Duterte: No NAIA revamp yet

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2019 10:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a surprise inspection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo, Presidential Photo

MANILA- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) officials will stay put despite reports of recent flight cancellations and delays, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday.

Duterte made the remark in response to a query on whether he plans to change the organization of NAIA.

"Wala (Nothing). I am still trying to sort out the problem," he said while in a military camp in Lanao del Sur.

Malacañang earlier said the President was displeased with conditions at NAIA following his surprise inspection early Monday morning.

The President made rounds at the Manila airport following reports of flight delays and cancellations.

On Monday night, Duterte ordered operations at the Sangley Airport in Cavite to start "immediately" to decongest NAIA.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte wants the Cavite airport operational by November.

Transport Chief Arthur Tugade said Wednesday construction of the Cavite gateway would be round-the-clock starting Thursday, June 13 to meet the President's deadline.