Passenger departure count during Holy Week drops –MIAA

April 7, 2015 5:12 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, April 6 (PNA) — Fewer passengers in Metro Manila joined the exodus to their respective provinces during the Holy Week this year compared to last year, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Monday.

Data from MIAA showed that the total number of passenger departures this year reached 298,243 – down from last year’s 369,939 passengers.

MIAA also noted that there were more domestic than international passengers, however, in 2014 while the opposite was observed this year. In general, departures peaked on Holy Wednesday while arrivals on Easter Sunday.

Despite changes in the number of travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said that preparations in the airport remained constant.

Among others, help desks are positioned in all terminals; facilities are properly manned; and security personnel were also augmented under Oplan Ligtas Biyahe.

Meanwhile, there were at least 12 cancelled flights over the weekend at NAIA increased over the holiday weekend due to weather conditions brought about by typhoon “Chedeng”.

Honrado stressed that that facilities at NAIA are sufficient to brave severe weather conditions.

As an added measure, ground handlers were made to prepare aircrafts for possible strong winds and rains, small planes were tied firmly to the ground or are brought to the hangar. Bigger ones, on the other hand, were repositioned to face the wind’s direction.

As in any other weather disturbance, airlines were also able to immediately release flight advisories to their passengers, he said. (PNA)

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