Former Nueva Ecija Cong. Renato Diaz, Chairman of the Center for Strategic Initiatives (CSI), on Tuesday proposed that all domestic flights affected by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 Summit on November 17 to 20 will have to be diverted to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) or Clark Airport in Pampanga.
“Bakit hindi natin ilipat yung mga domestic flights sa ibang airports? Investment ito ng gubyerno dahil makikilala ang ibang airports (Why don’t we use other airports like DMIA),” Diaz told DZRH News.
“Tinanong ko ho ang management ng Clark Airport, sinabi nilang kaya nila (I asked Clark Airport Management and they said they can handle the incoming and outgoing flights),” Diaz said.
He said at least 200 of the flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which will be canceled should be transferred to Clark to avoid disrupting commercial flights.
Diaz said bus trips between NAIA and the Clark International Airport (CRK) could be increased during the period of Nov. 16-20 to ferry passengers. He also said more flights could be affected should there be delays in the arrival of heads of state during the flight embargo.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) earlier announced that 115 domestic and 96 international flights will not be operating on Nov. 15-20. Cebu Pacific Air announced the cancellation of at least 260 flights, 26 of them to and from international destinations.
The cancellations are supposedly to enable the use of the runways of the NAIA for arriving dignitaries, political and economic leaders, and corporate executives, who will have their meetings in Manila and Iloilo City.
In a statement, PAL said it is concerned that the arrivals and departures of heads of state at the NAIA would disrupt operations, causing cancellations of several flights.
PAL said passengers with confirmed tickets from Nov. 16 to 20 have the option to rebook their flights. Rebooking and penalty charges are waived.