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Ex-Cebu airport chief convicted of graft over overpriced fire truck

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Adelberto Yap is sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison

CONVICTED. Sandiganbayan convicts former Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) general manager Adelberto Yap. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

First civilian flight since 2012 lands in Aleppo

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The flight comes days after the government announced it had wrested the entire region around the second city of Aleppo back from jihadists and their rebel allies

FIRST CIVILIAN FLIGHT. The cockpit of the plane that carried out a flight from the Syrian capital Damascus to Aleppo is pictured upon the plane's arrival at the airport of the northern city that reopened today for the first time since the war forced its closure in 2012. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

LOOK: How syndicates, airport officials split P10,000 bribe from POGO workers

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:59 PM

In a modus called 'pastillas,' POGOs pay P10,000 per person and provide free lunch to get VIP treatment

BREAKDOWN. A table from an informant shows how airport officials split a P2,000 bribe among them.

Duterte inaugurates Sangley Airport

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) The airport will initially operate general aviation and turboprop flights from 6 am to 6 pm

UP FOR INAUGURATION. The Sangley Airport will soon be ready to serve general aviation and turboprop operations. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Dubai airport reports first dip in passenger numbers in 20 years

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Traffic at Dubai International Airport drops 3.1% to 86.4 million passengers in 2019

BUSY AIRPORT. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows Emirates planes parked at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Pampanga, Iloilo ramp up defenses against spread of coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Though both provinces remain free of the nCoV, they have assigned facilities in case of an outbreak

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

China favored? Malacañang 'open' to complaints on Sangley airport project

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang assumes the Sangley Point International Airport project is 'aboveboard,' unless it receives proof showing otherwise

COMPLAINTS. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo asks for proof on the supposedly questionable bidding process for the Sangley Airport project. Screenshot from RTVM

Baguio local gov't orders demolition of structures in Loakan airport buffer zone

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The 150-meter buffer zone declared by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) must be clear of obstructions in preparation for Loakan airport's commercial operations

BUFFER ZONE: The Baguio City government has issued demolition notices to some 200 structures identified within the buffer zone of the Loakan airport to pave the way for its opening for commercial operations. Photo from the Public Information Office- City of Baguio

Aklan health authorities send back to Wuhan 80 Boracay-bound tourists

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The tourists are part of a group which left before a lockdown was imposed by Chinese authorities on the city known as the epicenter of the raging coronavirus outbreak

VIGILANCE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH suspends flights to and from Wuhan, China, amid virus outbreak

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The Civil Aeronautics Board orders airlines to monitor events in other cities that may be susceptible to the spread of the novel coronavirus

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CONTEXT: Number of airports, seaports, bridges, roads in 'Duterte legacy' graphic

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Not all of the 64 airports, 243 seaports, 2,709 bridges, and 9,845 kms of roads are newly built. It includes projects involving repair, rehabilitation, widening, or expansion of existing infrastructure.

NAIA on 'road to recovery' as flight operations back to normal

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Airport authorities will not implement the two-hour closure for regular runway maintenance on Wednesday, January 15, to allow airlines to mount more flights, as some had to cancel flights earlier due to the Taal Volcano eruption

NORMAL OPERATIONS. Airport Chief Ed Monreal says the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now on normal operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NAIA targets partial operations on January 13

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:55 PM

NAIA is no longer experiencing ashfall. Departure flights will be prioritized on Monday, January 13, to free up aircraft parking slots.

NAIA flights 'on hold' due to Taal Volcano ash eruption

Jan 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ash reaches NAIA's runways and ramps. The suspension of flights will remain in effect 'until further notice.'

Passenger planes are parked while others taxi at the departure building of Manila international airport on December 3, 2019, hours before the deadline of the closure of the airport due to Typhoon Kamurri. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Kazakhstan observes day of mourning after fatal jet crash

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Kazakh authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the disaster, and the plane's black boxes have been sent to Moscow for examination

CRASH SITE. A view of the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty on December 27, 2019. Photo by Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP

Construction firm promises to finish Antique Airport by 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The redevelopment of the Antique Airport is expected to boost economic activity in the province

Photo from DOTr

Jetstar plane stuck at NAIA runway

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(5th UPDATE) The Tokyo-bound plane gets stuck at the grassy portion of the runway following a mishap during takeoff. Airport authorities say the incident is expected to have a 'very minimal' effect on runway operations.

Baby found dead in NAIA Terminal 3 restroom

Dec 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority orders a review of security camera footage within the vicinity of the restroom

NAIA TERMINAL 3. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Legazpi Airport rehabilitation could take up to 40 days

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:42 PM

While the rehabilitation is ongoing, the airport's international arrival area will be used as its interim pre-departure area

MAJOR DAMAGE. The Legazpi Airport passenger terminal was heavily damaged when Typhoon Tisoy made landfall in Sorsogon last December 2. Photo by Simvale Sayat/AFP

FALSE: Duterte 'built 200 international and domestic airports'

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

There are 197 'airport projects' under Build, Build, Build, but these include rehabilitation, maintenance, and upgrading projects

NAIA reopens runways for recovery flights

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Scheduled flights will be accommodated from 11 pm of December 3 to 1:30 am of December 4

NAIA REOPENS. Passenger planes are parked while others taxi at the departure building of Manila international airport on December 3, 2019, hours before the deadline of the closure of the airport due to Typhoon Kamurri. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

LOOK: Legazpi Airport sustains heavy damage due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara says they will inspect the airport facilities soon as weather in the province improves

A view of the destroyed wall of the passenger terminal in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on December 3, 2019, after Typhoon Kamurri battered the province. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Simvale SAYAT / AFP)

NAIA terminals to close for 12 hours on December 3 due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Stranded passengers are advised to stay home and avoid going to the airport

CLOSED. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals will be closed for 12 hours on December 3, due to the expected winds and rains brought about by Typhoon Tisoy. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

NAIA Consortium proposal gets go signal from NEDA Board

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The proposal of top Philippine conglomerates to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport gets the green light from the powerful NEDA Board

Passengers arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Manila on October 19, 2011. The Philippine government pledged on October 19 to improve the country's main airport after it was named the world's worst following complaints of thieving staff, dirty toilets and a collapsing ceiling. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Tay Boon Keh, 66, pleads guilty to charges of swapping tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport between November 2016 and February 2017

NAIA Customs intercepts P41M worth of shabu from Filipina passenger

Nov 09, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport says it intercepted two similar shipments from Cambodia last October

SEIZED. Customs agents at NAIA Terminal 3 show the media the shabu they intercepted from a Filipina passenger who had flown in from Cambodia. Photo courtesy of the BOC

Passenger arrested for bomb joke at Davao airport

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The incident also delays the departure of a Davao-Cebu flight on Sunday, November 3

Photo from Shutterstock

SM not participating in Sangley Airport project

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:10 PM

SM Investments Corporation distances itself from the Sangley Airport project, while other companies tiptoe around the news

6 companies eye $10-B Sangley Airport expansion project

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Groundbreaking is set for January 15, 2020, and 'the first runway will be completed in 3 years,' says Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla

EXPANSION. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla named 5 major local companies and one Chinese company that have expressed interest in the expansion of Sangley Airport. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Travelers to Korea can now depart from Clark airport

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The Clark-to-Incheon route will run daily, with one round trip each day

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

LIST: NAIA preparations for Undas 2019

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Both passengers and airlines play a part in ensuring smooth airport operations

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