MIAA ‘moving on’ from bullet-planting issue

May 12, 2016 6:07 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, May 11 (PNA) — Assuring that authorities will continue to be in the lookout for bullet-planting incidents, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Wednesday said that it is moving on from the issue and instead laying down procedures for a smooth transition to the next administration.

“There’s going be an eventual change in management with the new administration but we are moving on from the issue of bullets,” MIAA spokesperson David De Castro told reporters.

“PNP-Avesgroup (Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group) is leading these cases and we are confident that they can handle them,” he added.

Aviation authorities on Wednesday signed four memorandum of agreements (MOA) to make sure that slot allocations for flights are maximized and are actually flown.

De Castro described this as the “legacy” to the next administration.

The agreements were signed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The agreements include: (1) The Agreement on Revised Guidelines for Filing and Approval of Timeslots; (2) The Agreement on Exchange, Transfer or Sharing of Slots Between and Among Airlines (3 & 4) The Agreement on the Deployment of CAB monitors in all terminals in Manila and airports operated and owned by MIAA and CAAP.

The misuse of slots will be subject to sanctions including the termination of operations or the forfeiture of acquired slots; an imposition of lower priority on the airline for future slot requests the imposition of fines by the CAB and CAAP.

These agreements will also allow a stricter and more detailed guidelines on slot usage which guarantees smoother airport operations.

The misuse of slots includes the holding of slots that an airline does not intend to operate; the intentional operation of a flight at a significantly different time from it approved schedule and the operation of flights without a slot.

He said that authorities will be able to address the concern of flight delay by means of this agreement since each and every slot will be dedicated to registered flights.

This will also lessen flight disturbances for airline passengers. (PNA)

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