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Duterte vows to remedy flight woes within the month

June 10, 2019 - Monday 10:06 AM by Jon Joaquin

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to come up with a remedy to flight delays and cancelations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) within the month.

This as the President made a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 on Monday morning and apologized to some of the passengers for the inconvenience caused by the disruptions.

A Malacañang statement said the President talked to airline and NAIA officials regarding the cancellations and delays “to know whether there are flight diversions and if affected passengers are given incentives to ease their inconvenience.”

The statement said a Philippine Airlines (PAL) manager and a NAIA Terminal 2 airport duty manager briefed the President on the flight woes and explained actions being undertaken to normalize the situation.

A number of flights have been delayed and even canceled over the past days, with passengers taking to social media to air their frustration.

One passenger said her flight from Manila on Sunday was canceled after waiting at the airport terminal for five hours, forcing them to stay overnight to get the 4:20 a.m. flight.

Another passenger said his Davao-Manila flight was supposed to leave at midnight Sunday but was also canceled “because of lightning alert at NAIA.” He was forced to purchase a ticket with another airline because the next available flight in his original airline would not have allowed him to reach Manila in time for a meeting.

“The President discussed how flight aberrations could be minimized and what actions could be employed by the government, particularly the Department of Transportation, to solve the problem in the long term,” Malacañang said.

“He then talked to the passengers, apologizing to them on the inconvenience caused by the disruptions.

Malacañang said with the President during the surprise inspection were Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco, Rep. Martin Romualdez, and Davao businessman Sammy Uy.