Latest Stories

Flight delays blamed on broken gear


MANILA, Philippines—Several domestic and international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) were delayed due to defective aviation equipment used by air traffic controllers, an official of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.

The official, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said the airport’s terminal radar data display (TRDD) had been “unserviceable” since Jan. 2.

He said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) had advised airlines that it would take until the end of the month to fix the equipment.

Because of the busted gear, air traffic controllers are forced to increase the separation—landing and take off—between aircraft, thus, causing the flight delays, especially during peak hours.

“Air traffic controllers are forced to space the airplanes farther apart, causing delays in both arrivals and departures,” the official told the Inquirer.

Airlines, however, blamed the delays on the increased number of flights because of the holiday season.

The TRDD is used by air traffic controllers to identify all aircraft within a 60-mile radius of the Naia.

It processes data from various radars scattered around the Philippines and presents the aircrafts’ position, altitude, ground speed, among other information needed by the air traffic controllers to control the arrival or departure of airplanes.

“The equipment is used by air traffic controllers to guide the pilots,” the source said.

But both the Caap and flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) downplayed the importance of the busted equipment, saying it was not a big deal and did not pose a threat to the safety of airline passengers.

“That equipment is also called the secondary surveillance radar. It was just placed there for added convenience for air traffic controllers, but with or without it, the operation and the work of air traffic controllers in guiding the pilots could proceed as usual,” Caap Director General Ramon Gutierrez said.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: air traffic controllers , Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines , Defective aviation equipment , Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) , Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)

  • Anonymous

    Bukas o makalawa mas malala pa siguro air traffic. Kasi i shorten yung operations ng RWy 06/24 for construction of rapid taxiway.

  • Anonymous

    Kaya nga No 1 ang airport ng Pinas eh dahil sa kanyang capability…hehehe.

  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley


  • Anonymous

    hindi ako magtataka kasi ang Pilipinas ay tambakan ng mga pekeng produkto na galing sa China.

  • Anonymous

    konting bagay na mali napakalaking issue na… ang problema dyan ayaw e connect an g tatlong airport sabay sabay…why…malaki ang pera dyan  hehehehe…

    kung design lang ng NAIA1 na mabubulok na  pinag aawayan pa, me nag offer ng libre hi tech design… ayaw…. kasi walang pera manakaw msa design stage palang.. we filipinos are grown with an eye of a corrupt mentality.. period period

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  • 2 contractors fined P25,000 for delays in Edsa rehab
  • Luisita beneficiaries take over renters
  • 5 years of hard work pay off for top UP grad
  • Art, music, book sale mark Earth Day at Arroceros park
  • Sports

  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Zaragosa, Park forge PH match play duel
  • Lifestyle

  • Summer Mayhem: The ultimate beach experience
  • A haven for steak lovers
  • Gongs and southern dances star in a workshop at San Francisco Bayanihan Center
  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • Professionals in the family business
  • Foreign funds flowed out in Q1, says BSP
  • Villar’s Vista Land returns to offshore bond market
  • SMC to submit $10-B airport proposal next week
  • Toyota export receipts declined by 13% in Q1
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • The immortality of Christ
  • PH foreign policy and ‘threat assessment’
  • The second opening of Japan
  • Global Nation

  • Tiff with HK over Luneta hostage fiasco finally over
  • DOLE sees more Filipinos hired by South Koreans
  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  • Fil-Am youth conferences unite under one theme
  • Marketplace