In anticipation of the influx of airport travelers this holiday season, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that it will implement “Oplan Lakbay Pasko 2015” starting December 15, 2015.
“Oplan Lakbay Pasko 2015” aims to enhance measures in ensuring safety and convenient airport operations from December 15 to January 5, 2016.
“Every December, we observe that there are always more passengers arriving than leaving Manila or the country. We have prepared accordingly to make sure that traveling will be as hassle-free as possible,” MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said in a statement.
The MIAA is anticipating that passengers this year may increase by about 10-percent.
In December 2014, passenger arrivals totaled 1,668,326 compared to departures of 1,469,362 passengers.
Honrado said that coordination has been made with airlines regarding the efficient processing of their passengers especially at the check-in counters.
Additional airline personnel will be deployed as needed to accommodate the increase in travelers.
“Concerned government agencies operating at the airport – including the Office for Transportation Security, and the Bureaus of Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine – have also been directed to deploy sufficient personnel at their stations to ensure smooth passenger flow,” the MIAA statement said.
Security and traffic at the NAIA will be closely coordinated among the Airport Police Department (APD), the Aviation Security Group (ASG) of the Philippine National Police, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units of Parañaque City and Pasay City.
Both the APD and the ASG will be assigned to secure the immediate premises of the airport by means of, among others, K9 units.
The MMDA and local enforcers will be stationed along major roads leading to the terminals to guide vehicular traffic – especially at the area of Terminal 3, where traffic has been heavy due to the construction of the expressway.
Honrado also advises passengers to allot enough travel time on the road. Traffic is expected to get heavier later this month.
Should passengers be unable to reach their assigned terminal due to slow traffic, they are advised to get to the nearest terminal and take the airport shuttle bus at the arrival area.
These shuttle buses will transport passengers to their assigned terminals by means of the airside route.
Non-passengers will not be allowed to board the airport shuttle buses.
Honrado recommends that welcome and send-off parties be minimized to avoid congestion at the terminals.
Travelers are also reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport and to stow all belongings in one’s carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints