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!