Aviation authority braces for Holy Week travel rush


Posted at Mar 18 2018 04:27 PM

MANILA - Aviation authorities on Sunday said they are prepared for a surge in the number of passengers as Filipinos fly home to their provinces for the Holy Week holidays.

In an advisory, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said it has launched Oplan Semana Santa 2018 amid an expected 8 percent increase in passenger influx during the Holy Week. 

Under Oplan Semana Santa, CAAP said it has coordinated with airlines about the processing of passengers at check-in counters and deployment of additional personnel. 

The office said it will also observe a “no leave and day-off” policy among airport service and security personnel during the Holy Week. 

Help desks were also set up to accommodate passenger concerns, CAAP added. 

Travelers are reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport and to stow all belongings in one’s carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints. 

Las year, Philippine airports welcomed a total of 6,093,786 domestic and international passengers with 3,841,283 of these travelers arriving and departing through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, said CAAP.