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Passenger cap at NAIA increases to 5,000 from 3,000 per day

AVIATION authorities have increased international inbound passenger capacity from 3,000 to a maximum of 5,000 per day at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a significant development for the airline industry in the Philippines which is gradually recovering from the effects of Covid-19.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Friday said that the new development came from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) advisory addressed to all airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals which took effect on Feb. 4, 2022.

In a Feb. 3, 2022 advisory signed by CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, it reminded all airlines "to ensure strict compliance with the applicable entry requirements and protocols for all its international arriving passengers under relevant Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) resolutions and/or policies."

The airlines were strictly reminded that their passengers must comply with requirements particularly with the registration to the One Health Pass (OHP) prior to boarding the flight.

All airlines are directed to screen and allow to board passengers who are compliant with the applicable requirements and protocols for international arriving passengers.

The advisory said that failure to comply with the foregoing requirements shall be meted appropriate sanctions and penalties in accordance with the Joint Memorandum Circular 2021-01 dated Jan. 8, 2021 including the other relevant and applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The government is easing borders and will allow fully vaccinated foreigners from visa-free countries to enter the country starting February 10.

MIAA Public Affairs Department head Connie Bungag said that all incoming fully vaccinated international passengers from the visa-free countries can enter the country without quarantine but for those who are partially vaccinated will undergo quarantine for seven days and on the 5th day, they will undergo swabbing.

The MIAA said that upon the recommendation of the Task Force on Covid-19 New Variants and sub-Technical Group on Data Analytics, the classification of countries/territories/jurisdictions as "Green", "Yellow", and "Red" shall be temporarily suspended.

Children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated shall follow the quarantine protocols of the parent/s or the accompanying adult/guardian travelling with them, according to MIAA.

By Benjamin L. Vergara

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