“PH Aviation Authorities and Local Airlines Prepare for Surge in Visitors on Holy Week”

Passengers queue to enter the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 in Pasay City on Saturday, February 24, 2024 while the airline staff carefully inspect their tickets. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was named the fourth worst gateway in Asia and the Middle East by business class travelers.  PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN
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Preparing for Increased Visitors during Holy Week

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is making necessary preparations to accommodate the expected influx of visitors during the Holy Week. With the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) approval, the CAAP has announced that its 44 airports are ready to implement Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Holy Week 2024.

Ensuring Safety and Convenience

In response to the recent increase in bomb jokes, the CAAP conducted bomb drills at several airports to enhance security measures. To ensure safety, reliability, and convenience, airport managers have been instructed to submit plans for their operations and communication during this time.

Additionally, a “no leave policy” will be implemented for airport employees to ensure proper service for passengers returning to their provinces for reflection during the Holy Week.

Preparations by Local Airlines

Local airlines are also gearing up for the surge in passengers during the Holy Week. Philippine Airlines (PAL) anticipates a large volume of passengers traveling to, from, and within the Philippines during this period. PAL advises passengers to regularly check for updated announcements regarding their bookings and offers the option to check-in via their website or the myPAL app within the designated time frame before the flight.

Moreover, PAL recommends that passengers leave for the airport ahead of schedule to account for possible traffic congestion in major urban areas like Manila and Cebu.

AirAsia Philippines is fully prepared to accommodate and safely fly passengers who will be visiting various provinces for their pilgrimage activities. To ensure smooth operations during the Holy Week and the upcoming summer holiday, AirAsia Philippines has hired additional mechanics and ground staff to facilitate faster aircraft turnaround and maintain positive on-time performance.

Steve Dailisan, the head of Communications and Public Affairs at AirAsia Philippines, emphasized their commitment to ensuring safe and convenient travel during the holidays. He mentioned that they have standby staff who can be tapped to assist during peak hours, further ensuring a seamless travel experience for passengers.

As the Holy Week approaches, both the CAAP and local airlines are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety, reliability, and convenience of travelers. With their preparations in place, visitors can look forward to a smooth and enjoyable journey as they embark on their Holy Week activities.

Source: The Manila Times

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