Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yup, we've got plane traffic.

Yup. The government has just imposed a moratorium on daytime flights in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), because, apparently, the increasing activity is exceeding the capacity of the runways, leading to delays and cancelled flights.

"The government has imposed a moratorium on new daytime flights to decongest the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). 

"We have a runway congestion problem today. Hindi natin namalayan na may runway traffic na umusbong sa pagdami ng mga aircraft population at flight schedules sa loob ng nakaraang mga taon,” Transport Secretary Manuel Roxas said in a briefing.

Data from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) showed  that the fleets of commercial airlines doubled to 119 today from only 62 in 2008."

(Source: Link)

It's funny because the PNoy administration is supposedly focused on tourism. And tourism usually involves, well, airplanes, right? If the government really prioritizes tourism, shouldn't it have long considered the expansion of airports before launching a massive (albeit faulty) tourism campaign? But no, infrastructure development remains as slow as a turtle; the impeachment trial is more important than anything, after all.

We have a semi-common Filipino idiom for this blunder:
"Kung kailan dudumi, saka hahanap ng pamunas." (Finding wipes when you're about to take a dump.)

Airport traffic? It's more fun in the Philippines.


  1. Houston, we have a problem...

  2. well the most and only very IMPORTANT agenda for Pnoy is the hacienda luicita. the true color of pnoy is slowly unfolding. tsktsk

  3. penoy penoy penoy haaaaaayyyyssssss


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