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Airport Safety and Security Measures in Place for “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2022” — CAAP

Calbayog Airport
Installation of Malasakit Help Desk at Calbayog Airport during implementation of Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2022. (JERRY . TAN)

PURSUANT to a directive of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista under the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2022,” airports that are operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be on heightened alert from October 28 to November 4, 2022 and a “no leave” policy will be implemented.

This, according to Bautista, is meant to ensure safe, secure, reliable and convenient air travel for passengers, as he also directed all 12 Area Managers handling all CAAP-operated airports with commercial flights nationwide to ensure the observance of maximum deployment of service and security personnel.

CAAP, together with local authorities including PNP-AVSEU, OTS, DOT, CAB, and airlines, have worked in coordination for efficient processing of passengers, especially at the check-in counters, said spokesman Eric Apolonio.

Apolonio also said that CAAP had requested additional deployment of personnel from airline stakeholders in order to accommodate the increase in travelers.

Malasakit Help Desks and hotlines manned by duty officers are also set-up to accommodate passenger concerns as CAAP also reminds all passengers to comply with minimum health protocols within enclosed areas of the airport.

According to data, CAAP welcomed an estimated total of four million passengers in the country’s airports from October to November 2019 or during the pre-pandemic times.

CAAP has projected that passenger air traffic recovery in the Philippines would increase between five and 10 percent annually as travel restrictions continue to ease.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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