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CAAP implements flight schedule restrictions

By Benjamin L. Vergara, TMT/The Manila Times

CIVIL Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Saturday imposed restrictions on inbound charter and commercial international flights for a month and would be allowed only on assigned days for slotting purposes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

CAAP said starting on May 11, “inbound international chartered flights will only be allowed to land on Mondays and Thursdays, provided they secure a clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and CAAP for slotting purposes.”

The directive was disseminated through a Notice-to-airmen (Notam) released by CAAP Operations Center.

Meanwhile, the inbound (scheduled) international commercial flights will be allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, provided they secure approval from CAAP 48 hours before the scheduled departure from the airport of origin for the necessary slotting and rescheduling of flights in order to subscribe to the 400 passengers per day capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

CAAP added that enroute flights experiencing emergency, ferry/cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, and outbound ferry/cargo flights with passengers, as authorized, are unrestricted and are not covered by the Notam.

The restrictions, it said, which will last a month, from May 11 to June 10, is going to be implemented at the NAIA only, with other international airports in the country having separate restrictions.

Six sweeper flights landed and departed at the NAIA on Friday, airlifting stranded foreign passengers and Filipinos back to Manila and Cebu aside from international cargo planes.

Cebu Pacific Air mounted flights 5J8421 and 5J572 to pick up stranded tourists in Cebu back to Manila, while 5J571 left Manila for Cebu on Friday to airlift stranded Filipinos as well as foreigners who were in Manila when the ECQ was imposed by the government.

Also, AirAsia Philippines flight Z2-186 departed NAIA on Friday afternoon bound for Kansai, Japan carrying Japanese passengers who were stranded while in Manila.

A chartered plane Lanmei Airlines (LQ9770) landed at NAIA around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, carrying Filipinos from Cambodia while its return flight LQ9771 departed NAIA airlifting Cambodians back to Phnom Penh.


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