Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Cesar Chiong led airport officials in inspecting the NAIA Terminals in preparation for the expected surge in passenger volume this coming Holy Week, which was placed at 1.2 million every week in the days to come.
In making the rounds accompanied by senior assistant general manager Bryan Co and public affairs officer Connie Bungag, among others, Chiong announced that the plans to put additional immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport NAIA terminal 3 is already underway and might be finished before December.
Chiong said this is aimed at decongesting particularly departing passengers that usually build up at the immigration counters.
It was learned that such plan of the MIAA is pursuant to the expected transfer of some international airlines from NAIA Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 and Terminal 1, as the NAIA 2 will be transformed into an all-domestic terminal come July 1, 2023.
Chiong explained that the said additional immigration counters will be exclusive for diplomats, APEC, PWDs, pregnant women and OFWs.
Once the plans come to fruition, the 28 immigration counters at the NAIA terminal 3 will be for regular passengers.
Chiong also requested the airline companies to beef up personnel and open their check-in counters early to avoid overcrowding and long lines.
He said that coordination is already being made with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for additional personnel.