NAIA 3 and 4 Closed for Traffic on January 15

20 December 2014

by Kris Bayos

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 4 will be closed to arriving flights due to the closure of roads during Pope Francis’ visit next month.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado has confirmed that NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 will be totally isolated due to the planned five-hour closure of roads leading to Villamor Airbase where the Pope will land on January 15 and depart on January 19.

MIAA will close the runway for arriving flights on Terminals 3 and 4 between 3pm to 5pm but will keep the hub operational for departing flights during Pope Francis’ transit.

“We are not closing the airport just because of the Pope’s visit. We are limiting operations due to the closure of roads around Terminal 3 and 4,” Honrado said.

“Due to these plans, we are advising departing passengers to come to the airport hours before the roads close or they can proceed to the designated staging areas where shuttle service will be provided to transport them to Terminal 3 or 4 via the airside roads,” he said.

He added that staging areas will be set up at Nayong Filipino or Terminal 1 Parking Area B. Unlike Terminals 3 and 4, Terminals 1 and 2 will be partially accessible via the Bicutan-Sucat road network.

Honrado recently met with airline executives and left it to them to decide whether to cancel, divert or delay their arriving flights coinciding with the planned road closure. The aircraft carrying Pope Francis will land at 5:45 p.m. on January 15 and will depart for Rome at 9:45 a.m. on January 19.

The aviation official refused to give an estimate as to the potential losses of government for foregone aircraft landing fees and passenger terminal charges. At least five international airlines operate at the NAIA Terminal 3 while domestic carriers operate at Terminal 4. Airlines also stand to lose profit due to the cancelled, diverted or delayed flights. - Manila Bulletin

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