NAIA terminals, some domestic airports back in operation – CAAP

Published December 4, 2019, 8:25 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Ariel Fernandez

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced Wednesday that all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and some domestic airports in the country have resumed their operations.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) (MANILA BULLETIN)

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal decided to reopen the runways of the NAIA at 6 p.m. Tuesday to allow domestic carriers to bring back to Manila all the aircrafts that were preemptively evacuated to provincial airports in preparation for the mounting of recovery flights and resumption of regular operations.

Cebu Pacific flight 5J 630 from Puerto Princess was the first domestic flight to arrive at NAIA at 8:02 p.m. while an Eva Air flight from Taiwan was the first international flight to arrive at around 11:40 p.m.

Monreal said that as of 6 p.m., the NAIA runway and ramps were useable as there were no debris or potholes, but there were no planes due to the announced cancellations of more than 500 flights from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the evacuation of the aircrafts from the airport complex earlier in the day.

The MIAA chief said domestic airlines that evacuated their planes to provincial airports were already starting to return to NAIA. Among these were the 53 aircrafts of Philippine Airlines (PAL), Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo that were evacuated to airports in Clark, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and General Santos.

He said PAL would be able to bring back all its nine evacuated aircraft to NAIA by 1 a.m. on Wednesday, 15 aircrafts of Air Asia by 11 p.m. Tuesday, and about 30 aircraft of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The airlines can already start mounting their recovery flights or the rescheduled trips of the flights that were cancelled earlier in the day.

Monreal said some of the returning aircraft from the provinces will also be carrying passengers.
He said international airlines that cancelled their trips may also start their recovery flights from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., the time allotted for runway maintenance.

From 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and onwards, the regular daily scheduled flights are expected to resume.
Monreal appealed to passengers to contact their airlines to first verify their rebookings and not come to the airport as “chance passengers” or without confirmed flights.

Status of domestic airports

The Legazpi Airport which was heavily damaged by typhoon “Tisoy” resumed commercial operations on Wednesday and started accommodating Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flights.

According to CAAP Area Center 5 Manager Cynthia Tumanut, Legazpi Airport will utilize the undamaged areas of the passenger terminal building (PTB) as temporary arrival and pre-departure areas.

The airport will also be mobilizing its support personnel to assist passengers in getting through the designated temporary check-in and pre-departure areas.

The Catanduanes Virac Flight Service Station (FSS) operations are now back to normal.

Operations at the Busuanga Airport and Tower remain suspended due to strong wind and heavy rain in the area.
The Marinduque Airport sustained partial damages. The airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB) ceiling, check-in counter, and guardhouse window panels were damaged.

All other airports under Area 3 (Jomalig, Mamburao, Marinduque, San Jose, Pinamalayan, Wasig, Romblon, Plaridel, Iba, Baler, Alabat, Calapan, and Lubaang) reported no damages.

The Calbayog Airport is now operational after the reinstallation of all markers and wind cones. Debris in front of the passenger terminal building (PTB), the fire station, and at the vertical path angle (VPA) were removed by the airport’s firefighters, maintenance personnel, and security guards. Earlier, a CebGo flight from Cebu was also able to land at the airport.

CAAP airports are also operationalizing the Malasakit Help Desks especially in airports directly affected by typhoon “Tisoy.”

The airports damaged by “Tisoy” are currently closed as authorities are checking their structural integrity.

 
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NAIA terminals, some domestic airports back in operation – CAAP

Published December 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ariel Fernandez

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced Wednesday that all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and some domestic airports in the country have resumed their operations.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) (MANILA BULLETIN)

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal decided to reopen the runways of the NAIA at 6 p.m. Tuesday to allow domestic carriers to bring back to Manila all the aircrafts that were preemptively evacuated to provincial airports in preparation for the mounting of recovery flights and resumption of regular operations.

Cebu Pacific flight 5J 630 from Puerto Princess was the first domestic flight to arrive at NAIA at 8:02 p.m. while an Eva Air flight from Taiwan was the first international flight to arrive at around 11:40 p.m.

Monreal said that as of 6 p.m., the NAIA runway and ramps were useable as there were no debris or potholes, but there were no planes due to the announced cancellations of more than 500 flights from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the evacuation of the aircrafts from the airport complex earlier in the day.

The MIAA chief said domestic airlines that evacuated their planes to provincial airports were already starting to return to NAIA. Among these were the 53 aircrafts of Philippine Airlines (PAL), Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo that were evacuated to airports in Clark, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and General Santos.

He said PAL would be able to bring back all its nine evacuated aircraft to NAIA by 1 a.m. on Wednesday, 15 aircrafts of Air Asia by 11 p.m. Tuesday, and about 30 aircraft of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The airlines can already start mounting their recovery flights or the rescheduled trips of the flights that were cancelled earlier in the day.

Monreal said some of the returning aircraft from the provinces will also be carrying passengers.
He said international airlines that cancelled their trips may also start their recovery flights from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., the time allotted for runway maintenance.

From 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and onwards, the regular daily scheduled flights are expected to resume.
Monreal appealed to passengers to contact their airlines to first verify their rebookings and not come to the airport as “chance passengers” or without confirmed flights.

Status of domestic airports

The Legazpi Airport which was heavily damaged by typhoon “Tisoy” resumed commercial operations on Wednesday and started accommodating Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flights.

According to CAAP Area Center 5 Manager Cynthia Tumanut, Legazpi Airport will utilize the undamaged areas of the passenger terminal building (PTB) as temporary arrival and pre-departure areas.

The airport will also be mobilizing its support personnel to assist passengers in getting through the designated temporary check-in and pre-departure areas.

The Catanduanes Virac Flight Service Station (FSS) operations are now back to normal.

Operations at the Busuanga Airport and Tower remain suspended due to strong wind and heavy rain in the area.
The Marinduque Airport sustained partial damages. The airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB) ceiling, check-in counter, and guardhouse window panels were damaged.

All other airports under Area 3 (Jomalig, Mamburao, Marinduque, San Jose, Pinamalayan, Wasig, Romblon, Plaridel, Iba, Baler, Alabat, Calapan, and Lubaang) reported no damages.

The Calbayog Airport is now operational after the reinstallation of all markers and wind cones. Debris in front of the passenger terminal building (PTB), the fire station, and at the vertical path angle (VPA) were removed by the airport’s firefighters, maintenance personnel, and security guards. Earlier, a CebGo flight from Cebu was also able to land at the airport.

CAAP airports are also operationalizing the Malasakit Help Desks especially in airports directly affected by typhoon “Tisoy.”

The airports damaged by “Tisoy” are currently closed as authorities are checking their structural integrity.

 
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