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MIAA, airlines finalize plans for APEC meet

MANILA, Philippines - The government and airline operators have started finalizing a plan in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit that will be attended by various heads of states in the Philippines in November.

Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), met with representatives of airline firms yesterday to lay down arrangements at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) during the APEC summit on Nov. 18.

Honrado informed the officials of the airlines that a quasi-emergency closure of runways would be in place as soon as the heads of state approach the runway until their aircraft have parked.

According to him, MIAA has identified at least 22 aircraft parking slots that would be used by the heads of state as they arrive in Manila at least two days before the scheduled conference.

Only the principal aircraft of the head of state would be allowed to park at NAIA, while secondary aircraft would have to park at other airports.

Likewise, he added that MIAA would also coordinate with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to minimize flight delays and diversions.

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Should there be delayed flights brought about by APEC procedures, he explained that the Civil Aeronautics Board has agreed not to hold airlines liable.

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