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DOTR, MIAA Apologize for Power Outage at NAIA 3; Vow to Prevent a Recurrence

Jaime Bautista and Ariel Fernandez
DOTr Sec. Jaime Bautista poses with Airport Press Club President Ariel Fernandez during his visit to the NAIA 3 to check on the power outage. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) apologized to the Terminal 3 passengers and other airport stakeholders for the inconvenience brought about by a power interruption that began at about 11 p.m. Friday night until early morning of Saturday.

Public affairs office chief Ma. Consuelo Bungag said the power outage disrupted airport operations as the airlines had to resort to manual check-in and loading of baggage while processing of passengers at immigration took longer than usual.

Bungag said the MIAA Management together with Meralco conducted a joint probe to determine the cause of the problem which was traced to the Terminal 3 power substation.

As of 6 a.m. on Saturday, the electric power in all areas of the Terminal has been restored, as16 international and 15 domestic flights were affected by the incident.

Cebu Pacific, which operates mainly in the said terminal, advised its passengers that electricity has been restored at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA T3) and said it is highly encouraging its guests to check in online in order to expedite the boarding process.

CEB also announced that as the airport recovered from the power outage and as the situation begins to normalize, delays are inevitably expected in some of the flights as they continue to manage the situation.

The airline said it will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.

The following flights were affected due to power interruption:

Domestic Flights (Departure): 5J 951 Manila-Davao;5J 473 Manila-Bacolod;5J 381 Manila-Cagayan;5J 635 Manila-Puerto Princesa;5J 961 Manila-Davao;5J 991 Manila-General Santos;5J 451 Manila-Iloilo;5J 551 Manila-Cebu;5J 651 Manila-Tacloban;5J 357 Manila-Roxas;5J 481 Manila-Bacolod;5J 851 Manila-Zamboanga.

Arrival flights affected were: 5J 2506 Cebu-Manila; 5J 3966 Davao-Manila and TK 265 Cebu-Manila

International Flights (Departure): EK 335 Manila-Dubai;QR 929 Manila-Doha;Z2 942 Manila-Kuala Lumpur;TK 265 Manila-Istanbul;5J 929 Manila-Bangkok;5J 813 Manila-Singapore;SQ 915 Manila-Singapore;EK 337 Manila-Dubai;5J 5038 Manila-Nagoya.

Arrival: 5J 827 Osaka-Manila;Z2 232 Denpasar-Manila;5J 502 Kuala Lumpur-Manila;5J 804 Singapore-Manila;SQ 918 Singapore-Manila;EK 336 Dubai-Manila.

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and MIAA General Manager Cesar Chiong who were in the terminal early on, assured the public that action is now being undertaken to prevent a recurrence of the said incident.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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