• Airlines cancel int’l, domestic flights

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    Airlines grounded their planes on Sunday as Typhoon Ruby made its way across Central Philippines.

    A total of 189 domestic flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were cancelled, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

    Zest Air called off its four international flights—Z2 085 (Incheon-Manila), Z2 885 (Incheon-Manila), Z2 941 (Kuala Lumpur-Manila) and Z2 018 (Manila-Shanghai)—and 17 domestic flights.

    Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air cancelled 65 flights to Kalibo, Caticlan, Dumaguete City, Naga City, Legazpi City, Roxas, San Jose, Tagbilaran and Virac.

    Cebu Pacific flights from Cebu to Caticlan, Cebu-Camiguin, Cebu-Dumaguete, Kalibo-Cebu, Cebu-Legazpi, and flights from Cebu to Tacloban were also scrapped.

    Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines cancelled 66 flights scheduled for Monday. Eight of the flights were bound for Caticlan, five for Tacloban City, five for Cebu, three for Kalibo, two for Davao, two for Legazpi, two for Bacolod City, two for Busuanga, two for Naga and one each for Roxas, Puerto Princesa City, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Laoag, Zamboanga, Masbate and Iloilo.

    The airlines also cancelled 16 Manila-bound flights from Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Bacolod, Laoag City, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga, Surigao, Tuguegarao and Basco.

    PAL’s sister company AirPhil Express dropped 54 flights, and Tiger Air, 8.

    PAL cancelled a total of 30 flights on Sunday.

    Passengers were advised to confirm if their flights were still on before going to the airport to avoid congestion. Passengers of cancelled flights will be accommodated on the next available flights.

    PAL said passengers may rebook within 30 days from the original flight date, with rebooking fees/charges waived.

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