House Speaker orders airline firms to transfer domestic and international flights to Clark Airport

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FILE PHOTO: Some of the airplanes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has given airline companies 45 days to transfer some of their flights to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

This is the solution the lawmaker sees to address the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The passenger capacity of the terminals one and three of NAIA is at 19 million. However, the number of actual passenger traffic of said terminals reaches up to 20 million a year.

While the terminals two and four have a passenger capacity of 12 million.

But 20 million passengers arrive at the said terminals yearly.

Alvarez warned airline companies that would refuse to transfer some of their flights to Clark.

“Yung mga ayaw sumunod sa rules ng gobyerno, we can always cancel your respective franchises and we are nor joking,” said Alvarez.

(Those who refuse to follow the rules of the government, we can always cancel your respective franchises and we are not joking.)

On the other hand, Cebu Pacific President Lance Gokongwei asked the lawmaker to give them ample time to comply with the order.

“Given the way how we sell tickets one way in advance and the time requires to move all our people, and prepare all ground preparations I think this kind of drastic steps will ay take over a year of planning,” said the Cebu Pacific president.

Airport passengers, meanwhile, have mixed reactions.

“Ay hindi kasi malayo na dun, mahirap na dun,” said Angelo Seraspe, a NAIA passenger.

(I’m not in favor. It’s too far.)

“Ako kasi from Laguna lang. Siguro hassle din mas mabuti pa rin dito na lang sa Metro Manila yung airport,” said passenger Kaye Pagarian.

(I’m from Laguna. It’s a hassle when some flights are transferred there. I would prefer the airport here in Metro Manila.)

“Okay naman kasi kapag duon maluwag,may bus namang masasakyan doon,” said Ferdinand Loria, a passenger.

(It’s okay with me. It’s not congested there. There are buses available.)

The House speaker also reprimanded Cebu Pacific for allowing its passengers to walk on the tarmac.

“In so many instances in all airports kahit may tube hindi niyo ginagamit. Kawawa ang pasahero dala dala ang anak basang basa yung bata,” said Alvarez.

(In so many instances in all airports, although there is a tube, you are not using it. The passengers are pitiful, with their children tagging along getting drenched. )

“The only situations where we do not use are when the tube is not available for use,” said Gokongwei.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Transportation is now looking into separating the terminals for domestic and international flights, noting the Philippines is the only country doing it. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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