Jan 082015

Well-wishers, be reminded: The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)’s Terminal 3 will be closed to non-passengers on Jan. 15 and up to noon of Jan. 19, in connection with Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.

The Manila International Airport Authority said the NAIA-3’s arrival and departure lobbies will be closed to non-passengers on these dates and times.

“The NAIA Terminal 3 arrival and departure lobbies will be closed to non-passengers the whole day of January 15 and from midnight to noon on January 19, 2015,” it said.

Pope Francis is due to arrive on Jan. 15. He will take part in activities in Metro Manila and Leyte and depart for the Vatican on Jan. 19.

Last Monday, the MIAA reminded passengers with flights at the NAIA on Jan. 15 and 19 that they may have to show up more than three hours ahead of schedule.

“Since departure flights will proceed on the 15th and the 19th, (Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel) Honrado reminds passengers with departing flights on these days to be at the airport much earlier than the usual three hours advice for them not to miss their flights,” the MIAA said.

“It would be best for passengers to make their way to the airport way ahead before the roads within the NAIA complex start to close at 3p.m. on January 15 and at 7 a.m. on January 19. On these days, the NAIA Complex will only be accessible via South Superhighway through Bicutan, Alabang and Sucat Roads,” it added.

MIAA also reminded passengers with flights arriving on January 15 and 19 to contact their airline or travel agents for their revised flight plans.

There will be no flights arriving in all NAIA Terminals from 2 to 7 pm on January 15 and 6 to 10:30 am on January 19.

The MIAA also said the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has cleared the airlines of any liability pertaining to the consequential effect of the suspension of flight arrivals on the two days.

As a result of the road closures, NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 will be isolated since the entire stretch beginning from Sales Avenue fronting Terminal 3 all the way to the Domestic Road fronting Terminal 4 will be closed and will not be accessible at all to vehicular traffic.

For Terminal 3 and 4 passengers with departing flights on these days, MIAA will set-up a drop-off point and staging area for them at the NAIA Terminal 1 Parking B. Joel Locsin/JDS, GMA News

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