AIRPORT MANAGER MANDA ASSURES: NO DISRUPTION OF FLIGHTS AT NAIA

PARANAQUE CITY, November 28, 2003 (STAR) By Sandy Araneta - Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Edgardo Manda assured the public yesterday that flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 would not be disrupted despite a warning from Parañaque City Mayor Joey Marquez that he would close the international airport for its alleged failure to comply with safety regulations requirements.

"We assure the public that no international air transport dislocation or stoppage will happen. We will make sure that flight operations remain normal," Manda told The STAR.

The airport chief said he has not received a letter from Marquez informing him of the closure order.

"This (NAIA) is a vital facility. Hindi puwede na basta arbitrarily ipasasara niya," he said. "This is not a parochial interest. This is a national interest."

Manda stressed that what they have to do right now is resolve the problem.

He said that this issue about a permit which has been in existence since 20 years ago, when the Air Transportation Office (ATO) was still managing the airport terminal.

"Minana ko lang iyan. Matagal nang issue iyan," he told The STAR.

"Bakit ngayon lang niya tinake-up iyan? I don’t understand," he added.

Manda, however, refused to say exactly what MIAA will do as soon as he receives the letter from the Parañaque City mayor.

Manda also denied he would simply defy the Parañaque City government’s order once it is issued.

He added that possibly, the mayor and MIAA management could first discuss the issue before anything is done arbitrarily, stressing that the national interest involved in the particular issue.

Manda said he will not be recalcitrant, and would do everything legally so as not to jeopardize the national interest.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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