Airlines cancel flights due to blocked Tacloban Airport runway, inclement weather

January 18, 2015 10:39 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan. 18 (PNA) — Airlines have cancelled several flights on Sunday after a plane carrying cabinet officials last Saturday skidded off the airport runway, disrupting the airport’s operations.

More flights were also cancelled due to bad weather brought about by tropical storm “Amang.” State-run weather bureau PAGASA earlier placed Leyte under signal number 2 due to the storm.

The plane that skidded off was carrying Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Undersecretary Emmanuel Bautista, Undersecretary Felizardo Serapio, Jr., eight other Cabinet members, and three plane crew members.

None of them were reportedly injured.

In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said that among flights cancelled due to a runway obstruction at Tacloban Airport include the following Manila-Tacloban-Manila flights:

PAL Express: 2P2981/2982, 2P2985/2986, 2P2987/2988, 2P2989/2990; 2P5681/2P5682; 2P5981/2P5982; 2P5985/2P5986; 2P5987/2P5988; 2P5989/2P5990; 2P5581/2P5582; 2P5587/2P5588; 2P5983/2P5984; 2P5583/2P5584; and 2P5585/2P5586.

Cebu Pacific Air: 5J651/652, 5J659/660, 5J653/654, 5J657/658

Tigerair: DG7042/7043, and DG7044/7045

Meanwhile, flights cancelled due to proximity of Amang include six PAL Express flights namely 2P2071/2072 (Manila-Calbayog-Manila), 2P2079/2080 (Manila-Catarman-Manila), and 2P2021/2022 (Manila-Masbate-Manila).

According to the airlines, there are replacement flights ready. Passengers may also check their new flight schedule on their websites.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said only flights by smaller planes which can land for 1,500 meters can take off from the airport, but this is only allowed Sunday (Jan 18), 8:59 am.

CAAP also said that restricted use of the runway will be effective Sunday, 9 am until Tuesday (Jan 20), 9 pm. Meanwhile, only jets or turbo-propeller planes with a seating capacity of 72 are allowed to land in the aircraft. (PNA)



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