Duterte vows solution to flight cancellations, delays ‘within a month’

Pia Ranada
Duterte vows solution to flight cancellations, delays ‘within a month’
The Philippine President makes a 'surprise inspection' of NAIA Terminal 2, apologizing to passengers for flight delays and cancellations

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte, during a “surprise inspection” at a Metro Manila airport, promised to find a solution to flight cancellations and delays in a month’s time.

Duterte spoke with airport officials and airplane passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 early Monday morning, June 10, according to a Malacañang news release. The airport visit took place around 2 am after Duterte dropped by the wake of Sendeng Loo Gaisano.

The “inspection” took around 30 minutes.

This was supposedly done after he heard of reports and complaints about delayed or cancelled flights, said the release.

After speaking with airport officials, the President “talked to the passengers apologizing to them (for) the inconvenience caused by the disruptions.” (READ: What to do when your flight gets canceled)

“The President vowed to come up with a remedy within a month,” continued the news release.

He had also inquired if airport staff are attending to needs of affected passengers, whether through the provision of alternative flights or incentives.

Longterm solution

Duterte was accompanied during the inspection by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco, Leyte congressman-elect Martin Romualdez, and Davao businessman Sammy Uy, a close friend of the President’s and among his presidential campaign donors.

A Philippine Airlines manager and a NAIA-Terminal 2 airport duty manager also gave the President a briefing on the flight problems and what is being done about them.

Duterte, meanwhile, gave his own inputs on possible longterm solutions to the delays and cancellations. 

“The Chief Executive discussed how flight aberrations could be minimized and what actions could be employed by the government, particularly the Department of Transportation, to solve the problem in the long term,” reads the release.

Duterte capped his time at the airport with a snack at one of the facility’s food kiosks. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.