December 15, 2016
It's more fun to travel with NAIA Improvements
Before the current administration took its seat in the government, I have been hesitant to travel for a number of reasons. I’m sure you would agree that some of these will include bad news and adverse experiences of our many kababayans in our very own airport, which has been tagged as one of the world’s worst airport. The recent changes and improvements have agreeably switched the image of NAIA to travelers like myself.I started planning my jaunts months before last year ended, and here are some of the reasons why I’m very excited about these trips:
Ended laglag-bala scheme
Since the start of this administration, no one has been reported to have missed a flight for having a singular bullet in possession. No more luggages wrapped in plastic or masking tapes.
Solving airport congestion
By strictly following flight schedules and enforcing the five-minute rule, the on-time performance (OTP) of airlines at the NAIA improved from 47% to 71%. Under the five- minute rule, pilots who declare they are ready to take off must depart within the prescribed time or they would be put back at the back of the queue. The rule did not only reduce flight delays but also instilled discipline among airlines.
Commercial flights were also prioritized over general aviation. There are no general aviation operations from . General aviation is only limited to only two cycles per hour. Some General Aviation operations have moved from NAIA to Clark to help decongest NAIA.
Better terminal experience
NAIA Terminals now have cleaner toilets after airline companies agreed to be in-charge of maintenance of such facilities. 200 seats have been added in Terminal 3, while 500 more are being ordered for all NAIA terminals.
In partnership with SMART, the Department of Transportation launched a free, fast, reliable Wi-Fi service in all NAIA Terminals. All 23 transportation hubs -- - regional airports, ports and terminals, and rail stations -- - will also be equipped with Wi-Fi.
State-of-the-art CCTV system
Currently, NAIA 1 is testing state-of- the-art CCTV system at no cost to government thru a proof of concept.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) also put up a well-wishers area in Terminal 1, where our kababayans can send-off their loved ones.
Open Taxi Services
Regular taxis can now queue and pick-up passengers at designated points in NAIA terminals to address shortage of taxi units servicing passengers. Upon riding the taxi, passengers will be given a coupon containing the details of the taxi and driver for the safety and security of the passengers.
Premium airport buses
An initial fleet of 21 premium Mercedes Benz buses was launched in . The UBE Express ferry passengers from NAIA to Makati and Roxas Boulevard. They are equipped with ergonomically sound seats, Wi-Fi, and onboard display of arrival and departure information. The buses also passed EURO V emission standards.