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CAAP preps more airports for night operation

Landing approach view from the cockpit. Photographed by Richie Lopa, InterAksyon
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MANILA - Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Chief Capt. Jim Sydiongco, in his yearend report, said that more airports in the archipelago are being readied for night operations in 2017.

Sydiongco remarked that 2016 was a very productive year for the aviation regulatory agency in charge of air safety and security of aircrafts and airports in the country.

Airports' night operation are essential to solving air traffic congestion. Some 19 airports are already capable for night operations, namely:
2) Mactan-Cebu
3) Clark
4) Subic
5) Davao
6) Laoag
7) Puerto Princesa
8) Iloilo
9) Kalibo
10) Zamboanga
11) General Santos
12) Bacolod
13) Laguindingan
14) Tacloban
15) Butuan
16) Legaspi
17) Dumaguete (Rwy 27 only)
18) Roxas
19) Caticlan

Sydiongco said that more projects are also underway to make landing and take-off safer by expanding and widening the runways of the following airports:

By more closely adhering to flight departure slot schedules as mandated by CAAP, flights at NAIA have posted an average of 80.2% on-time performance (OTP).

CAAP is strictly implementing the rule, allowing a maximum of 40 flight movements per hour, which is the required combined number of take offs and landings hourly by air carriers operating at NAIA.

Improving CAAP's air traffic service system will significantly reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions, and boost efficiency through information exchange with stakeholders at NAIA.

With the soon-to-be deployed system of satellite-based Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) by mid 2017, the Philippines would be able to monitor 80 percent of the Manila Flight Information Region as assigned to the Philippines by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

CNS/ATM is a computer-based flight data processing system that enables aircraft operators to meet their planned times of departure and arrival and adhere to their preferred flight profiles with minimum constraints and without compromising safety.

With the planned deployment,CAAP will need to engage the services of 500 air traffic controllers (ATC) over the next five years, when the satellite-based CNS/ATM system becomes fully operational.