Manila International Airport Authority to end “colorum” airplane operation

 MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal ©
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal ©

THE Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Wednesday has vowed to end the “colorum” operations of some commercial plane services after it discovered their illegal activities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal on Wednesday also said “colorum” operation has disrupted the flow of traffic that had been scheduled by Slot Australia, the company tapped by Philippine government to arrange the schedule of all domestic airlines at the country’s premier airport. 

May nakita tayo, parang colorum sa eroplano. May flight schedule sa gabi pero ang destination is not night rated They were not included in the allocation. But were able to get a slot, sumisingit sila sa pila sa umaga,” Monreal said during a press conference.

The MIAA chief said that these colorum commercial planes are operated by some local firms, which he declined to identify, has managed to fly at daytime.  

He added that, “if we can’t control the distribution of aircraft, there would be disruptions in the schedule. The MIAA was able to talk to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to look for solutions, otherwise, the congestion will persist.”

Monreal said they have made a resolution and “we are now monitoring ther movement. Once the (airline) has no approved slot, we will not give them counter, parking bay and they will not allow to takeoff.” He  added that  “we’ve been working to address air traffic congestion since I assumed. There were many measures already, and we’ve made plans and measures being implemented.”

The rationalization of flight schedules was implemented on September 1, he said.

Monreal said that since Slot Australia was given the prerogative to provide schedules, all domestic flight operations were rationalized “and thus we were able to avoid the spikes that accompany unscheduled flights.”

The appease public concern about safety of these illegal planes, the CAAP said the colorum aircraft are all registered and checked for safety and airworthiness and have been issued an Airline Operators Certificate.

Furthermore, the MIAA is now working with the CAAP and CAB to solve the problem of colorum planes that were given night schedules but cannot fly to its destination because it is not a night rated airport.

Currently, NAIA operates at optimum level of 40 movements per hour (MPH), whereas previous to that, it was sometimes 50 and sometimes 47 MPH, Monreal added.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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