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Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Eric Ines ordered that the NAIA runways be opened for 24 hours for use by the airlines for their recovery flights,

The move, Ines said, is meant to address this situation resulting from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) having monitored on Monday morning an issue with its Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) software, necessitating the implementation of longer distance separation between flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The issue has been resolved according to a subsequent advisory issued by the agency at 2 p.m. on Monday.

In view of the incident, MIAA public affairs officer Connue Bungag assured that Ines is closely working with airline operators to manage the effects of the situation on their passengers and to jointly address expected congestion at the predeparture gates and baggage claim areas.

“The MIAA undertakes to continuously support the airline operators in implementing any measure to help affected airport passengers,” said Ines.

Ines also directed all terminal managers to provide additional seating and implement contingency measures in accordance with the Irregular Operations (IROPS) Manual, including provision of Malasakit Kits.

A report from the MIAA said that as of 3 p.m. on Monday, the total number of flights affected was placed at 36 for domestic and 20 for international.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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