Naia launches ‘Oplan Undas’

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Tuesday assured that it is ready to accommodate the influx of hundreds of thousands of passengers rushing to the provinces to commemorate All Saints’ Day on Tuesday.

The Media Affairs Division (MAD) of the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa), in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, had launched “Oplan Undas” to ensure the safety of all airline passengers.

MAD Head Jess Martinez said information desks, manned by the regular airport police, Miaa medical staff and employees of the Public Affairs Office, are on hand to assist passengers.

The Aviation Security Police would be continuously monitoring the airport premises, accompanied by bomb- sniffing dogs and randomly checking luggage and cargo as precaution against possible terror threats, he said.

For any medical emergency, the Miaa had put up tents and stationed doctors and nurses in different terminals expecting “huge crowd” before November 1.

November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and 2 (All Souls’ Day) are special nonworking holidays.

All domestic airlines representatives said that they are all ready to accommodate the passengers, adding they also will monitor closely the passengers/pieces of luggage.

Of major concern is Naia Terminal 3 because most of the big domestic carriers are based there such as Cebu Pacific and Pal Express.

Naia terminal 2 hosts Philippine Airlines, while Zest Air Asia and Sky Jet are in terminal 4.

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Recto L. Mercene, graduate BS Journalism, Lyceum of the Philippines. First prize winner, News Photojournalism, by Confederation of Asean Journalists, Bangkok, Thailand; second prize winner, Art and Photojournalism Award; San Miguel Corporation. Former Air Traffic Controller and private pilot. Colombo scholarship grantee: Hurn College of Air Traffic Control, Bournemouth, United Kingdom.

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