CAAP to impose another restriction on Tacloban airport runway use

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm 

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan. 23 – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will impose another restriction of Tacloban Airport runway use to continue paving works disrupted by holiday rush and the Papal visit.

CAAP Eastern Visayas area manager Antonio Alfonso said they will schedule a limited operation of the runway for two weeks within the first quarter of the year.

“We will base our schedule on weather forecast. We have to make sure the weather is favorable so we can finish the project in two weeks,” Alfonso said.

The airport has a runway length of 2,138 meters and only 1,500 meters are newly paved. The remaining runway is still vulnerable to developing potholes after it was submerged by sea water when super typhoon "Yolanda" struck the province.

“The airport resumed its regular operations third week of December 2014 since there are many travellers for Christmas and papal visit and the old pavement was still usable,” he added.

The contractor will start paving works of the 300 meters at the end of the runway so as not to disrupt airbus operations, which need at least 1,800 meters for landing and takeoff, according to Alfonso

Paving the remaining 300 meters will limit the runway use to 1,500 meters, the maximum length needed by propeller-driven aircrafts.

From Sept. 4 to Dec. 22, 2014 only turboprop planes used the airport due to major runway repair, affecting travel plans and trading activities.

The government also imposed restriction of runway use for three days this week after a private jet carrying several cabinet secretaries skidded off Tacloban Airport runway, forcing airlines to cancel flights that use airbus. (PNA)



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