All typhoon affected airports are now in full operation except Tacloban airport but the ban on other fixed wing aircraft to and from Tacloban was still in effect.
Airports that are now in functional operations and complete with air-ground communications are Guiuan in Samar, Bantayan and Roxas in Cebu, Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan, Busunaga in Palawan, San Jose in Mindoro, Ormoc in Leyte, Tagbilaran in Bohol, Borongan, Biliran and Calbayog in Samar, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental and Catbalogan in Western Samar.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director General John Andrews said that the affected airports became fully operational due to the instant initiatives of respective CAAP managers which cleared the affected airports’ runways that served as the only means of transport to these areas.
Andrews said that at the start, Tacloban’s airport operations had limitations on the type of aircraft allowed to land due to the hazardous external conditions in the area except military planes.
Tacloban airport’s condition has improved on the third day and was authorized to accommodate turbo-propeller planes but limited to commercial operations between Mactan-Tacloban-Mactan.
Andrews added that Tacloban airport has started accommodating Airbus A320 commercial flights on November 14. The frequency of the flights, however, is limited due to the ongoing relief operations by the USS George Washington.
The airport also holds the restriction on general aviation aircraft due to the constrained availability of space. BENJIE L. VERGARA