On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 came as a surprise for the people waiting for their scheduled flights. An inspection was conducted by the President following the passengers’ complaints on delayed and cancelled flights. What will be the President’s next step to solve the problem at the airport?
Apology From The President
After hearing the airport’s situation from NAIA officials, PRRD apologized to the public for the inconvenience it may have caused due to the delay and cancellation of flights. His effort to visit the airport is said to be a sign of his concern for the greater interest of the Filipinos. The problem in NAIA 2 might be discussed during the President’s meeting with his Cabinet members.
Cause of Delay
Although other reasons for the delays and cancellations are yet to be figured out, one inevitable cause that was identified is the bad weather. Duterte asked the officials of NAIA if passengers were given proper attention to ease their discomfort during delays.
The President committed to providing a solution to NAIA’s problem within a month. He impliedly expressed his want for a revamp on NAIA executives but nothing is final. Another option by the President is to make Sangley Airport in Cavite operational by November 2019. Said airport will be handling domestic flights right away to decongest NAIA.
On the other hand, the Department of Tourism (DOTr), together with other government agencies, met to create a game plan to address aviation issues.
Meanwhile, Malacanang clarified that the presence of Leyte Representative-Elect Martin Romualdez during PRRD’s NAIA visit had nothing to do with the speakership race. Presidential Spokesperson, Salvador Panelo said, “The President will not interfere with that. We have repeatedly said that.” Romualdez and the President just attended the wake for Sendeng Loo Gaisano at Santuario de San Antonio Parish Church in Makati City.