PHILIPPINE airport authorities have intensified security at the country’s premier airport in anticipation of the arrival of seven world leaders who will attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila.
Manila International Airport Authority Manager Ed Monreal said among the measures taken are the augmentation of security personnel at checkpoints leading to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex and the deployment of more bomb sniffing canines.
He added that heads of security, terminal managers and specially trained policemen were also situated in different strategic areas of the airport complex to ensure the safety of the arriving dignitaries and the people working at, and using the airport.
Among those expected to arrive for the ASEAN summit are: United States President Donald Trump, China’s Premier Xi Jinping, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, India’s President Ram Nath Kovind, Brunei’s Sultan Hassana Bolkiah and Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob.
Meanwhile, international and local airlines operating at the NAIA terminals urged their clients traveling this week, until up to November 15, to allot sufficient time going to the airport to avoid missing their flights. They added that this is due to the anticipated more than normal heavy traffic brought about by road closures in connection with the upcoming ASEAN summit.
Airline officials also advised air travelers to come early to check in, go through security and immigration checks, and process pre-departure requirements at the airport, to avoid long queues at the check-in counters.
International and domestic check-in counters are open three hours before the scheduled time of departure and four hours for international flights while all check-in counters close 45 minutes before the scheduled time of flights except those exiting the Middle East (one hour) and Shanghai (50 minutes).