CAAP warns against airport trespassing, files charges over safety breach


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a stern warning against airport trespassing, citing substantial fines and potential imprisonment for offenders.

This statement is coupled with CAAP’s recent filing of a criminal case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding an incident at the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Malay, Aklan.

The case stems from an illegal entry into the said airport, where an individual allegedly damaged the perimeter fence and placed harmful debris on the runway.

Such debris poses severe Foreign Object Debris (FOD) hazards, potentially compromising aircraft safety during takeoffs and landings.

CAAP Director General Captain Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo initiated the criminal action, ensuring accountability for this severe violation.

The CAAP cites Section 81 (b) (7) of Republic Act No. 9497, which identifies damage to air navigation facilities and interference with their operations as punishable offenses.

Those convicted face penalties of one to six years imprisonment or fines of up to one million pesos (Php 1,000,000.00).

The CAAP’s firm stance highlights its commitment to upholding airport safety and security standards. Their actions send a clear message that individuals endangering aviation operations will face legal consequences.

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