DOTr: No flight disruptions during Holy Week

DOTr: No flight disruptions during Holy Week

Mar 27, 2024, 2:41 AM
Benjamin Lim

Benjamin Lim


The Department of Transportation (DOTr) ensured that all airport equipment, particularly the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) were functioning properly to avoid any flight disruptions during the Holy Week.

"We have to ensure that all equipment is operational, all personnel are present, and can attend to any issues we may face during Holy Week. With that, we see that CAAP is ready, and we thank you for preparing for this Lenten season," DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista, who gave a positive assessment during his inspection of CAAP's NS/ATM on March 26, said.

Bautista ensured that all systems within the CNS/ATM were operational, aligning with the implementation of Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2024 which commenced on March 24 and will last until March 31.

The transportation chief has also assured that there are adequate back up plans in place to mitigate any possible flight disruptions amid the surge of travelers during Holy Week, which is expected to begin on Holy Wednesday, March 27.

The CNS/ATM system allows aircraft to send precise location data for secure takeoffs, landings, and air traffic control, and ensure air traffic is safe and efficient.

The system is staffed with personnel working in three shifts to ensure uninterrupted operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CAAP Director General Manuel Tamayo has enforced a "no leave policy" directive for essential operational staff to uphold the DOTr chief's mandate of providing safe, accessible, and affordable public transportation for Filipinos.

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