PHL awaits Pope’s arrival

Monday, December 29th, 2014. Filed under: Philippine News

Massive flight disruption expected; Holidays declared during pontiff visit

Pope Francis (MNS Photo)

Pope Francis (MNS Photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said over 150 flights will be affected by the flight suspension during Pope Francis’ arrival in Manila on January 15.

That involves around 23,000 passengers, the MIAA said.

MIAA will suspend the arrival and departure of flights from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 15.

The same policy will be implemented on January 19 when the Pope departs Manila from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“That is why the NOTAM (notice to airmen) was earlier issued to the airlines…So that passengers can give it a thought whether to still fly yung kanilang flights or just cancel and do a refund or magpa-rebook na lang,” said MIAA media affairs head Consuelo Bungag.

Meanwhile, roads near the airport will also be closed for the Pope’s arrival and departure:

  • Sales Avenue
  • Andrews Avenue
  • Domestic Road
  • MIAA Road

 “We highly encourage the public, yun pong mga maghahatid at magsusundo, kung maaari lang po limitahan na yung pupunta ng airport. We’re going to implement a drop and go system sa departure so that we don’t get people crowded in these areas at hindi sila mahuli sa pagsara ng mga kalye,” Bungag said.

We also advise the passengers…na magpunta na sa po sa NAIA ng mas maaga. If you can come 5-6 hours ahead para po siguradong hindi niyo ma-miss yung flight niyo on that day. Because we expect traffic to be really heavy,” she added. (MNS)

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