Amid Naia privatization talks, power failure hits T3 for third time in 2023


A brief power failure hit the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 from 12:51 p.m. to 1:28 p.m. on Thursday, prompting airline counters to rely on emergency power generators to sustain their operations.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), along with the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), said it is conducting an investigation into the cause of the power failure as of this writing.

The communication lines between Control Tower and the Terminal 3 were likewise affected by the power failure for a few minutes but immediately restored after power generators automatically switched on.

This is the third time that NAIA Terminal 3 went powerless, first last January 1 then May 1.

Despite the power failure, however, MIAA said there are no reported flight delays despite the long passenger and forced shutdown of air conditioners at the terminal.

AirAsia Philippines Corporate Communication and Public Affairs chief Steve Dailisan said they immediately shifted their operation control center at the Naia Terminal 4 while waiting for the line power to be restored.

The power failure struck amid talks to privatize Naia operations.

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