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MIAA: All flights to operate out of Terminal 1

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) ordered Thursday the closure of Centennial Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and the Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal 4 starting March 28, 2020, as the agency continues to streamline the efficiency of the airport operations.
PARKED PLANES. Due to inactivity, several aircraft are parked on Runway 13/31. Local airlines have cancelled all domestic and international flights until April 14, 2020. Photo from Wacky Manansala.
At 12:01 am of Saturday, all flights arriving and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be funneled down to Terminal 1. From this point onward, Terminal 1 will be the only designated passenger terminal building to serve the remaining scheduled international flights throughout the quarantine period.

The Centennial Terminal 2, however, will be designated as the staging area for sweeper and repatriation flights in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The move means the following airlines will operate from Terminal 1 beginning this weekend: Gulf Air, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Hong Kong Air, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Royal Brunei.

"As of date, landing and take-off have dramatically dropped from the usual 768 flight movements per day to 50 movements as air carriers began suspending their operations after foreign governments enacted closing down of their borders to curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus," MIAA said in a press release.

According to MIAA, Oman Air will suspend its flights from Muscat to Manila starting today. Singapore Airlines and Royal Brunei will follow suit with the suspension of operations set to take place starting March 29, 2020, until further notice.

Recently, Philippine Airlines also announced a temporary "pause" on its operations by canceling its remaining international operations due to sustainability issues. It can be noted that the flag carrier continued to fly to limited international destinations as a "public service" to ferry stranded foreign and Filipino nationals.

The closure was confirmed after MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal consulted with the Airline Operations Council (AOC) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to ensure the safety of the airport workers onsite "while ensuring continuous operations in NAIA."

It will enable the agency to reduce airport personnel who will report to work, to control the costs on utilities with the closure of terminals, and to support ground handling companies in providing a more efficient and cost-effective logistics system.

"A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has also been issued informing pilots around the world that only NAIA Terminal 1 remains in operation for the duration of the ECQ," MIAA announced.

The following airlines have already canceled flights from Manila since last week: Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, KLM, Air China, Air New Guinea, China Eastern, China Southern, Ethiopian Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Kuwait Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Thai Airways, Scoot, and Xiamen Airlines.

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