Airport authorities have been strengthening security measures in preparation for the papal pisit, GMA News reported via its “24 Oras” early evening newscast on Monday.
Public works crews started to remove the Circulo del Mundo rotunda in front of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Parañaque City in preparation for the Papal Visit on January 15-19.
The structure which cost P50 million was originally planned to be taken down by the Department of Public Works and Highway in preparation for the construction of a skyway in NAIA.
Aviation authorities have other security measures for the papal visit.
NAIA runways will also be closed when the aircraft with Pope Francis on board lands and takes off at NAIA.
No-fly zones will also be in effect over other areas such as Rizal Park, University of Sto. Tomas, and Tacloban where Pope Francis is set to hold activities.
“Expect that they will all follow these limitations, these flight restrictions para sa kapayapaan ng loob nating lahat kasi it involves safety and security,” CAAP’s Deputy Director General for Operations Ret. Gen. Bgen. Rodante Joya explained.
Airline companies and operators that will violate the no-fly zone implementation may be fined P300,000-500,000. CAAP may also suspend or even cancel their air operators certificate.
Drop and go
With these restrictions, hundreds of flights are expected to be adjusted.
The MIAA will implement the “drop and go” policy to all their passengers.
“We will not allow non-passengers to get into the terminal so ang ire-recommendation namin is “drop and go” sa mga maghahatid,” MIAA General Manager Angel Honrado said.