CAAP Press Release

26 February 2024

Singapore – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines discussed collaboration with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to achieve the directive from the Department of Transportation to increase airplane movements at NAIA following the recent awarding of its operations and management to a private company, during the sidelines of the recent Changi Aviation and Airshow in Singapore.

Accompanying CAAP Director General Manuel Tamayo is Deputy Director General for Administration Atty. Danjun Lucas who met with Hong Kong CAD Chief Air Traffic Control Officer Mr. Samuel Ng to discuss methods for reasonably increasing the number of airplane movements per hour.

This is CAAP’s proactive step to adhere to the DOTr’s directive to increase airplane movements at NAIA to 48 per hour considering the infrastructure limitations of the airport.

Currently, airplane movements at NAIA are only at 40 to 42 per hour. However, in order to accommodate the goal of doubling passenger capacity at NAIA and in line with the concession agreement to be executed with the private sector, DOTr wants CAAP to increase flight options.

“We wanted to collaborate if this is achievable and if yes, how and what to do to achieve the goal” CAAP DDGA Atty. Danjun Lucas said. Prior to this, CAAP had already initiated measures to boost airplane movements. Earlier, a group of air traffic controllers, along with a delegation from the Department of Transportation, visited the air traffic facilities at Hong Kong airport to learn from its best practices.