Airport Authority reminds passengers to plan for trips in view of APEC

PARAÑAQUE CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA)--In view of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events in November, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) advised passengers to plan trips well ahead or after the meetings that will be attended by various heads of state.

In a news release, MIAA said increased commercial flight disruptions are expected the entire third week of November as periodic runway closures will be in place as heads of state arrive and leave Manila.

A number of attending leaders have submitted their flight schedules to the APEC National Coordinating Council which were presented in yesterday’s fifth APEC coordination meeting of the Airport Authority with airlines and ground handlers.

Leaders will start flying in on November 16 until the following day.

No flight movements of heads of state are expected on November 18, the first day of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

Heads of state are expected to leave Manila on November 19 and 20.

Normal flight operations are expected to resume on November 21.

As of today, the MIAA stressed that there will still be commercial flights from November 16 to 20.

These, however, will be subjected to delays and even cancellations.

Passengers are advised not to fly on these dates to avoid any inconvenience.

Airlines are also expected to release changes in their flight schedules for November in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, to ensure that commercial flights will still be accommodated on the said dates, restrictions will be in place for cargo and general aviation flights the entire week of the engagement in November.

Scheduled runway closures for maintenance services during the early hours of the morning will also be lifted until the heads of state leave Manila. (MIAA/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)

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