NAIA air traffic system below international standards – DOTC audit

An air traffic management system installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), worth P511 million, does not meet international civil aviation standards, according to the results of a technical audit made by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The audit, presented to the DOTC’s civil aviation officials during a meeting Friday, said the system has at least 20 major deficiencies or “non-conformity” to international aviation standards.

Technical personnel from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Aerodrome and Air Navigation Safety Oversight Office, who conducted the audit, warned DOTC officials that using the new Manila Area Control Center (ACC) may result in a disaster at the country’s major airports.

Two major airlines have alerted the CAAP to two “near-collisions” when the CAAP tested the system and used it to direct air traffic at the NAIA last March, they said.

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