MIAA All Set to clear ramp of derelict planes

Countdown begins 

September 2, 2011

While historical aircraft are a sight to see and behold, it has no place in an active airport which turned out to be the country's busiest aerodome. They have to be in museums which the airport is not.

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Retired Major General Jose Angel Honrado, has issued and order telling the owners of the derelict airplanes remove them at the grounds of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) within 30 days or be charged fees for its storage.

"Abandoned aircraft not claimed or removed from the parking space at the general aviation area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex would be charged parking fees or towed away", the airport’s top official said Thursday.

He said the aircraft, some of which were in varying states of disrepair, posed a danger to airport operations, “apart from being an eyesore and a safety hazard.” Aircraft not claimed would be auctioned off.

The airport manager said aircraft owners would be charged P31.54 per square meter as parking fee per month.

According to MIAA Airport monitoring inspector Lloyd Villagante, “Some of the aircraft are no longer flyable, while others are still waiting for buyers according to their owners.”

He said the owners were told as far back as October last year to remove their aircraft, but so far no one had complied.He said notices were sent to the owners again last month with the grace period set to expire on September 10.

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