Malacañang urges public to avoid booking flights during the week of APEC Summit

  • Palace says public should expect flight adjustments during APEC Summit
  • Around 10,000 visitors from all over the world will be arriving in Manila
  • November 18 and 19 are non-working holidays; class suspension in NCR will be from Nov. 17 to 20

Malacañang is urging the general public to avoid booking flights during the week of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit to be held on November 18 to 19.

The Philippines is expected to receive over 10,000 visitors, including heads of state and other high ranking officials, leading to possible domestic and international flight schedule adjustments during this period.

“We would also advice this early on to, if you plan to outside, to avoid iyong mga araw na darating po sila at pati po ‘yung iba nating bisita [those days that the world leaders and our other visitors will be arriving,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said, as quoted by GMA News.

Those who have already booked their flights during this same period, however, were warned that they should expect delays.

“Please also expect adjustment in the flights… So imagine 20 other economic leaders po ang darating. So, certainly magkaka-impact po ‘yan doon sa flights natin [So imagine 20 other economic leaders will also be arriving. So certainly, that will make an impact to the schedules of our flights]. So we advise everyone to keep tuned to our government channels, to our accounts on social media so you can be advised on what dates to avoid, especially for flying out and for flying in,” she added.

Earlier this year, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has announced that that they will be implementing quasi-emergency closures of runways for the arrival of the heads of state.

In addition, 22 aircraft parking lots will also be reserved for them at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Malacañang has also announced that there will be non-working holidays on November 18 to 19, as well as class suspensions in the National Capital Region (NCR) on November 17 and 20, for security reasons and in order to ease traffic congestion on these dates.

The Palace also sought the cooperation of the public as the country is preparing to host the APEC Leaders’ Summit.

“We are moving closer and closer to the hosting of our APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, which is coming in November. Moving forward, soon we’ll be informing the public of the arrangements that will be made. We are hoping for everyone’s cooperation as we welcome all our visitors and our guests for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit,” Valte said.