The Manila International Airport Authority on Monday insisted that passengers waited long hours inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport because of the arrival of 61 unannounced flights.
During a press conference, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that the unexpected arrival of the said flights caused congestion on the parking bays of the NAIA.
“Marami rin mga flights na matagal maka-park dahil hindi namin expected itong total of 61 flights na nag-dating ay nandyan at hindi namin na-slot,” Monreal said.
“Iyon ang naging rason kung bakit ang mga pasahero nagkaroon ng matagal nag-antay dahil yung parking bays ay saturated already,” Monreal added.
In line with this, Monreal ordered airline companies to advise MIAA, not just the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, regarding the schedule of their flights, to avoid further delays and problems not just for them, but especially to the passengers.
“I told the airlines to please make sure not remove MIAA from the equation,” Monreal stressed.
“Pag-lapag nila rito kami ay nagugulat dahil may mga flights na wala sa aming listahan na nandito na. We’re scampering for gates. We’re having a lot of problems and complaints from the passengers,” Monreal explained.
The MIAA official further insisted on the importance of cooperation, communication, and coordination in resolving the incident at NAIA.
Monreal also revealed that there will be consequences and penalties for airlines that refuse to follow protocol, but refused to specify what it will be.
Currently, thousands of passengers are stranded in NAIA due to numerous cancelled and delayed flights caused by the skidding of a Chinese passenger aircraft on Thursday night, August 16.
The incident paralyzed the operations of the international runway of NAIA for more than 30 hours.
Following the re-opening of the runway last Saturday, August 18, up until August 19, 681 flights have already made it in and out of the airport.