PRESS RELEASE NO. 01-01-2023
AUTHORITY: PBGEN ANTHONY A ABERIN
RELEASER: PLTCOL REYNALDO R HONRADO
C, PIO, AVSEGROUP
CONTACT NO.: 09338255059
DATE: January 2, 2023
AVSEGROUP AUGMENTS SECURITY AT THE NAIA FOLLOWING TECHNICAL GLITCH
January 2, 2023, Pasay City – The PNP Aviation Security Group working closely with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Crisis Management Team, has maximized the deployment of personnel to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1 to 4 since the cancellation of flight operations due to a malfunctioned Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) caused by an over-voltage to the system tools at Air Traffic Management System of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) at 11:00 AM yesterday.
The technical glitch has resulted in a nationwide delay of flight operations and affected 82 international flights with 25,066 passengers and 382 domestic flights with 39,162 passengers.
To maintain peace and security of the airports nationwide, PBGEN ANTHONY A ABERIN, Director, AVSEGROUP, directed all the Chiefs of field and operating units to maximize the deployment of their personnel in all areas of convergence and vital installations in coordination with the airport authorities.
AVSEGROUP personnel assisted with traffic management at the landside area of the terminals to ensure a smooth flow of vehicles while providing police assistance to the affected passengers.
Special Operations Unit (SOU) and Aviation Security Canine Unit (AVSECU) personnel were also deployed at CAAP Headquarters and the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center while intelligence operatives were deployed to monitor threat groups that may take advantage of the situation. AVSEGROUP Medical Team was dispatched for emergency medical assistance when needed.
Subsequently, the NCRPO-Southern Police District also sent personnel to augment the security at the NAIA and for peace and order maintenance.
According to CAAP, as of 4:55 PM yesterday, the system has been partially restored and thereby allowing limited international flight operations with ten minutes intervals between flights.
Finally, MIAA announced that the technical glitch was surpassed and normal system operations were fully restored at 7:45 PM on January 1, 2023. The MIAA and Airline Operators Council (AOC) are working on a recovery schedule of flights that were canceled affecting an estimated 64,224 passengers this New Year’s Day.
PBGEN ABERIN said, “We have augmented our deployment at the NAIA, and we have regular coordination with MIAA to maintain order at the airport and to ensure the safety of the affected passengers. I am also thankful to our CPNP, PGEN RODOLFO S AZURIN JR for ordering the augmentation of personnel at the NAIA as the security of the airport is paramount at this time while restoration of system operations is being addressed with urgency and we are hoping that normal flight operations will resume soon”. ###
Philippine National Police