DOT targets 4.2 million tourists in 2012, 10 million by 2016; Improved airport infrastructure needed ASAP

Interaksyon.com reports that in light of the targeted tourist numbers of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-4.2 million tourists in 2012 and 10 million by 2016- aviation industry stakeholders have once again emphasized that there’s an urgent need to improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) since it’s expected to "handle a higher volume of arrivals and departures."

Interaksyon.com reports that in light of the targeted tourist numbers of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-4.2 million tourists in 2012 and 10 million by 2016- aviation industry stakeholders have once again emphasized that there’s an urgent need to improve the  Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) since it’s expected to "handle a higher volume of arrivals and departures."

 

The Interaksyon.com report, which was written Eric B. Apolonio, revealed: "Due to the limited capacity of the sole international runway, airlines using runway 06-24 have been dogged by as much as 30-minute delays, with occasional one-hour delays, according to the spokesperson of one low-cost carrier who requested not to be named for fear of reprisal."

 

The report went on to disclose that airline operators "complain that the delays force their planes to consume so much more fuel, a cost that is eating into their profits." To give the public an idea of how much money airlines lost due to delays, the report quoted Ed Monreal, the station manager and chairman of the Airline Operators Council (AOC), who explained, "A wide-bodied aircraft bound for Hong Kong would spend about HK$6,000 (P30,000) of fuel for every minute of delay while waiting for take-off clearance."

 

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