MIAA  TO  REOPEN  22  NAIA  BUSINESSES  CLOSED  EARLIER

MANILA, October 8, 2004  (STAR) By Sandy Araneta - Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Alfonso Cusi yesterday said he will prioritize the reopening of 22 food stalls and other businesses of concessionaires at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) earlier ordered closed due to security and safety concerns.

Late last month, Cusi ordered the non-renewal of contracts of 22 concessionaires handling food and other services at the NAIA.

In a notice of termination served Sept. 29, Cusi said the cancellation of the concessionaires’ contracts and temporary permits was brought about by "worsening threats of terrorism."

Affected by the order of closure are various food stalls, phone card booths, hotel counters and other establishments with close to 200 workers.

In ordering the reopening of the businesses, Cusi said he will prioritize the 22 concessionaires at the arrival and departure areas of NAIA Terminal 1, including Café Amparo Snack Bar, Café Amparo Snack Counter, ABO Food Stuff, OBJ Snack Counter, Deli France, El Cielo Snack Counter and Buko Jeff.

Most of these concessions have been in the NAIA since NAIA Terminal 1 was established more than 20 years ago.

Cusi, however, stressed that they will have to be relocated to other areas of the terminal where security concerns and orderliness will not be compromised.


Reported by: Sol  Jose  Vanzi

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