MANILA – Authorities and airline operators will meet Friday to discuss the Xiamen Airlines incident, including the arrival of "uncoordinated flights" which allegedly worsened airport congestion, an airport official said Wednesday.
The uncoordinated flights hampered the resumption of operations and caused more discomfort to passengers, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said.
Airlines have to secure permits from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and MIAA when mounting flights.
CAB and CAAP permits were secured but the MIAA was left out in the equation, he said.
“Nagulat na lang kami na dumating sa ere yung flights, hindi naman natin pwedeng pigilin sa ere ‘yan,” Monreal said.
Monreal also revised the reported number of uncoordinated flights to 34 from 68 after further evaluation.
“Kalahati lang po basically, ang nakadagdag lang po sa atin ay arrival na 34, after we evaluated it," Monreal told DZMM.
Authorities did not disclose who mounted the uncoordinated flights but it was earlier reported that Xiamen Airlines deployed 4 recovery flights without permission from MIAA.
Monreal also downplayed criticisms on their efforts to clear the runway that lasted for more than 30 hours.
"Nirerespeto ko po ang kanilang pananaw," Monreal said.
The Department of Transportation on Tuesday urged the public to let authorities focus on their work following criticisms on how they handled Xiamen Airlines' runway fiasco.