THE Manila International Airport Authority is gearing up to accommodate thousands of air travelers going to and coming from Manila to ensure their safety and convenience in time for the observance of Lent.
MIAA general manager Eddie Monreal said stricter security measures will be enforced at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and a contingency plan will be made to assist Immigration officers in managing queuing in their area so they can maximize use of their people to process arriving and departing passengers of international flights.
He added that the MIAA also coordinated with airline representatives, Bureau of Customs, Police-Aviation Security Group, and private security agencies to ensure all their personnel are present to accommodate and protect the passengers.
Monreal said brand new air-conditioners were also set up at Naia Terminal 3 especially at the domestic side where an increase number of both domestic and international passengers are expected.
Airport workers were instructed to prioritize passengers whose flights are about to board, elders and persons with disability, and those passengers with connecting flights.
“Preparations are in place to make sure that traveling will be as hassle-free as possible this coming Holy Week. Help desk will also be installed at all international and domestic terminals to be manned by MIAA public affairs, terminal operations, medical and terminal police,” said Monreal.
Coordination has also been made with airlines regarding the efficient processing of their passengers especially at the check-in counters. Additional airline personnel will be deployed as needed to accommodate the increase in travelers.
Both the Airport Police Department and the PNP-Avsegroup will be assigned to secure the immediate premises of the airport by means of, among others, K9 units.
Monreal likewise recommended that welcome and send-off parties be minimized to avoid congestion at the terminals.
Travelers are also reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport and to stow all belongings in one’s carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints. They are also encouraged to make use of airline check-in kiosks to hasten check-in procedures.