THE Manila International Airport Authority transition team on Friday met with the reported incoming Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal and tour him around as they show the accomplishments of the current airport management.
However, sources who saw the tour alleges that Monreal, instead of being happy about the walk around, was dismayed with what he saw as there were many ugly sights at the airport complex most notably the unfinished areas when the NAIA got a P1.4 billion (about US $ 21.739 million) upgrade.
Monreal’s NAIA visit and his meeting with the transition team seems to confirm reports that he was the one chosen by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to replace the current NAIA GM Angel Honrado, who is perceived to be generally ineffective in fixing the problems ailing the country’s premier airport like the unreliable air conditioning and power systems, and malfunctioning smelly restrooms.
Monreal, 60, who has 43 years of aviation experience under his belt, became the “talk of the town” as the next MIAA manager because of his friendship with the in-coming transportation and communications Secretary Arthur Tugade and acquaintance with influential businessman Ricky Delgado.
Monreal started his career at the airport in 1978 until he was recruited by Cathay in 1982. He was a former station manager of Cathay Pacific Airways.
After he retires from the airline, Honrado tapped him as consultant for the airline operation at the NAIA for several years. He also used to be a ground handling agent of the Philippine Air Transport Service Company (Patsco) while concurrent station manager of Cathay Pacific.