MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The proposed bill to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has received a lot of pushback from many Filipinos.
Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco and Eric Yap want NAIA to be renamed Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. Many are opposed to the proposed new name because it is difficult to spell, pronounce and remember, especially for the hundreds of international pilots that will have to communicate with the air control tower as well as non Tagalog-speaking tourists and visitors to the Philippines.
Enter Senator Risa Hontiveros who proposed an alternate name that she says will be very easy to remember: MARIA.
It stands for Maria Angelita Ressa International Airport, named after the notorious Filipino American journalist, Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ and self-proclaimed vanguard of Press Freedom.
“Honoring Ressa will show our country’s commitment to uphold Freedom of Speech while recognizing the Rappler CEO’s protracted battle against any curtailment of the rights of the Fourth Estate,” Hontiveros said.
Ready for landing in Manila? Fasten your seatbelts. We’re now approaching MARIA!
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, Congressman Paolo Duterte had earlier proposed to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (translation: International Airport of the Philippines), but many are pushing back.
Netizens are demanding that NAIA revert to its original name. International pilots have also complained that it would be very difficult for them to communicate with Manila’s flight control tower if the airport’s name was in Tagalog.
So Duterte backtracked and agreed to return NAIA to its original name — MIA…
Marcos International Airport.
Lost in translation.
BERLIN, Germany (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Airlines are among the most negatively affected by the Covid-9 pandemic, having lost significant amount of business resulting from travel restrictions if not outright country lockdowns.
Even as countries start to lift the lockdowns and resume in and out travel, most airlines will continue to feel the devastating effects of the coronavirus. Under the “new normal,” commercial aircraft would have to limit passenger capacity in observance of physical distancing, in addition to a host of health and safety measures that they need to implement.
But Lufthansa has pioneered an innovative way to be back in business without having to cut the numer of paying passengers for their flights.
Germany’s largest airline has just unveiled a prototype of its new fleet that is three times the length of the Boeing 777 and can accommodate three times the number of passengers without violating established physical distancing protocols.
Indeed for Lufthansa, it’s business as usual under the new normal!