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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.

Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversary

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The newly opened Beijing Daxing International Airport in China is about the size of 100 football pitches

People walk inside the new Beijing Daxing International Airport during its first day of operation in Beijing on September 25, 2019. - The futuristic new airport in Beijing, which is expected to become one of the busiest in the world, was opened by China's President Xi Jinping on September 25. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Fresh Hong Kong clashes outside mall but airport avoids disruption

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong police fire tear gas and rubber bullets in the northern town of Sha Tin on Sunday, September 22

Pro-democracy protesters desecrate the Chinese national flag during a protest at the New Town Plaza shopping mall in Hong Kong's Sha Tin district on September 22, 2019. - The demonstrators rallied inside a mall on September 22, with some activists vandalising a nearby subway station and defacing a Chinese flag, but plans to disrupt the airport did not materialise. (Photo by Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP)

DOTr, San Miguel ink construction deal for Manila International Airport

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Groundbreaking for the new airport is set for December

FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang sign the contract to build the Manila International Airport, which Tugade says will contribute to the public’s “freedom of choice” in traveling. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

COA asks Clark airport operator to explain millions given to illegal settlers

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Audit finds that money given to informal settlers was 'excessive.' Clark International Airport Corporation says it has since stopped giving compensation to informal settlers.

Typhoon stranded 17,000 at Tokyo airport

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Typhoon Faxai causes more than 100 flights to be scrapped and road and rail links to the airport were also badly affected, leaving many with no transport options to the city

Commuters wait to get on trains after some train services resumed in Tokyo on September 9, 2019. A powerful typhoon with potentially record winds and rain battered the Tokyo region on September 9, sparking evacuation warnings to tens of thousands, widespread blackouts and transport disruption. jiji press / AFP

Night flights begin at Bohol-Panglao International Airport

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The Bohol-Panglao International Airport extends operations until 10 pm after acquiring equipment that can handle night flights

'ECO-FRIENDLY.' The Bohol-Panglao International Airport begins operations on November 28, 2018. All photos by the Department of Transportation

Cavite group presents Sangley airport plan to Duterte in Beijing

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) The Cavite provincial government has been given 'no objection' from the DOTr 'to immediately implement the project,' says Governor Jonvic Remulla

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looks on as Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla Jr. presents to him the architect's perspective of the Sangley Point International Airport during the courtesy call on the President at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing on August 30, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Lipad Corporation takes over Clark airport operations

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Lipad Corporation CEO Bu Yong Chungunco says they are 'excited' to develop Clark International Airport as the region's premier hub

TURNOVER. Lipad Corporation Bi Yong Chungunco (5th from L) and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (6th from R) during the turnover ceremony on August 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Activists are planning a major rally on Sunday, August 18, billed as a 'rational, non-violent' protest to show the movement still maintains broad public support after suffering a setback earlier in the week

PH Consulate in Hong Kong reminds Filipinos to avoid protest venues

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Filipinos are also advised to avoid the Hong Kong International Airport as a destination or transit airport 'in the meantime'

SUSTAINED PROTESTS. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters block access to the departure gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China slams Hong Kong airport protesters as 'terrorist-like'

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) It is the second time this week that China has sought to frame the protests as 'terrorism'

Passengers check the status of their flights on an electronic board at Hong Kong's international airport on August 14, 2019. Flights were departing Hong Kong airport largely on schedule morning on August 14, a day after pro-democracy protesters caused chaos with a disruptive sit-in that paralysed the busy transport hub.  Philip FONG / AFP

Trump assailed for hands-off stance on Hong Kong

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:03 AM

The US president has no words in support of the protestors as Hong Kong experiences its largest crisis since the British handover of its former colony to China in 1997

Police stand guard at the entrance of the departure terminals at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019. - Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong's airport on August 13 as pro-democracy protesters staged a second disruptive sit-in at the sprawling complex, defying warnings from the city's leader who said they were heading down a "path of no return". (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Blockade, beating, pepper spray on second day of Hong Kong airport chaos

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Beijing is sending increasingly ominous signals that the unrest must end, with state-run media showing videos of security forces gathering across the Hong Kong border

A policeman secure Terminal 1 after a scuffle with pre-democracy protestors at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong's airport on August 13 as pro-democracy protesters staged a second disruptive sit-in at the sprawling complex, defying warnings from the city's leader who said they were heading down a "path of no return".  Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Hong Kong airport suspends all check-ins

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Hong Kong International Airport reverses a previous statement saying that all departing flights have been canceled

PROTEST BLOCK. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters (bottom) block access to the departure gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport after protest shutdown

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:03 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Passengers with luggage are being checked in at the departures hall and information boards show several flights are already boarding or about to depart

SRTRANDED. A stranded passenger wheels her luggage along on a highway near Hong Kong's international airport following a protest against the police brutality and the controversial extradition bill on August 12, 2019. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Sea of black at Hong Kong airport protest

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Instead of being met by smiling relatives and friends, passengers arriving at the airport are greeted by thousands of pro-democracy activists chanting 'fight with Hong Kong, fight for freedom!'

SEA OF BLACK. Pro-democracy protesters gather during a demonstration against police brutality and the controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's international airport on August 12, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

FAST FACTS: Hong Kong International Airport

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:13 PM

More than 5,000 pro-democracy protesters flooded Hong Kong International Airport prompting cancellations of flights. With more than 1,000 flights daily, where will this lead to?

A protester walks past an electronic board showing cancelled flights as protesters gather against the police brutality and the controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's international airport on August 12, 2019. - Hong Kong airport authorities cancelled all remaining departing and arriving flights at the major travel hub on August 12, after thousands of protesters entered the arrivals hall to stage a demonstration. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Hong Kong protests shut down airport

Aug 12, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Authorities say they are working to reopen the airport by 6 am Tuesday, August 13, but hundreds of protesters have remained in the arrivals hall well into the night with no sign of leaving

CANCELED FLIGHTS. Pro-democracy protesters gather against the police brutality and the controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's international airport on August 12, 2019. Photo by MananVatsyayana/AFP

Libya airport reopens after truce-violating rocket fire

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) 'Reopening airspace at Mitiga international airport after maintenance and that airlines can renew their flights,' the airport's management says in a statement on Facebook

GROUNDED. In this file photo taken on April 08, 2019 grounded air-planes sit on the tarmac at Mitiga International Airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

Cathay to comply with China rules over Hong Kong protests

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'We have zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour that affects the safe operation of our flights and the service experience we provide to our customers,' says Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg

PROTEST AT AIRPORT. Protesters rally against a controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's International airport on August 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong protesters stage airport rally to win visitor support

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'No rioters, only tyranny,' the demonstrators chant as they begin a three-day action – the latest in a string of protests that have rocked the international financial hub for more than two months

SIT-IN. Protesters rally against a controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong'€™s international airport on August 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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

San Miguel gets Bulacan airport project without bid challengers

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Without any challengers for its unsolicited airport proposal, San Miguel Corporation is set to build the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan

Hong Kong protesters rally at airport to 'educate' visitors

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Even flight attendants join a rally held at Hong Kong airport's arrival hall

Protesters hold placards as they rally against a controversial extradition bill in the arrivals hall of the international airport in Hong Kong on July 26, 2019. Hundreds of protesters, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport's arrival hall on July 26 in a bid to "educate" visitors about the unprecedented demonstrations recently taking place in the international finance hub. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

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

Nepal airport closed after plane skids off runway

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500, arriving into Kathmandu from southern Nepal with 66 passengers, skids about 15 meters into the grass

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

Planes landing in Israel see GPS signals disrupted

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:52 PM

It has baffled authorities who have failed to find the source and forced airports to change some landing procedures

GPS. This file photo shows the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. File photo from Wikipedia

Tugade wants Sangley Airport construction done by September 2019

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Once the Sangley Airport is ready for domestic flights, only Cebu Pacific would be immediately ready to operate at the Cavite gateway

SANGLEY AIRPORT. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade arrives at Sangley Airport to inspect the gateway. Photo from DOTr

Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario held at Hong Kong airport

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario is questioned in Hong Kong a month after the same thing happens to former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

ICC COMPLAINT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference with former ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales on March 22, 2019, about the complaint they filed against China at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva

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

Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Wreckage of trainer aircraft found off Mindoro Strait

May 20, 2019 - 5:30 PM

But the Filipino pilot and the Saudi Arabian student pilot remain missing

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

Russia probes pilot error after deadly plane blaze

May 07, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Investigators are still examining the black boxes from the plane and have so far given no official reason for the crash

PROBE. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019 by the City News Agency 'Moscow' shows emergency workers at the site of a crash of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, a day after the incident. AFP PHOTO / CITY NEWS AGENCY MOSCOW / SERGEI VEDYASHKIN

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov tells Russian media the craft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode 'because of lightning' on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk

ACCIDENT. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows destroyed fuselage at a site of a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP

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

Clark airport to resume operations at 4 pm on April 24

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Clark International Airport Corporation says it will already be 'business as usual,' following the Luzon earthquake that caused a temporary shutdown

Tugade says Clark airport to be fixed April 25 'at the latest'

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the Luzon earthquake caused around P30 million in damage to the Clark International Airport

DAED. An airport security personnel walks past the damaged portion of the Clark International Airportâ€'™s terminal. Contributed photo

At least 7 injured as Clark airport damaged by Luzon earthquake

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) The control tower and passenger terminal of the Clark International Airport are damaged, prompting the suspension of operations

DAMAGED. The ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport was damaged, after a strong earthquake rocked parts of Luzon on April 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of Lance Lauren

LOOK: Clark airport opens new facilities in time for Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:49 AM

As many as 12,000 passengers use the airport daily during Holy Week

3 killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

Apr 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

At least 3 people were injured after a small plane hit helicopters near Mount Everest

A Summit Air Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft bound for Kathmandu is seen after it hit two helicopters during take off at Lukla airport, the main gateway to the Everest region. A small plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on April 14, killing three people and injuring three, officials said.  STR / AFP

IN PHOTOS: The newly unveiled 'Jewel' at Singapore's Changi Airport

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:46 PM

An indoor waterfall, lush gardens, and airport lounge facilities are just some of the features at Jewel Changi Airport

JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT. The newest development at the Singapore's airport includes a 40-meter indoor waterfall. Photo courtesy of Changi Airport

Marinduque Airport resumes commercial operations

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Flights from Manila to Marinduque, and vice versa, are operated by Cebu Pacific every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays

Rehabilitated Marinduque Airport reopens to commercial flights. Photo courtesy of DOTr Communications