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Transport officials now deny calling air traffic management system ‘outdated’


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Passengers crowd the departure lobby while others set up camp inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Monday midnight, Jan. 2, 2023 as the influx of passengers still builds up despite announcements made by Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista that the airport is back to normal operations around 5:50 PM on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Numerous flights were canceled earlier due to a technical glitch and the power outage at the Air Traffic Management Center of the NAIA.

The STAR / Miguel de Guzman


MANILA, Philippines — After having called the air traffic management system that failed on New Year’s Day “outdated,” transport officials claimed Tuesday before a House of Representatives panel that they never characterized the equipment as such.


Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Manuel Antonio Tamayo both denied during the hearing of the House transportation committee that they called the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems for Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) outdated.


“I did not say that the equipment is outdated,” Bautista said in Filipino. “There was a technical problem. Although I mentioned that this system is in its midlife.”


Full Story: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/01/10/2236673/transport-officials-now-deny-calling-air-traffic-management-system-outdated


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