Koko pushes alternative sites to decongest PH’s biggest airport
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III wants government to “go full blast” with the development of other air transport hubs after a recent landing mishap of an international carrier at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that resulted in to delays and cancellations of local and foreign flights.
“We can’t dillydally anymore. I made the same call in 2016. Let’s not wait for another airplane incident which hassled thousands of passengers to realize there should be an urgent and comprehensive government plan to decongest the NAIA,” Pimentel said in a news release issued Monday.
A Xiamen Airlines passenger plane slid off a NAIA runway during a heavy downpour late Thursday night, August 16. All 157 passengers and eight flight crew were safely removed from the aircraft.
The incident, however, led to flight delays and cancellations for two consecutive days because airport authorities needed to remove the stalled aircraft from t