By Benjamin Lim Vergara
THE different government agencies at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has launched Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2018 to ensure safe, reliable, and convenient airport operations as Filipinos and tourists travel for the Christmas and New Year.
Aviation authorities will be putting in place additional security measures for maximum deployment of service and security personnel in anticipation of the expected volume surge of air travelers during the Holiday Season.
The Oplan will run from December 10, 2018 to January 5, 2019.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the operator of NAIA, supervised the program under the directives of Department of Transportation.
In line with the Oplan, all four area cluster heads handling the 40 CAAP-managed commercial airports nationwide were also advised to implement a “no leave and day-off” policy during the conduct of the Oplan.
Other government agencies operating at the airport, including the Office for Transportation Security, and the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group, will also deploy personnel at areas of concern to ensure smooth flow.
The CAAP, MIAA, Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Immigration has also coordinated with concerned airlines on the efficient processing of passengers, especially at check-in counters.
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.
In December last year, Philippine airports welcomed 6,342,510 domestic and international passengers, with 3,787,648 of these passengers arriving and departing through the country’s premier airport.