MANILA – The top management of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) have addressed the problem of “bird strikes,” or the collision between aircraft and birds, in Philippine airports, particularly at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports (NAIA).
CAAP has recorded 49 bird strikes in NAIA from January to September, compared to 30 bird strikes in 2011, and 25 in 2010.
CAAP and MIAA attribute the increase in bird strike incidents to the bird sanctuary in the Las Piñas area, which they said is in the direct path of the planes.
Authorities said there are plans to relocate the bird sanctuary.
They denied that the reason why there is clamor to move or relocate the bird sanctuary is to give way to a reclamation project that covers the sanctuary grounds, a plan supposedly run by businessman Ramon Ang.