The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the country’s airports are ready for the influx of passengers this Holy Week.

CAAP said it is expecting an increase in the number of air passengers this season.

In April 2018, Philippine airports welcomed a total of 5,508,498 domestic and international passengers, with 3,036,274 of them arriving and departing through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Additional security measures will be in place and additional airline personnel will be deployed.

Maximum deployment of service and security personnel will be observed, CAAP said.

Help desks will also be set up to accommodate passenger concerns. Travelers are reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport.

Earlier, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal reminded passengers to follow airport protocols, noting that these are vital for safe travel.

“We don’t do these for the inconvenience of the passengers. We follow guidelines and procedures necessary for a safe and secure travel,” he said in a video message posted on MIAA’s social media page.

Monreal reminded passengers of things:

1. Check flight schedules.

Be at the airport at least three hours before the flight schedule, he said. Within those three hours, the passenger must undergo Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine procedures, he added.

After check-in, Monreal said passengers should be at the boarding gate and wait for the announcement of their flights. “So that the airlines would not need to look for you, which may result (in) flight delays,” he explained.

2. Check LAGs (liquids, aerosols and gels).

Every container must not exceed 100 ml. Otherwise, this will be confiscated.

3. Inform the airline if you need special assistance.

Monreal said passengers who may need special assistance, for instance the use of wheelchairs, must tell the airline upon booking their flight.

4. Check passport validity.

Passports should be valid for at least six months. Monreal said some airlines might not allow passengers to board the aircraft if their passport’s validity is less than six months since this is a requirement in Immigration.

“We call our passengers to cooperate with these security requirements. We do these for their safety,” he reiterated. (PNA)