FILE PHOTO: Passengers at NAIA
MANILA, Philippines — Since Saturday, additional immigration officers have been on duty at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). They will help in processing passengers during the long holiday.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Eddie Monreal conducted an inspection of the three NAIA terminals on Monday .
Passengers lining up at the immigration section were noticeably few. There are, however, officers stationed in every booth.
Aside from the 140 immigration officers, there are 300 other immigration officers on standby in case of manpower shortage at the airport.
MIAA personnel have also been working at the immigration center to help passengers in the queue.
Based on data from MIAA, more than 100,000 passengers have arrived at NAIA since April 8 and 9. However, due to worries over long lines, most passengers come to the airport early, with some checking-in at the counter five hours before their scheduled flights.
“Para hindi maabala sa traffic tsaka sa pila. Sabi may problema nga daw pero sana wala para di kami ma-late (So we won’t be delayed by the heavy traffic and the long queue. They said there are problems. I hope there won’t be any so we won’t be late),” said passenger, Dione Hendrick.
Another passenger, Lorenzo Gajunera, went to the airport 13 hours before his flight.
“Kasi yung van na sinakyan namin galing Ilocos at dumating dito alas kuatro ng madaling araw; 5pm ang flight ko (The van we were in came all the way from Ilocos. It arrived here at 4:00 a.m. My flight is at 5:00 p.m.),” he said.
MIAA is confident that all NAIA terminals are ready for the expected influx of passengers during the long holiday.
“To me its a normal operation. Wala tayong nakitang masyadong congestion as supposed yung mga reported before na nakikita dito sa terminal (We have not seen any heavy congestion as supposed to what was reported before as seen at the terminal). So far, so good,“ said MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue