MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday night conducted an inspection of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City.
The President arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 at 9:50 p.m. and was welcomed by Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, and Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Barry Brown.
Upon his arrival, he proceeded to the travelers’ lounge, where he was briefed by Abaya and Honrado on the status of the terminal transfer of five foreign airlines from NAIA Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
The Emirates, Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have moved their operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
From the lounge, he witnessed the water cannon salute given to the Emirates Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger airline, as it touched down at the NAIA runway at 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
After the ceremony, the President proceeded to the immigration area to greet the passengers of Emirates Airbus 380 Flight EK 335, as well as passengers bound for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates who were scheduled to depart at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday (October 8).
He also inspected the conveyor at the lower level of NAIA Terminal 3.
During the inspection, he was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Ret. Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss III, and NAIA Terminal 3 Manager Octavio Lina.
President Aquino concluded his inspection past 11 p.m.