Flights cancelled, more flight delays expected as power outage hits NAIA anew

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was hit with another power outage early morning of Monday, May 1, which is reminiscent of the New Year’s Day technical glitch that caused blackout and led to hundreds of thousands of passengers being stranded due to flight cancellations.

In a statement, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the power outage hit the NAIA Terminal 3 at 1:05 a.m. 

The power outage, according to the MIAA, forced the use of standby power in supplying electricity to critical facilities enabling computer systems of airlines and Immigration to function partially and enable processing of both inbound and outbound passengers.

“As a result, delayed flights shall be expected,” the statement read.

As of 8:10 a.m. at least 40 domestic flights were cancelled for the Cebu Pacific alone based on the latest flight advisory released at 8:10 a.m. They are:

5J 504/503 Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila
5J 325/326 Manila-Daraga-Manila
5J 383/384 Manila-Cagayan-Manila
5J 196/197 Manila- Cauayan-Manila
5J 703/704 Manila-Dipolog-Manila
5J 637/638 Manila- Puerto Princesa-Manila
5J 911/912 Manila- Caticlan-Manila
5J 553/554 Manila-Cebu-Manila
5J 617/618 Manila- Panglao-Manila
5J 483/484 Manila- Bacolod-Manila
5J 951/952 Manila-Davao-Manila
5J 793/794 Manila- Butuan-Manila
5J 859/860    Manila- Zamboanga-Manila
5J 993/994 Manila- General Santos-Manila
5J 781/782 Manila- Ozamiz-Manila
5J 909/910 Manila-Caticlan-Manila
5J 449/450 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
5J 659/660 Manila-Tacloban-Manila
5J 887/888 Manila- Cotabato-Manila
5J 773/774 Manila- Pagadian-Manila

But the MIAA said its Engineering team is now looking into the cause of power failure along with technical personnel from Meralco. 

“The MIAA Management apologizes to air travellers for the inconvenience that the situation may have brought to them,” the statement read.

“MIAA operations personnel are now continuously doing the rounds of Terminal 3 to provide assistance to passengers and answer inquiries they might have,” it added.