MANILA (Mabuhay) – Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado on Monday said the country’s four airport terminals have added in its inventory state-of-the-art equipment vital to their daily operations.
Honrado said MIAA recently acquired the sets of equipment in a bid to boost the safety of both inbound and outbound passengers who use the four Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals as their gateway in and out of the country.
The newly-acquire equipment include five units of mini low-floored buses, two units of hi-tech fire trucks, three units of mobile x-ray machines, three units of bird control/dispersal equipment, and one heavy duty wrecker.
On the low-floored buses, Honrado said these would serve as vehicles for passengers with connecting flights in other terminals. The buses would pass along the air side of the airport so as to avoid traffic congestion that is expected outside the airport terminals. The ride would be exclusive for use of airline passengers for free.
“Kasi we have to realize na may mga airport na magkakahiwalay, unlike yung ibang airports na magkakatabi ang mga termnals nila. Yung terminals natin magkakahiwalay ano. So far, wala tayong organized or organic transfer system. Itong limang mga mini buses na ito na dadaan sa airside para walang trapik,” Honrado said.
He said MIAA has ordered for five more regular-sized buses which will augment the services being offered by private contractors in transferring from one terminal to another.
He said the two firetrucks, which are worth about P100 million, are in addition to its fleet of seven firetrucks. He said these firetrucks satisfy the required specifications set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He added that three more of this kind will soon arrive.
Honrado said one of the new bird control/dispersal equipment would be posted at runway 24, while the other would be mobile and should be ready to respond to reports of possible bird strike.
The heavy-duty wrecker would be useful in towing stalled vehicles at the air side.
He said the mobile x-ray machines would be used for VIPs and remote plane landings. (MNS)