Airport, airlines officials gear up for this year’s APEC meeting

June 17, 2015 5:10 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, June 16 (PNA) — Airport and airline officials on Tuesday laid down arrangements at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting late this year.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado said that the authority had so far requested cooperation of airlines in aligning its airport management procedures.

Airline operators, for their part, expressed their commitment to support the MIAA for the upcoming event and vowed to do their part to make sure that passenger operations will run smoothly.

“It is only appropriate that airport management and airlines come together to prepare for the APEC meeting that will certainly benefit the global community,” Honrado said in a statement.

“Equally important, however, we meet…to anticipate the concerns of passengers come November. The convenience of passengers is always a priority,” he added.

The airport chief noted that during the meeting, it was agreed that a quasi-emergency closure of runways would be in place as soon as heads of state approach the runway until their aircraft have parked as part of its protocol.

According to MIAA, state officials are expected to arrive at least two days before the Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Nov. 18.

Both management and airlines will also coordinate to find out the exact schedule that state officials will be keeping so that airlines can inform passengers of possible affected flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will meanwhile be responsible for minimizing flight delays and diversions, MIAA said.

The authority, however assured that scheduled runway closures for maintenance services during the early hours of the morning will be lifted until APEC participants leave Manila to make way for possible delayed flights.

At present, MIAA has already identified at least 22 aircraft parking slots which will be used by the heads of state as they arrive in Manila.

Only the principal aircraft of the head of state will be allowed to park at the NAIA while secondary aircraft will have to park at other airports. (PNA)

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