By: Richie Lopa, InterAksyon.com
December 7, 2015 11:52 PM
MANILA – Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Monday passengers of its flights coming from San Francisco will disembark at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, instead of Terminal 2 (Centennial) effective Tuesday December 8, 2015.
The arrangement, meant to ease the crush of people arriving for the holidays, is to last till March 24, 2016.
However, flights from Manila to San Francisco will fly out from Terminal 2.
Affected flights are PR-105 and PR-115, which are both arriving Tuesday Dec. 8, according to Pal spokesperson, Cielo Villaluna.
Passengers of other PAL international flights will continue to disembark at NAIA Terminal 2.
Utilizing Terminals 1 and 2 for arriving US flights will mitigate the effects of the peak travel period, Villaluna explained.
She said PAL will continue to provide passengers of these affected flights (PR105/ 115) information on their new terminal assignment by way of email notification, airport advisories and on-board announcements.
As they arrive at NAIA1, passengers with connecting flights (in T2 and T3) will be met by airport ground staff, who will guide them through the arrival area until the transfer area where the shuttle buses are located.
There will be specific shuttle buses for Terminals 2 and 3. Airport staff will be onboard the buses to assist passengers en route to the other terminals for their domestic or international connections, Villaluna said.
NAIA Terminal 1, which used to be congested for many years, now has a more wieldy passenger volume following the transfer of five major international carriers from NAIA 1 to NAIA 3.
The five airlines – Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and KLM – had been flying out of NAIA Terminal 1 since it was constructed in 1982.
The transfer was made possible when NAIA 3 started to operate as a full-scale global gateway.