MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has ordered the opening of a secondary runway at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
In an advisory circular released on May 28, the CAAP said the opening of the NAIA secondary runway 31 is aimed at decongesting air traffic at the airport.
"The preferential use of runway 31 for early morning departures will allow the smooth and orderly departing of said flights which will eliminate queuing on ground for departing aircraft. This will also allow unhampered take-off and landing from the main runway (06/24) during this period," the CAAP said.
An average of 550 aircraft movements daily is registered at the NAIA. Of the total, 450 planes use NAIA's primary runway 06-24, which is 3,737 meters. An average of 100 planes take the old domestic airport’s secondary runway 13-31 which is 2,367 meters.
The government has been trying to find a solution to the congestion at NAIA's runways, which has caused flight delays and cancellations.