NAIA closed from Nov. 1 to 2 due to STY ‘Rolly’

Published November 1, 2020, 8:35 AM

by Dhel Nazario

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be closed to all types of flight operations for 24 hours from Sunday, Nov. 1,  10 a.m., to Monday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m., due to super typhoon “Rolly,” according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

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In a statement released Saturday night, MIAA said that this was done in order to protect the safety of air passengers and personnel from the threats of Rolly.

This was also the result of Saturday afternoon’s meeting of the Airline Operators Council (AOC), the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines (ACAP), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) NAIA station.

“The decision was reached in consultation with CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco after the body considered all possible threats of typhoon Rolly to flight and passenger safety,” MIAA said.

The typhoon is expected to hit Metro Manila noon of  Nov. 1 while its effect is expected to be felt until early morning of Nov. 2. 

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that for the duration of the 24-hour closure, the NAIA terminals will be closed, and  appealed to passengers not to go to the NAIA while the closure is in place. 

He advised passengers to immediately coordinate with their airlines to get instructions about their new flight schedules. Airlines were also told to make sure that their customer service hotlines are ready to take in the expected surge of calls from  passengers

Once NAIA reopens at 10 a.m. Nov. 2, priority will be given to scheduled flights on the same day. Flights affected by the 24-hour closure will be slotted in a way that would cause minimal delay in the passengers’ travel plans.  He also ordered the MIAA operations to lift  the scheduled runway maintenance closure for Nov. 2 to enable recovery flights to come in.

Airline ground handling agents were reminded to implement maximum deployment of personnel both inside the terminals and at the ramp and ensure availability of enough ground equipment once flight operations resume.

Pursuant to the instructions of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, the MIAA adopted pre-emptive measures to cushion, if not avoid, the adverse impact of Rolly to NAIA operations. Monreal ordered ground handling companies to ensure the safety of their ground equipment to prevent any damage to property and aircraft. 

MIAA engineers were instructed to inspect all billboard sites within the airport complex to inform owners to roll up all tarpaulin ads and do necessary reinforcement of frames to avoid accidents caused by falling billboards.  Pruning of trees at parking lots and roads around the airport complex has been done.