Philippine Government Planning At Its Finest!

Some people have commented on the silliness of them waiting so long to announce the times when NAIA will be closed due to APEC.  I thought that I had gotten lucky, having morning or late night flights booked months ago, until about an hour ago when I got an email from AirAsia:

With the latest advisory on APEC Summit to be held in the Philippines, the Civil Aviation Authorities of the Philippines (CAAP) has ordered Airport Closure at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on 18 to 19 November 2015.”

Also, just posted on CebuPacific’s website”

CEB Advisory – Flight Schedule Updates: 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting

As of November 13, 2015; 10:30PM (Philippine Time: GMT+8)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has just released a Notice to Airmen indicating a no-fly zone over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on November 18, 2015 (1:00PM – 11:00PM) and on November 19, 2015 (6:30AM – 6:30PM).​ There will be additional flight cancellations during this period. ​

CEB and Cebgo guests travelling from November 16, 2015 (Monday) to November 20, 2015 (Friday), may avail any of the following options without additional charges:

  • ​Opt for full refund or travel fund​; or
  • Rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date.

Our reservation hotlines are currently receiving a high volume of calls. Guests who do not need to urgently travel on the affected dates are advised to call after November 20, 2015 (Friday).

So, they wait until less than a week remains, and announce it late on a Friday, so everyone affected has little to no time to make changes!  I wonder if this would allow me to overstay my visa without repercussions?  Nah, their idiocy is my fault for not planning for their complete cluelessness!  Of course, according to the government, they aren’t forcing the airlines to cancel flights!  As long as you don’t need a runway, or to be able to fly over Manila during those times, don’t cancel your flight!

AirAsia has a chat line, but SMART’s new way of keeping people from using too much bandwidth is to disconnect you every 10 minutes, so since the wait times are over an hour, I keep getting moved to the back of the queue!


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    My Thursday flight has been delayed twice in the last week and we havent taken off yet. I think it will be a long night…..

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    Just heard they are changing the road closures daily to confuse any terrorists or pissed off locals. There cant be many of them in the PH can there?
    Also heard a rumour that smart and globe will be shut down on Thursday.
    It will sure as hell confuse the locals, I don’t know about the terrorists.

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      Don Quixote

      The Foreign Minister was being interviewed live on Australian TV, Edsa in the background.
      After the Interview, the TV Commentators were talking about the fucked up traffic live on open mike.
      How that work for the Tourism and Investment??????
      They want to thank them selves LUCKY there are only 20 million Aussies who saw the shit fight that is Manila.
      Well maybe there are other networks from other countries there, YOU THINK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Makes them want to go and spend another million or two on advertising Its More Fucked up in the Philippines.
      You all get the message, what a lot of fucking wankers!!!!!!!!!

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      Don Quixote

      Your lucky you live in Manila,
      EVEY HOLIDAY and there are a fucking lot of them in the Philippines.
      Move to Subic and you will see what service is all about.

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        We went to Subic once. The traffic cop nabbed us at the first intersection and wanted to confiscate my license. Wife had to strongly suggest a cash transaction. I had only just got my new licence a few days before. Then we saw all the other blokes hiding under trees at every intersection all through Subic. Assholes! We wont go back there ever.

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          Don Quixote

          They will try anything.
          I just carry a photocopy of my license around in the car there , if they want that they can have it.
          I just say I will take my real license into the office the next day. But you have my details.
          The cops on the base are not cops they are Security but wear clothes that say they are police.
          You can tell they are fake.
          They actually spell the word POLICE, not PULISE like the PNP do.
          They are under a TRO to stop doing it, but you guessed it. NOPE.
          They can not even Investigate a crime. Hows that for police.

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    AirAsia was very good. The wait was long, but considering how many people had to change plans, that was no surprise, nor was it AirAsia’s fault. I went to an internet cafe so I would have a stable connection, they put in a request, about an hour later my flight was changed. I think their online chat people are located in Malaysia, the name seemed Malay.