Airport congestion still expected during Christmas travel season

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File photo shows airline passengers look out for their luggage at the baggage carousel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2. -- BW FILE PHOTO

PASSENGERS will still experience air traffic and congestion at the terminals of the country’s main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, despite a few improvements lined up, Senator Grace Poe said on Monday, Dec. 4, after a hearing on the Civil Aviation authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) preparations for the Christmas rush.

Mayroon pa rin (There will still be traffic), although may improvement na,” Ms. Poe said in an interview, referring to the plan to deploy an additional 500 immigration officers for faster processing.

Other planned improvements, however, will not be implemented until next year.

Ms. Poe cited the construction of an exit taxiway, which is scheduled to start February.

“(By) next year, mas mabilis ang takeoff and landing (would be faster),” Ms. Poe said.

An imrpoved Communications Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management System (CNS/ATM) is also expected to be operational by August 2018, she added.

Malaking sakripisyo pa rin para sa ating mga kababayan talaga itong darating na Disyembre (Filipinos will still have to make big sacrifices this December), she said. — Arjay L. Balinbin