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Trapped for 110 days in NAIA, Estonian finally flies home

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:47 AM

'To the travelers who might get stuck like me, don’t be afraid or don’t be ashamed to go public with the problem. You have to make the situation known…because I believe this is a violation of my rights,' says Estonian Roman Trofimov

STRANDED. Estonain Roman Trofimov boards a flight departing the Philippines after being trapped in NAIA for 110 days due to grounded flights and lockdown restrictions. Photo from Trofimov's Facebook

NAIA rehab talks fail as PH withdraws consortium's proponent status

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The NAIA Consortium is out. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says there are two other potential proponents for the upgrade project.

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Deadlock? Gov't rejects revisions to NAIA rehab

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The NAIA Consortium says it can only move forward with the project 'under revised conditions' due to the coronavirus pandemic

NAIA REHAB. Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. AFP file photo

Tourism slumps in Boracay after gradual reopening

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Recent statistics showed 81 tourists arrived on the island from June 16 to June 30. Meanwhile, Kalibo International Airport, resumes some commercial flights.

BORACAY. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Frankfurt Airport starts fast-track coronavirus testing

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The walk-in coronavirus testing center at Frankfurt Airport can handle 300 tests per hour

GATEWAY. Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Photo from Frankfurt Airport's Facebook page

Ninoy Aquino’s sister says renaming airport is denial of country’s history

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:33 PM

'The blood he shed on the airport’s tarmac symbolized the ultimate sacrifice he made as he fought for a return to democracy in the Philippines,' says Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kalibo airport open to limited domestic flights from Metro Manila starting July 1

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores has issued an executive order authorizing Kalibo airport to accept domestic flights for individuals who want to return to the province after weeks of being stranded in Metro Manila

GATEWAY TO BORACAY. The Kalibo International Airport will resume operations for limited domestic flights beginning July 1, 2020. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Robredo hits 'ill-timed' proposal to rename NAIA: 'We're in the middle of a pandemic'

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alam naman natin why it was named Ninoy Aquino International Airport. So 'yung tanong: Where is our sense of history?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

PANDEMIC. A face mask-wearing Vice President Leni Robredo visits the partners, volunteers, and drivers of her office's free shuttle service for frontliners on April 14, 2020. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

In the middle of pandemic, Paolo Duterte, 2 other lawmakers want to rename NAIA

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The Duterte-allied congressmen want to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to 'Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas'

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Singapore suspends construction of Changi Airport Terminal 5

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:40 PM

Singapore puts Changi Airport Terminal 5 on hold for two years, saying it will first study how the aviation industry will change after the coronavirus pandemic

Passengers queue at a check-in counter at Changi International Airport in Singapore on June 8, 2020, as Singapore prepares to reopen its borders after shutting them to curb the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

How to help locally stranded Filipinos near NAIA who want to go home

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Relocated to the covered court of nearby Villamor Airbase Elementary School, the stranded passengers need personal protective equipment such as face masks

Loclly Stranded Individuals set up mats to stay on under the Skyway flyover near the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on June 11, 2020, as they wait for available flights back to Mindanao after they were stranded in Metro Manila following the implementation of the ECQ. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Berlin's historic Tegel airport back from brink of closure

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany, beloved for its retro look and super-fast check-in times, will now remain in operation until November 2020

GATEWAY. The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

London City Airport to reopen end of June 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Domestic services are set to be the first to return at London City Airport

REOPENING. London City Airport. Photo from airport's website

Thailand approves $9-billion airport project by Bangkok's skytrain operator

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:55 PM

BTS Group Holdings, which operates Bangkok's skytrain, leads a consortium of companies approved to develop the Eastern Airport City project

Passengers check in to an AirAsia flight at U-Tapao Airport in Rayong on February 4, 2020, where Thais nationals who had been evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, are expected to arrive. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights

May 31, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Only domestic flights approved by CAAP will resume operations between areas under general community quarantine in June 2020, says MIAA

NAIA. The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Crashed Pakistani jet's cockpit voice recorder found

May 29, 2020 - 12:18 AM

Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan says a French-led investigation team will analyze the Airbus A320's recorders

INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Geneva Airport schedules tentative takeoff for June 15

May 28, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Flag carrier Swiss Air Lines and British no-frills carrier EasyJet will resume services from Geneva on June 15 – but to a fraction of their former destinations

Duterte wants Aaron Aquino to head Clark International Airport Corporation

May 27, 2020 - 10:28 AM

After leading the country's top anti-narcotics agency, Aaron Aquino is asked to helm a government corporation in charge of developing the second gateway to Metro Manila

PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino gestures during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Historic Berlin airport could close for good in June 2020

May 20, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany is closing on June 15 due to low demand during the coronavirus pandemic – and its shutdown might be permanent as a new airport is set to open on October 31

GATEWAY. The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Virus-ravaged UK aviation sector faces quarantine woe

May 12, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Operators of United Kingdom airlines and airports express alarm over the British government's plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on inbound travelers

Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, react as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. - The MS Braemar had more than 1,000 people aboard including five confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 50 people in isolation due to showing flu-like symptoms. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Heathrow Airport urges roadmap for quarantine exit

May 11, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye calls on the British government to 'urgently lay out a roadmap for how they will reopen borders once the disease has been beaten'

Passengers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk through the arrivals hall after landing at at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport in west London, on May 9, 2020. - Britain could introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for international arrivals to stem the spread of coronavirus as part of its plan to ease the lockdown, an airline association said Saturday, sparking alarm in an industry already badly hit by the global pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

May 09, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Manila's international airport will maintain its limit of 400 passengers daily

ARRIVALS. Passengers from international flights arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 29, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MIAA lost P1.8 billion in revenues due to lockdown

May 07, 2020 - 3:52 PM

Airport chief Ed Monreal says MIAA's year-to-date revenue has gone down by P1.8 billion

LOCKDOWN. A general view of empty airline check-in counters inside the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

British Museum intercepts Mesopotamian fakes

May 06, 2020 - 9:52 PM

The haul includes clay figurines, animal-shaped pots and nearly 190 clay tablets covered with cuneiform writing

An undated handout picture from the British Museum shows fake cuneiform tablets that were seized at Heathrow airport in 2019. - The British Museum and customs officers have uncovered hundreds of fake Mesopotamian antiquities that "likely" originated in the Middle East, the famous London institution said. Its experts worked with law enforcement to establish that hundreds of suspicious objects found during a July 2019 check at London's Heathrow Airport were fake, they said in a press release on May 6, 2020. (Photo by Handout / The British Museum / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BRITISH MUSEUM " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

PH temporarily suspends all flights starting May 3

May 03, 2020 - 9:27 AM

(2nd UPDATE) CAAP says international flights that wish to land or depart from the Philippines should request for an exemption at least 36 hours before the scheduled departure from the airport of origin

FLIGHT BAN. Passengers line up outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as they wait for their flights out of the country on March 19, 2020, File photo by STR/AFP

Airport rental holiday extended to May 15

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Landing and take-off, and parking fees for domestic and international flights in CAAP airports are also deferred for a year, until March 2021

AIRPORTS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Perth Airport seizes Virgin Australia planes to recoup debt

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The operator of Perth Airport says Virgin Australia's planes are being held as collateral until the company pays 'significant' outstanding fees

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA. An Airbus A330 plane of the airline. Photo from Virgin Australia website

Sweeper flight takes 143 foreign tourists in Mindanao to Manila

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The marooned foreigners are gathered by the Australian Embassy and the Department of Tourism from 3 regions in Mindanao

TEMP CHECK. A police officer checks the body temperatures of tourists entering the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamsi Oriental. Photo provided by DOT10

Army engineer brigade sets up coronavirus facility in Zamboanga City

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Zamboanga City stakeholders are working together in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease

Clark International Airport to suspend commercial flights effective April 3

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'Passengers are encouraged to connect with their airlines for specific flight updates,' says the CRK advisory

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook page

Swiss, German travelers reportedly enter Cebu despite province-wide lockdown

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Citing her sources, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that the foreigners landed in the general aviation area of the Cebu-Mactan International Airport. They later checked in at two hotels in Mactan.

24-HOUR QUARANTINE. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia meets with local officials on response to the novel coronavirus. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

8 dead as medical evacuation plane crashes during takeoff at NAIA

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,' says the Manila International Airport Authority

A Lion Air (West Wind 24) aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with eight passengers on board caught fire while about to take off from runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Aifrport in Parañaque City on Sunday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Remaining Manila flights to be at NAIA Terminal 1 starting March 28

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Terminals 2 and 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be closed to commercial operations beginning 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28

Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. - President Rodrigo Duterte on March 16 ordered most of the 55 million people on the main island of Luzon, which includes the capital Manila, to stay at home for the next month after social distancing measures failed to keep people away from one another. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thai immigration officers at Bangkok airport diagnosed with coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:59 PM

One of the officers is among a team leading health screenings of Thai returnees from South Korea – which has reported the second most COVID-19 infections in Asia after China

A health official checks the forms of an incoming passenger during a health assessment at a checkpoint for people flying in from a list of countries and territories that include China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 9, 2020. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

Armed gang steals $15 million in Chile airport heist

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:37 PM

The gang arrived in the Santiago airport's cargo area aboard two vehicles, says police colonel Oscar Figueroa

RECORD HEIST. File photo of the interior of Santiago de Chile's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport. Shutterstock.com

Manny Pangilinan exits P102-billion NAIA Consortium

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Tycoon Manny Pangilinan's departure from the 'super consortium' comes as his businesses face regulatory risks under the Duterte administration

Cebu to start screening domestic passengers after coronavirus cases confirmed in Metro Manila

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:56 PM

Currently, only passengers from international airports are scanned for high fever

SCANNING. Scanners at the Mactan Cebu International Airport check temperatures of arriving passengers. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH airports to defer charging local airlines for a year due to coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Fees for local airlines' takeoff, landing, and parking at airports in the Philippines will not be collected immediately, to cushion the impact of the novel coronavirus

DEFERRED. Scene at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Climate campaigners win appeal to prevent new Heathrow runway

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project

WIN. Campaigners against Heathrow expansion celebrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on February 27, 2020 after a decision by the Court of Appeal on legal challenges to the UK government's approval of plans to expand capacity at Heathrow airport. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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