By Ariel Fernandez
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) remains capable of providing technical and manpower support to seamlessly carry out continuous operations in air transport.
With cargo flights and stranded passengers replacing the normal influx of passengers this Holy Week as repercussions to COVID-19, CAAP’s essential staff and frontliners in air traffic towers and provincial airports are working in the face of danger to ensure that goods and services are continuously provided throughout the nation.
CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said that with a dedicated air traffic staff in service round-the-clock, safeguarding the country’s air space amid the quarantine and lockdown in their towers’ respective areas, stakeholders and passengers can be assured that essential flights will proceed smoothly.
In spite of reduced operations since quarantines have been in place, more than 11,000 flights—from cargo, commercial, military, and maintenance flights, among others—have flown with the assistance of CAAP’s air traffic and ground personnel.
Since March 14, over 500 sweeper or special flights have been launched, transporting over 3,600 passengers, OFWs, and medical personnel to various destinations. There have also been 3,600 cargo flights, which carried relief goods and essential shipments
“CAAP will continue to do its best in providing its mandated service and in guaranteeing that we will support efforts in helping the nation in face this health crisis,” Sydiongco said.