The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) warned airline companies from taking advantage of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Monday, April 22, in order to arbitrarily delay or cancel flights.
MIA General Manager Ed Monreal issued the warning on Tuesday, April 23, due to reports of a domestic carrier canceling outbound and inbound flights in Manila.
In a statement, MIAA stressed that the runway and taxiway facilities of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City did not sustain any damage following the strong quake, which was felt all over Luzon. There are also no reported concerns on the terminal buildings of the airport after the immediate inspections conducted by various MIAA teams.
Monreal told airline companies not to burden passengers with the inconvenience that may result to disruption of
their travel plans.
The MIAA chief also directed his operations team to admit flights that cannot be accommodated in the Clark International Airport in Pampanga following standard operating procedures in slotting in coordination with Civil Aeronautics Board and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for an orderly landing, parking and take-off.
“This will also allow MIAA to assign terminal facilities in its airports such as aerobridges, baggage carousels and check-in counters,” the airport authority said in a statement.
Monreal also urged airlines to ensure the availability of shuttle buses that will ferry affected passengers from Manila to Clark Freeport Zone.
The airport official assured passengers using NAIA Terminals ‘that it is business as usual and that there should be no cause for alarm’ due to the magnitude 6.2 earthquake.