The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has started Oplan Semana Santa on March 18, in anticipation of the surge in air travel this Lenten season.
The MIAA Media Affairs office said that the operation plan will be in effect until March 28, steps to coordinate with airlines regarding the efficient processing of their passengers have been finalized, especially at the check-in counters. Additional airline personnel will also be deployed as needed to accommodate the increase in number of passengers.
Security and traffic at the NAIA will be tightly coordinated with the Airport Police Department (APD), the Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) of the Philippine National Police, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units of Parañaque City and Pasay City.
Airlines are also advising passengers to be at the airport as early as three hours before departure. Welcome and send-off parties should be minimized to help avoid congestion at the terminals, MIAA officials suggested.
Travelers are again reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport, and to stow all belongings in one's carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints. Make use of airline check-in kiosks to hasten check-in procedures, passengers told.
Over a million passengers transited through NAIA during the Holy Week period from March 27 to April 6, 2015. A total of 594,934 passenger departures were recorded. Arrivals totaled 572,011 passengers last year.
Elevated systems Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) will have no operations beginning Maundy Thursday, March 24.
LRT 1 and 2 will have no operations from Thursday until Easter Sunday, March 27.
Normal operations will resume 5 am on Monday, March 28.
LRT 2 will have its last commercial service at 8 pm from the Santolan station (westbound) and at 8:30 pm from the Recto station (eastbound) on Holy Wednesday, March 23.
MRT3 will be operational on Holy Wednesday from 4:30 am to 10 pm. It will be closed for maintenance work from Thursday until Sunday.
MRT3 operations will resume 4:30 am on Monday, March 28.
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) advised that there will be no operations from March 24 to 26 due to maintenance activities. Full operation will resume on Sunday, March 27.
The last train from Tutuban will depart at 6:35 pm on Holy Wednesday, while the last trip from Alabang will depart at 8:00 pm.
The Pasig River Ferry also has no operation from March 24 to 26.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has lifted the number coding scheme in all Metro Manila from March 24 to 25. Number coding is lifted also for provincial buses only on March 23.
Motorists coming from Balintawak in Quezon City bound for Subic can now expect a shortened travel time by 40 minutes, after the toll ways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) completed its North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) integration.
The integration is timely as it is expected that traffic volume is expected to surge by as much as 15% this Holy Week.
MPIC will eventually integrate San Miguel Corporation’s Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) to NLEX and SCTEX. TPLEX is seen to cut travel period between Manila and Baguio to two to 3 hours. – Lynda C. Corpuz