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CAAP-operated airports on heightened alert for Holy Week

Tacloban Airport crowd
Passenger crowds seen in Tacloban Airport

All airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be on heightened alert from April 2 to 10,2023, to ensure safe, secure, reliable and convenient air travel for passengers in connection with the holiday rush.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said that this is being done under the directive of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime J. Bautista’s “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2023, which aims to put all airport safety and security measures in place.

Apolonio said all 12 Area Managers handling all CAAP-operated airports with commercial flights nationwide shall ensure the observance of maximum deployment of service and security personnel. Therefore, a “no leave” policy will be implemented during the entire duration of Oplan Biyaheng Ayos.

He added that together with local authorities including PNP-Aviation Security Unit (AVSEU), Office of Transportation Security (OTS), Department of Tourism (DOT), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and airlines, have worked in coordination for efficient processing of passengers, especially at the check-in counters.

CAAP has requested for the 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, Apolonio added.

CAAP reminds all passengers to comply with minimum health protocols within enclosed areas of the airport.

In April 2021, data shows that CAAP airports welcomed 231,479 passengers while in April 2022 a total of 1,715,720 passengers were served by CAAP airports.

“This year, CAAP is expecting the travel surge to reach over two million travellers.CAAP has projected that passenger air traffic recovery in the Philippines in the coming years would increase between 7-10% annually as travel restrictions continue to ease,” Apolonio said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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