CAAP airports brace for Tropical Storm 'Paeng'

Airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have commenced precautionary measures in anticipation of possible damages due to Tropical Storm "Paeng."


The PAGASA raised Signal No. 2 over several areas in Luzon and Visayas as 'Paeng' slightly intensified.

CAAP said Friday, Oct. 28, that airports located within the path of TS 'Paeng,' such as the Bicol International Airport (BIA), have already conducted pre-typhoon coordination meetings and assessments to gear up for the expected weather disturbance affecting Bicol region.

Naga Airport also cancelled its CebGo flight operations (DG 6111/DG6112) from and to Manila due to bad weather conditions. A total of 140 passengers were affected and assisted by airport personnel.

Meanwhile, Masbate Airport also halted two CebGo flight operations (DG 6177-6178/DG 6179-6180) to and from Manila, affecting a total of 305 passengers.

Malasakit Help Kits including food packs were distributed to the affected travellers.

All other Area 5 airports (Legazpi, Bulan, Sorsogon, Daet, and Virac) are on normal operations with no reported flight cancellations as of press time, according to CAAP.

Area 6 airports (Iloilo, Bacolod-Silay, Kalibo, Antique, and Roxas) remain operational. However, PAL flight PR 2905 (Manila-Antique-Manila) and Cebu Pacific flight 5J 373 (Manila-Roxas-Manila) have been cancelled, it added.

CAAP Marinduque, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Tacloban suspended administrative office work in accordance with the Executive Order issued by their respective local government units due to the tropical storm. However, airport personnel on operations duty remain on their respective posts.

For Dipolog airport, Cebu Pacific flight 5J 704 bound for Manila was cancelled with 119 affected passengers. Airport personnel assisted the passengers for rebooking.

CAAP said that Cotabato airport has also suspended its runway operations as surrounding areas of the airport were flooded. Its Passenger Terminal Building incurred no damages aside from rainwater leaks.

"Reports from Area and Airport Managers are continuously monitored and consolidated by the CAAP Operations Center," CAAP said.

Apart from typhoon preparedness plans, airports operated by CAAP are also on heightened alert for Oplan Biyaheng Ayos, due to the influx of flying passengers this Undas 2022.