Number of inbound int’l passengers in 3 airports increase

Published July 18, 2020, 11:05 AM

by Ariel Fernandez

The National Task Force for COVID-19 has approved the request of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to increase the number of inbound international passengers at three international airports in the country.

(Photo by Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP)

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, chairman of the NTF COVID-19, in a letter addressed to CAAP Director General Capt. Jim C. Sydiongco, allowed the gradual increase of daily passenger capacity restriction at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), and Clark International Airport (CIA).

It took into consideration the airports’ COVID-19 testing capacity and subject to close and full coordination with airport authorities.

A Notice to Airmen has been released to facilitate the increase.

“We encourage international airlines to file their flight plan and see to it that their arrivals are not the same time with other commercial aircraft to avoid delays in the arrival of passengers due to medical procedure in the terminals,” CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said.

The increase allows the NAIA to accept an additional 3,000 inbound international passengers daily. On the other hand, MCIA and CIA will have a 1,500 daily international passenger restriction.