MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado. Photo by Raoul Esperas
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) expressed fears that the transfer of five international carriers to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) could be delayed.
The five airlines—Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Royal Dutch Airlines, and Emirates Airlines—were supposed to transfer to NAIA-3 by August to help decongest NAIA-Terminal 1.
However, MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said these five carriers are among the 17 foreign airlines that expressed disinterest in integrating airport terminal fees in their ticket prices.
Honrado said the airport authority will not allow the transfer or operation of any airline that will not follow the new policy.
"We as an authority will exercise its power not to allow the transfer or operation of any airline…This move is for the interest of the greater majority and we as a nation will not be held captive to their personal gain,” he said.
He added that the airport authority is optimistic that the NAIA-3 project will be completed and fully operational by August this year. -- Report from Raoul Esperas