Mercy flights will not cause traffic at MCIA

November 12, 2013 10:33 pm 

By Joann Santiago

MACTAN ISLAND, Nov. 12 (PNA) — As relief efforts continue to pour in the Philippines, so is the number of aircrafts needing the facilities of several airports.

However, Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) General Manager and CEO Nigel Paul Villareteis not worried about this situation.

“We can accommodate 19 flights per hour on a maximum,” Villarete told the Philippines News Agency in an interview.

Villarete said the current volume of traffic at MCIA is “not even half of the capacity of the runway,” thus, the increase in the number of flights, those for relief efforts in particular, is not a problem.

“It will not cause any delay,” he said.

For Tuesday alone, MCIA accommodated at least two mercy flights or those bringing in relief aids to victims of Typhoon "Yolanda" and these came from Belgium and Saudi Arabia.

MCIA have decided to waive airport fees for aircrafts bringing in humanitarian aid but Villarete is urging groups to coordinate with airport officials to accommodate them better.

Meanwhile, there were some delayed flights at MCIA Tuesday night because the planes coming from NAIA, for one, arrived late.

Villarete explained delayed flights are normal most especially during the rainy season.

“It is difficult to squeeze in 40 flights in an hour if it is raining compared to when the weather is good,” he said.

Villarete explained that traffic at the NAIA runway is the usual culprit in the delay of flights but the situation is now better compared to past years.

He also said that delays normally happen at night but pointed out that flights to Cebu during early morning is usually early as the NAIA control tower compensates their night duties.

“It’s a lot better now because NAIA is trying to improve their tower,” he added. (PNA)



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