MIAA calls on airlines to review HK flights amid protests

MANILA The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Monday called on airline operators to carefully plan their flights to and from Hong Kong, where protests have been ongoing for the past weeks.

This came after Cebu Pacific (CEB), Philippine Airlines and Cathay Pacific announced cancellations of a number of flights between Manila and Hong Kong, citing that the protests are causing a slowdown in airport operations.

MIAA is waiting for other carriers' advice regarding the status of their Manila-Hong Kong-Manila flights.

It also advised passengers to coordinate with their airlines.

"Passenger safety and convenience should always be paramount in the decision-making process, especially if uncertainty in airport operations is high," said MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal in a statement.

Advance information to passengers will also avoid crowding in the terminals, he added.

CEB spokesperson Charo Lagamon said the Airport Authority Hong Kong has implemented a flight reduction scheme on Monday.

Meanwhile in the afternoon, AirAsia re-scheduled a number of its flights to and from the Chinese territory, per advice of the Airport Authority.

The carrier is advising passengers to prepare for flight delays and monitor their flight status. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency