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Indonesian arrested with P54 million worth of shabu at Manila airport

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Authorities intercept more or less 8 kilograms of shabu from the passenger who arrived from Siam Reap, Cambodia, via Flight 5J 528

MIAA clarifies opening of bags at NAIA: Only for 'specific need'

Oct 03, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Why will we open bags? We have x-rays,' says Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, who adds that the 'specific need' to open certain bags will be determined by security personnel

SECURITY. Passengers line up outside to enter NAIA Terminal 3. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P35M worth of shabu seized at NAIA, suspect arrested

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The suspect, who was on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hanoi, Vietnam, escapes as customs agents try to check his luggage. He is eventually captured in Tarlac.

Customs seizes P15 million worth of used mobile phones at NAIA

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The importation of used cell phones and accessories in bulk or for commercial use is not allowed

U.S. lifts advisory on NAIA security concerns

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The United States Department of Homeland Security cites 'significant improvements' in the security operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SECURITY. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has made significant improvements to its security measures, says the US Department of Homeland Security. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

APEC party-list congressman briefly held at NAIA over bomb joke

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Cracking bomb jokes inside the airport is prohibited by law, punishable by prison time of up to 5 years or a maximum fine of P40,000

BOMB JOKER. APEC Representative Sergio Dagooc is not detained because of congressional immunity. Photo from APEC's website

NAIA Customs confiscates guns, ammo in Pasay warehouse

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Customs finds the firearms cache abandoned inside the DHL warehouse

ILLEGAL. The Bureau of Customs NAIA shows to the media the different illegal firearms they seized in Pasay City. Photo from BOC

Duterte orders Sangley airport operations 'to start immediately'

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:48 AM

During a Cabinet meeting, President Duterte also hints at a revamp at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Python seized at NAIA

May 08, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Customs officials discover a 20-inch reticulated python concealed in a bluetooth speaker

SEIZED. This python was found inside a blue tooth speaker at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 5, 2019. Photo from BOC

Canceled Cebu Pacific flights from April 28 to 30

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Cebu Pacific cancels more flights, saying that its operations 'have been severely limited by a number of factors'

NAIA Consortium submits updated proposal ahead of April 30 deadline

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Transportation receives a copy of the NAIA Consortium's updated proposal on Tuesday night, April 23

REHAB. The NAIA Consortium plans to rehabilitate the country's main gateway. File photo by DOTr

ADVISORY: Some PAL flights moved to NAIA Terminal 1

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Philippine Airlines says 'these operational adjustments are being carried out to help minimize passenger congestion'

Maria Ressa arrested at NAIA over Anti-Dummy Law

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Immediately after deplaning, Ressa goes with arresting Pasig police officers to post bail

ARRESTED. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is arrested upon arrival at the NAIA over a charge of violating the Anti-Dummy Law. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Customs confiscates cache of firearms, ammunition in Pasay City

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The Bureau of Customs seizes pistols, ammunition and ammunition magazines

CONFISCATED. Customs seized these guns and ammo at a warehouse in Pasay City. Photo by Bureau of Customs

Tony Labrusca apologizes to immigration officer over airport incident

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'My biggest mistake perhaps was letting my emotion get the better of me and again, I'm sorry,' says Tony

Piñol sacks NAIA quarantine team

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol cites inadequate measures at the NAIA to prevent the entry of swine fever into the country

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol says he is open to a debate over the 4Ps program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH gov't to prioritize strict airport security

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Malacañang says Philippine authorities will consider the recommendations of the US Department of Homeland Security, which issued a travel advisory on inadequate aviation security at the NAIA

AIRPORT SECURITY. The US Department of Homeland Security warns travellers against the lax security measures at NAIA. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

'No cause for alarm' despite U.S. advisory on inadequate security at NAIA – MIAA

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:25 PM

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal also says no complications regarding passengers are expected to arise as services for the airport were not downgraded

ASSURANCES. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal gave assurances passengers will not be burdened by security enhancements at NAIA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. airlines ordered to alert passengers of inadequate security at NAIA

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The Homeland Security of the US says experts determined that the NAIA does not maintain or carry out 'effective security' that meets the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization

SECURITY. Security experts from the US Department of Homeland Security Transport Security Authority found the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is employing inadequate security measures. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

U.S. says NAIA security measures inadequate – envoy

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation says it is acting on recommendations of US authorities to improve security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SECURITY. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is employing inadequate security measures, says the US Department of Homeland Security. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

NAIA Terminal 3 to suspend overnight parking

Dec 26, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Overnight parking at NAIA Terminal 3 will be unavailable from December 28 to January 3, 2019

Korean intercepted at NAIA for carrying P25.7 million

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas allows foreign travelers to carry only up to $10,000 whenever they enter or leave the country

VIOLATOR. The Bureau of Customs intercepts a Korean tourist at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

More flights to be canceled as NAIA upgrades air traffic system

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:35 PM

At least 4 flights will be canceled per hour from November 15 to 20

RADAR. The Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management system at NAIA will be upgraded. CAAP Photo

Canceled flights at NAIA in November 2018

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of flights canceled as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport conducts runway maintenance and upgrades its air traffic system

P2P buses to NAIA from Alabang and Laguna available by November 8

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The new routes to NAIA will have 4 stops: two in Muntinlupa and 2 in Sta Rosa, Laguna

POINT-TO-POINT. The South-NAIA P2P route by UBE Express will start operations on November 8. Photo from Ube Express Facebook page

NAIA Customs bust: P15M worth of illegal drugs

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The latest apprehensions at the NAIA raises the Customs haul to a historic 27 drug busts in 6 months

Lawmaker John Bertiz under fire over NAIA 'shoes' video

Sep 30, 2018 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation vows to investigate the incident involving lawmaker John Bertiz and an airport screening security officer

CHECKPOINT. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (R) confronts an airport security checker on September 29, 2018. Screenshot from the gifinoy Facebook page

P5.44 million worth of shabu seized in NAIA

Sep 23, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The shabu is hidden in a package declared as an art table

ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUGS OPERATION. Customs officials intercept an illegal shipment at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NAIA opens 2 newly-built rapid exit taxiways

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:00 PM

With this new addition, NAIA now has 4 high speed exits for commercial airlines to use

NAIA's NEW TAXIWAYS. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH gov't now seeking nearly P72 million from Xiamen Air

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Parallel investigations into the Xiamen Air runway mishap are still ongoing

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Eddie Monreal at the senate hearing on public service. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the NAIA runway accident

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Watch the hearing on the Xiamen Air mishap at the NAIA runway live on Monday, September 10

Xiamen Air to 'negotiate' with PH government over P33-million fine

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority plans to increase the fine to cover other costs stemming from the runway mishap at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

NEGOTIATIONS. Manila International Airport Authority Ed Monreal says Xiamen Air representatives are set to arrive in the Philippines this week. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

You can now ride P2P buses from Araneta Cubao to NAIA

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A premium point-to-point bus route from Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now operational, only for P100

POINT-TO-POINT. UBE Express launched a point-to-point (P2P) bus from Araneta Center Cubao in Quezon City to NAIA in Pasay. Photo from Araneta Center's FB page

After NAIA runway mess, CAAP backs creation new airport dev't body

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The proposed Philippine Airport Development Corporation will oversee the construction, maintenance, and development of all airports in the country

AVIATION AUTHORITY CHIEF. CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco attends the House committee on transportation’s probe into the runway mess at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel to probe Xiamen Air runway accident at NAIA

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:55 PM

House transportation committee chairperson Cesar Sarmiento himself filed the resolution directing his own panel to investigate the NAIA runway mess

LAWMAKERS TO INVESTIGATE. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Recordings of Xiamen Air flight in NAIA runway mishap back in Manila

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Aircraft Investigation and Inquiry Board investigators confirm the black box data recording is of good quality

SKID. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Recto to DOTr: Why so slow with airport projects?

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'May opportunity costs 'to. Kung sa EDSA, you lose P3 billion [daily]; sa himpapawid, magkano kaya?' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

OVERCAPACITY. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the Department of Transportation should hasten the rollout of airport projects. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hit Tugade's absence during NAIA runway mess

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'You should have been on top of everything. 'Di ko makita [ang] scenario na 'di kayo bahagi ng crisis committee,' Senator Nancy Binay tells Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Sec. Arthur Tugade of the Dept of Transportation (DOTr) at the senate hearing on public services Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DFA releases P4.8M to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:11 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs extends financial assistance to hundreds of affected overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Passengers flock NAIA Terminal 1 Departure to wait for or rebook their canceled flights on August 20, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

TIMELINE: Xiamen Air plane mishap at NAIA runway

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Here's a rundown of what has happened after a Xiamen Air plane skidded off the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway

RUNWAY MISHAP. A torn-off engine pod from a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 series passenger aircraft, operating as Flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila, is seen on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

NAIA resumes normal operations

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Flight operations are back to normal on the 5th day since the runway mishap, but airlines are still attending to passengers whose flights were canceled

WAITING. Passengers flock NAIA Terminal 1 Departure to wait for or rebook their canceled flights on August 20, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MIAA chief Monreal: I will not resign

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

'I can say and I can look people straight in the eye that I did my best,' says Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal

NOT RESIGNING. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal says his team did his best on the NAIA runway mishap. MIAA file photo

Xiamen Air charged initial P15M over runway accident

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The figure does not include the revenue impact of disrupted flight operations caused by the accident, says the Manila International Airport Authority

RELIEF. Xiamen Air flight MF8667 is lifted by a telescopic boom crane. MIAA Photo

61 uncoordinated flights worsened NAIA delays

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Manila airport authorities are still determining whether they will impose penalties on the involved airlines

NAIA. Uncoordinated flights crowded the NAIA plane parking space. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DFA to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Philippine embassies can issue certifications 'to explain to foreign employers the delay in the arrival of their Filipino employees'

RUNWAY MISHAP. Stranded passengers crowd NAIA Terminal 1 on August 17, 2018, following the accident of a Xiamen Air plane in a NAIA runway. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Removing plane was Xiamen Air's responsibility – MIAA

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Airport authorities say they only took over the plane's removal because waiting for Xiamen Air 'might take a week'

A torn-off engine pod from a XiamenAir Boeing 737-800 series passenger aircraft, operating as flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila, is seen after the aircraft slid off the runway while attempting to land in bad weather at the Manila international airport on August 17, 2018.  A Chinese passenger jet slid off the runway as it landed at Manila airport in torrential rain, authorities said August 17, with all 165 people on board safely evacuated though a few suffered minor injuries.   / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

OFWs can lose jobs after NAIA runway accident

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) An apology from Xiamen Air and government officials is not enough, the OFWs have to be compensated, says Migrante, an advocacy group for the welfare of overseas Filipino workers

PH gov't asks Xiamen Air to pay over NAIA mishap

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:34 PM

The total cost of the fine has yet to be determined

CRANE. Xiamen Air flight MF8667 being lifted by a telescopic boom crane. MIAA Photo

Xiamen Air says sorry days after runway mishap

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:26 PM

But Malacañang says an apology from Xiamen Air is not enough

RUNWAY MISHAP. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slides off the NAIA runway in Parañaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler