Fewer runway closures to accommodate more flights at NAIA by next year (Philippines News Agency)

Airport authorities said on Tuesday that more flights will be accommodated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) next year following the gradual reduction of regular runway closures per week.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it expects the new scheme to take effect early next year following a successful project bidding for the maintenance of the runways.

Closures are currently in place to allow for runway maintenance services such as the removal of rubber deposits left behind by aircraft tires on the runways.

While permanent closures currently take place for two hours every day from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., the main runway is closed from Saturday to Thursday while the secondary runway is closed every Friday.

The new setup will reduce the closure of the main runway from six times to only three times a week.

Such will be implemented to make way for applications for new and additional scheduled flight operations which cannot be accommodated during peak hours of flights.

Safety guaranteed

MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado says that the reduction of runway closures for maintenance will be carried out without compromising safety.

Newer equipment purchased last year allowed for a faster and more efficient method of derubberization, Honrado said.

A three-day closure per week for runway maintenance was conducted from September to October last year – following certain CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) activities – which proved to be effective, he added. (PNA) SCS/ANP