August 31, 2018 Terminal Transfer of Airlines WILL NOT PROCEED

This is the official press release of DOTr-MIAA regarding the terminal transfer of airlines which is supposed to be implemented on August 31, 2018. The news about airline transfer was first broadcast in PTV around May of 2018.

DOTr-MIAA Press Release re Terminal Transfer of Airlines

Contrary to what is now circulating on social media, the August 31, 2018, terminal transfer of airlines WILL NOT PROCEED, as originally envisioned. While talks with some airline operators have started and with some signifying their intent to transfer, options that have been discussed are EXPLORATORY in nature.

Discussions gave rise to unforeseen operational constraints that require longer time to resolve.

In this regard, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) formalized its request to defer the implementation of the Terminal Rationalization Program to the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation, in a letter dated June 5, 2018. Therefore, no transfer of airlines will occur until further notice.

“Importante na ang mga tao ay maging mapanuri sa mga nababasa nila online. I-verify muna nila kung totoo bago i-post at ipakalat. As soon a final decision on this has been made, we will blast an official statement via our official communications platforms,” MIAA GM Ed Monreal said.

Meanwhile, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade assured the public that announcements will be made once all issues have been resolved and plans are finalized.

“Huwag tayong magmadali. We will release an advisory as soon as all possible options have been carefully evaluated. We have to make sure that before we make changes, pulido at na-explore ang lahat ng posibleng mangyari at ang mga pwede nating hakbang so as not to sacrifice the comfort, convenience, and safety of the public,” Sec. Tugade said.

This is also to clarify that the transfer of certain Philippine Airlines flights to NAIA Terminal 1 is necessary to prepare NAIA Terminal 2 for its rehabilitation, which is expected to commence before year-end.

For the guidance of everyone, following are Philippine Airlines flights operating at NAIA Terminal 1:

From San Francisco:
PR 105 and PR 115 arriving at Terminal 1, NAIA until further notice

From Los Angeles:
PR 103 and PR 113 arriving at Terminal 1, NAIA until further notice

To and From Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh departing and arriving at Terminal 1, NAIA starting 01 July 2017 until further notice.

PR 656 / PR 657
PR 682 / PR 683
PR 684 / PR 685
PR 662 / PR 663
PR 668 / PR 669
PR 654 / PR 655

Effective July 31, 2018, the following Philippine Airlines flights shall depart from/ arrive in NAIA Terminal 1 (Manila):

PR116/117 Manila – Vancouver – Manila
PR118/119 Manila – Toronto – Manila
PR126/127 Manila – New York (JFK) – Manila

ALL Canada Flight en route Manila on July 30 (PR117 Vancouver-Manila and PR119 Toronto-Manila) shall arrive Manila on July 31 at NAIA Terminal 1)

For more information, please avail of any of the contact details below:

Vancouver Sales Office: (604) 276-6015 to 6016
Toronto Sales Office: (905) 405-9944 / 405 8774
PAL Reservations Hotline: (632) 855 – 8888
PAL Toll-Free Number: 1-800-I-FLY-PAL

Source: DOTr Philippines (Facebook Post last July 30, 2018)

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