Poe wants Senate probe with airport execs over NAIA runway incident - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Poe wants Senate probe with airport execs over NAIA runway incident

Senator Grace Poe wants to file resolution to seek explanation from NAIA's management / photo file from Rappler

Manila, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Sunday said that she wants to file a Senate resolution to seek explanation from the management of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) over the runway mishap caused by Chinese airline.

The senator said that NAIA should explain why it took two days to remove the Chinese plane that blocked its main runway, causing delays to hundreds of flights.

Poe, chair of the Senate public services committee said that she would file a resolution on Monday, directing her panel to probe the airport’s operational procedures in responding to emergency situations, as such.

"This is not the first time that a plane has skidded off the runway and it certainly won't be the last," Poe said in a statement.

"Bakit inabot ng dalawang araw bago magsimula ulit ang operasyon ng NAIA? Hindi ba kayang gawin ito nang mas mabilis para hindi gaanong naperwisyo ang libu-libong pasahero?"  the senator added.

(Translation: Why did it take 2 days for NAIA operations to resume? Was it impossible to solve this faster so that thousands would not have been inconvenienced?)

NAIA authorities had its main runway closed late Thursday after Xiamen Airlines plane tripped off its left engine during a bumpy landing and blocked the way.*

A XiamenAir Boeing 737-800 series passenger aircraft, operating as flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila tripped off the NAIA runway / photo grabbed from Philstar

There were hundred flights cancelled, others were diverted to Clark and Cebu airports before the runway was reopened on Saturday afternoon.

“Bakit hinayaang dumami ang tao sa NAIA hanggang napuno ito? Wala ba silang polisiya na abisuhan ang mga customer kapag may ganitong insidente? Kung may free mobile disaster warnings, hindi ba pwede magkaroon, on their own initiative, ng free cancelled flight alerts?” Poe said.

(Translation: Why people were allowed to go to NAIA until it was packed? Isn’t there any policy to notify the customers on incidents like this? If there are free mobile disaster warnings, can’t they have free cancelled flights alerts, on their own initiative?”

“The public deserves an acceptable explanation. This is important, considering that NAIA remains the primary gateway for foreign tourists into the country," the lawmaker added.

Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Eddie Monreal, airline executives and some affected passengers will be invited to join the Senate hearing on the said incident, says Poe.

On the said Senate hearing, a resolution filed by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on the status of Metro Manila airports and the government’s plans on modernizing them will also be discussed.

Poe said that she also wants to get the status of the P350-billion plan of a private consortium to rehabilitate and improve NAIA.

 Source: ABS CBN