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Safety, taxi and other woes at Naia

On Dec. 5, 2013, at about 4 pm, my husband parked our brand-new car at the Terminal 1 Naia parking area. He walked to the arrival section of the airport to meet our daughter. When they came back to the car, and as they were loading the luggage at the trunk, a ruggedly-clothed toothless man stood close to my daughter asking for money. Naturally, my daughter was frightened and quickly got inside the car. The man followed her, stood close to the car window and said grinning “Natatakot ba kayo sa akin, ma’am?” Since he was asking for money, my husband gave him so they could move on.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Airborne to disaster

The finding by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) that pilot error was behind the plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo should remind everyone that in the era of easy and readily available air transport, safety remains a key concern and a nagging challenge.

Posted: November 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Priorities for Philippine aviation

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AIR TRANSPORT plays an important role of connecting people across this great country which has over 7,000 islands and stretches for about 1,800 kilometers from north to south. And it has an even greater role connecting the Philippines to the rest of the world, facilitating trade and tourism.

Posted: November 1st, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Decongesting Manila’s airport

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The Department of Transportation and Communications is closely and urgently working with domestic airline companies to address the air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Cebu Pac corners 45 percent of domestic market

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A CEBU PACIFIC aircraft on the tarmac of Legazpi City’s airport. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

THERE’S no denying that budget airlines have fueled the growth of air travel in the country. A decade ago, taking the plane was the sole province of the rich. Today, a high-level corporate executive could be sitting in the same row as a household helper on a flight to Cebu and no one would give a second glance.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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