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Memorandum Circular No. 06 Series of 2017

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"We are open to flight operations on the arrival and departure days of His Holiness Pope Francis but operations will be subject to certain limitations," said Jose Angel Honrado, MIAA General Manager.

The major roads around the NAIA complex will be closed to vehicular traffic on the following days.

  Date Closure Hours Road Closure
ARRIVAL DAY January 15, 2015 3PM - 7PM Sales Avenue > Andrews Avenue > Domestic Road
DEPARTURE DAY January 19, 2015 7AM - 10AM Sales Avenue > Andrews Avenue > Domestic Road

 

With the closure, NAIA can only be accessed through South Superhighway, Bicutan, Sucat and Alabang roads. NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 will be isolated as a result.

Given these constraints, the airport chief sought the suggestion of the airline companies since the expected impact of the closure will be on their operations. A series of consultative meetings with local and foreign air carriers were held where the body agreed to suspend arrival of flights in the following manner:

  Date Road Closure Hours No Arrival Hours
ARRIVAL DAY January 15, 2015 3PM - 7PM 2PM - 7PM
DEPARTURE DAY January 19, 2015 7AM - 10AM 6AM - 10:30AM

Departure operations will however proceed for those flights with the corresponding aircraft on ground before the effectivity of the road closures.

Also present during the consultative meetings were DOTC, CIAC, CAB, CAAP, PNP, Immigration, Customs, OTS and the MMDA.

"We shall be providing shuttle buses to transport departing passengers with flights in NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 because these Terminals will be completely inaccessible from the usual routes. Meanwhile, NAIA Terminals 1 and 2 can be reached via Bicutan, Sucat, Alabang through Ninoy Aquino Avenue," Honrado explained.

The MIAA will use Parking B in NAIA Terminal 1 as staging area for passengers. From this point, the shuttle buses will bring the passengers to NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 via the Airside road network.

Before the road closure hours, NAIA Terminal 3 departure and arrival lobbies will be closed to non-passengers. MIAA highly encourages the "drop and go" system to give wellwishers and those picking up passengers ample time to leave Terminal 3 and not get caught in there when the road closure begins.

MIAA encourages airline passengers who have flights in January 15 and 19, 2015, to contact their airlines or their travel agency to discuss their revised flight schedules. During the consultative meeting, the Civil Aeronautics Board assured the airlines that they cannot be held liable for any delay or cancellation of flights because the situation is beyond their control. The MIAA also urges those with flights departing on these days to come much earlier to the NAIA so they can reach their respective Terminals before road closure hours.