Lightning alert raised at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is on lightning alert.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)  announced that ramp movement for both aircraft and ramp personnel has been temporarily suspended at the NAIA due to the “Red Lightning Alert” issued at 2:24 p.m. yesterday.

The alert is a safety measure taken when lightning is prevalent in the airport and may endanger personnel, passengers, and even flight operations.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal asked the understanding of the air riding public for expected delays in flight operations.

“Safety of passengers, flight and airport workers remain paramount in airport operations,” he said.

Meanwhile the MIAA joined the rest of the Department of Transportation agencies yesterday in giving out simple tokens to fathers travelling through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.

The MIAA gave away LED flashlights, bag tags, ballpens, coasters, cellphone tags and bottled water at designated times during the day.

At 4 a.m. yesterday, pretty ladies from the MIAA’s Public Affairs office began greeting passengers at NAIA Terminals 1 to 4 with baskets full of giveaways to choose from.

Monreal expressed excitement over this first-ever treat intended for fathers like him, saying they took the lead from DOTr Secretary Art Tugade as an act of appreciation for passengers’ continued patronage of the country’s transportation hubs as well as an expression of “malasakit” or care beyond duty.

Similarly, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) distributed a limited number of “Malasakit Help Kits” in various airports throughout the country yesterday, also in celebration of Father’s Day.

Malasakit Help Desks (MHDs) welcomed traveling fathers with freebies and personal care products such as towels, portable battery operated fans, hand sanitizers, wet wipes, bottled water, and some snacks.

“Malasakit Help Kit” distribution was done at CAAP-operated airports in Laoag, Tuguegarao, Puerto Princesa, Legazpi, Tacloban, Iloilo, Kalibo, Roxas, Bacolod, Bohol-Panglao, Dumaguete, Butuan, Laguindingan (Cagayan de Oro), Davao, Zamboanga, and General Santos.

CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco was also at Tacloban Airport to personally hand out the kits to arriving passengers and celebrate Father’s Day with the airport community.

The CAAP regularly provides kits to those in need and especially during flight disruptions to ensure passenger convenience. The CAAP hopes that this small gesture of gratitude and appreciation will bring a measure of comfort and convenience to traveling fathers on their special day.