NAIA reopens for recovery flights; normal ops to resume 11 p.m. Dec. 3 – MIAA

Robie de Guzman
(FILE) Travelers and airport porters are seen in front of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal One in Paranaque City, Philippines.  EPA-EFE FRANCIS MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were reopened at 6 p.m. on Tuesday following its temporary closure due to the effects of typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri).

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they decided to reopen the airport ahead of schedule after consulting with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in view of the improving weather condition.

With NAIA runways’ reopening, Monreal said domestic carriers were allowed to bring back to Manila all their aircraft that were preemptively evacuated to other local airports due to the typhoon.

From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the MIAA official said they are expecting to receive 53 aircraft returning from local airports.

Of this number, eight are from the Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, 30 from Cebu Pacific and 15 from Air Asia.

“We have 84 slots available so that these aircraft can be accommodated. The reason we allowed this scenario is to ensure that the majority of the flights will be operated by tomorrow,” Monreal said.

The MIAA chief added that at 11 p.m., regular flight operations will resume at NAIA.

However, the daily maintenance closure of NAIA’s runway from 1:30 AM to 3:30 AM remains suspended to accommodate flights affected by the 11 AM to 11 PM closure, provided they have approved recovery slots from the MIAA.

Monreal has reminded airline operators to be ready for recovery operations and to advise their handling agents to maximize the deployment of people to service all requirements.

He also reiterated his appeal to airline passengers not to go to the airport unless they have confirmed bookings.

He also advised passengers to contact their flight carriers for proper guidance about rebooking procedures.

NAIA, the country’s main gateway, was shut down earlier in anticipation of the effects of the typhoon.

Metro Manila is still under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 as ‘Tisoy’ continues to move west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph).

‘Tisoy’ was last spotted at 145 kilometers north of Coron, Palawan, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

According to PAGASA’s 8 p.m. severe weather bulletin, the typhoon has maintained strength as it moves over Mindoro strait.

It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon.

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