Sev­eral NAIA flights can­celled for nav­i­ga­tional sys­tem tran­si­tion

Business World - - Thenation - Denise A. Valdez

SEV­ERAL in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic flights at the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NAIA) next week have been can­celled by air­lines upon the re­quest of the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of the Philip­pines (CAAP) to give way to an air nav­i­ga­tional sys­tem tran­si­tion. In a state­ment on Thurs­day, CAAP said the af­fected flights are from Nov. 15 to 20. It said it asked lo­cal air­lines and the Air­port Co­or­di­na­tion Aus­tralia (ACA) to re­duce flights by at least four ar­rivals per hour from the usual 40 per hour for the tran­si­tion. “The re­duc­tion of flights was de­cided as a safety mea­sure as the old Manila ACC (area con­trol cen­ter) radar, which has a lim­ited ca­pac­ity, un­der­goes a tran­si­tion phase to the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Nav­i­ga­tion, Sur­veil­lance/Air Traf­fic Man­age­ment (CNS/ATM) sys­tem, which can cover the whole coun­try,” it said. The P10.8-bil­lion new air traf­fic sys­tem, in­au­gu­rated in Jan­uary, is ex­pected to help re­duce con­ges­tion in the coun­try’s airspace and im­prove air traf­fic man­age­ment safety. CAAP said the CNS/ATM sys­tem will ben­e­fit more than 40 air­ports in the coun­try. —

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