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New NAIA terminal assignments not yet final, says DoTr

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THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) has clarified that there are no new airline assignments yet at the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a statement on Monday, DoTr said Eddie V. Monreal, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), told the department that the new terminal assignments supposedly to be implemented starting Aug. 31 are “not yet final.”

“(MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal confirms that new assignments have been discussed with the airlines, but no concrete decision has been made yet, in view of the many options available for consideration,” it said.

DoTr Director for Communications Goddes Hope O. Libiran told reporters in a Viber message that the department would release the new assignments when MIAA has finalized it, in accordance with its ongoing meetings with airlines.

“We will definitely make an announcement once all options have been studied, bearing in mind what (Transportation) Secretary (Arthur P.) Tugade has always been directing us to prioritize — comfort, convenience and safety,” she said.

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The government-run Philippine Information Agency posted on May 6 in social media sites the new airline assignments, but has since been taken down after DoTr was alerted of the misinformation. — Denise A. Valdez

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