Apec panel has ‘say’ on flights

The “no-fly zones” as guide for arriving dignitaries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in November, must be tackled    by the    APEC National Organizing Committee before the  summit, Malacañang said on Sunday in reaction to a proposal  from Senator Ralph Recto.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.  during    an interview over state-run dzRB, said the Philippine government    through the APEC NOC, which is in-charge of organizing events of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November, is coordinating with the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the    Manila International Airport Authority, and    airline companies, as well as other    stakeholders.

Just like what the government did during the visit of    Pope Francis last January, the advisory will be done in advance, and that proper notification for the public will be made.

Recto said the authorities should advise the public to expect disruptions in flight schedules when world leaders begin arriving for the APEC summit in November.

Changes in flight schedules when 21 world leaders arrive for the summit are likely, Recto said, adding that when Pope Francis visited the country in January, the air space over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was off limits for almost half a day.

Among those expected to attend the November summit are US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

While information about possible flight delays and no-fly zones might be embargoed for security reasons, Recto said the government could still help Filipino travelers affected by such changes.

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