JAL eyes DMIA for flight diversions
San Fernando City, Pampanga (6 February) -- Japan Airlines (JAL) executives have expressed interest in using the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) as an alternate airport during emergency situations.
JAL Deputy Station and Flight Operations Manager Crisologo Zenarosa said that DMIA is an ideal primary airport for their flight diversion emergency operations in the country, noting that "DMIA is a first choice for JAL's flight emergency operations".
Zenarosa said JAL flies twice a day in the Philippines from Manila to Tokyo at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). "The last time we visited DMIA was in 2001 and we are here now to see the various developments and improvements of the airport especially its terminal."
"So we want to have our flight diversion operations here at DMIA and we are very happy with the improvements we see in your area," Zenarosa added.
The delegations were met by Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Vice President for Operations and DMIA General Manager Bienvenido Manga who briefed them about the ongoing developments at the aviation complex.
Among the JAL delegates were Hideo Kurosawa, maintenance manager; Steven Moses G. Alparce, assistant manager, passenger service; Leandro Sapor, freight/mail agent; and Herr F. Obusan, maintenance manager.
Manga told delegates that DMIA's terminal is being expanded to accommodate at least two million passengers annually where its existing facility can only accommodate one million passengers per year, adding that the new terminal is expected to be completed by March this year.
The construction of the Terminal 2 project will most likely start in the middle of this year and is expected to accommodate at least eight million passengers annually.
He also informed them of the ongoing construction of the $1.5M inflight catering services of the Miascor and Gate Gourmet which will prepare at least 4,000 meals per day once it operates this year.
Manga said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has envisioned DMIA as a premier gateway and megalogistics hub in the Philippines to boost the economic activities as well as the civil aviation industry in the country.
The delegates also inspected the Air Traffic Control Tower, Radar Approach Control, PAGASA weather station, Passenger Terminal, Clark Groundhandling Services, the Flight Catering Facility, and Lubewell Refueling Service. (CIAC/PIA Pampanga) [top]