MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte made a surprise inspection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Monday morning following reports of flight delays and cancellations, Malacañang said.
Duterte talked to airline and airport officials regarding the cancellations and delays. He also apologized to passengers over the inconvenience caused by the flight disruptions and vowed for a remedy within a month.
"The Chief Executive discussed how flight aberrations could be minimized and what actions could be employed by the government, particularly the Department of Transportation, to solve the problem in the long term," according to a statement from Malacañang.
The President was accompanied by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, incoming Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, and Davao businessman Sammy Uy during the inspection.
A Philippine Airlines manager and a NAIA-Terminal 2 airport duty manager briefed the President on the flight woes and explained actions being undertaken to address the situation, the statement said.
Seven flights were diverted to the Clark, Pampanga airport while 54 flights were delayed on Sunday due to a red lightning advisory, MIAA records showed.
The alert, which means that the airport was in "imminent danger" of lightning strikes, was raised at 6 p.m. Sunday and prompted the suspension of ramp operations for around 2 hours, said Monreal.
Following the inspection, Malacañang said the President took a break at one of the food kiosks at the airport.