday said he is satisfied with the employees and airlines' preparations for the Undas holiday.

"I'm satisfied. Maybe (the increase in passenger volume would be) similar to the previous year 11 percent in the same period," he told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) after he made rounds of terminals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Data from MIAA showed NAIA has welcomed 1,388,748 international and domestic passengers from October 27 to November 9, 2018, an 11.11-percent increase from 1,249,848 passengers at the country's main gateway in 2017.

There were 709,549 international passengers at NAIA during that period in 2017, up 10.46 percent from the 642,374 international passengers the previous year.

Domestic passengers in 2018, on the other hand, reached 679,199, up 11.81 percent from the 607,474 domestic passengers in 2017.

Monreal said he suggests that passengers arrive at the prescribed time of their flights, and to cooperate with the required security protocols.

Both Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have advised customers to be at the airport three hours before international flights, and two hours prior to domestic flight schedules.

They were also advised to check their flight status and be mindful of the prohibited items in their carry-on baggage.

Those travelling to Guam and Australia must allot additional time for check-in procedures due to additional security measures.

Meanwhile, help desks were mounted at the four NAIA terminals to address passenger concerns and queries.

These desks are manned by MIAA, the Civil Aeronautics Board, as well as police and medical teams. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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