Malacañang: Avoid booking flights during APEC meet

President Benigno S. Aquino III, together with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, share the stage with the heads of finance ministries across Asia-Pacific and top executives of multinational financial institutions who attended the APEC Finance Ministers Meeting held at Shangri-La Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu province on Thursday (September 10).  (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, together with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, share the stage with the
heads of finance ministries across Asia-Pacific and top executives of multinational financial institutions who attended the APEC Finance Ministers Meeting held at Shangri-La Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu province on Thursday (September 10). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday told the public to avoid booking flights during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in November.

“We would also advice this early on to—if you plan to outside – to avoid iyong mga araw na darating po sila (world leaders) at pati po ‘yung iba nating bisita,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte told state-run radio dzRB in an interview.

Valte said the government is expecting 10,000 visitors, including world leaders and their delegates and members of the international media, during the APEC week.

The APEC Leaders’ Meeting will be held on November 18 and 19, which have been declared as non-working holidays by President Benigno Aquino III. School authorities have also suspended classes on November 17 and 20.

Valte said that those who may have already booked flights during the APEC week, 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,” she said.

Last June, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado announced that quasi-emergency closures of runways will be implemented for the arrival of the heads of state who will be joining the APEC summit.

Honrado said 22 aircraft parking lots at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be reserved for the heads of states.

He said these arrangements have been relayed to the airlines.(MNS)

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