• MIAA: More than a hundred flights cancelled due to Yolanda

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    The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Friday that more than a hundred flights to and from Visayas and Mindanao had been cancelled due to typhoon Yolanda.

    MIAA officials said PAL Express has grounded its 28 domestic flights, while Cebu Pacific earlier said that 122 flights including four round-trip international flights were ordered grounded.

    Air Asia Philippines also announced flights cancellations in connection with the typhoon.

    The airport officials said they have set up contingency measures and have organized full manning for 24/7 operation, as the country’s capital may receive a lashing from the super typhoon.

    Billboard concessionaires at the airport were earlier told to fold tarpaulins and to strengthen their billboard base.

    Flags at the NAIA terminal 1were also removed as emergency teams had been put on alert and to hold close coordination with airlines for flight cancellations or delays.

    The airport authorities also advised food outlets in the four terminals to extend operations in case passengers get stranded due to possible build up around the airport vicinity in case of flooded roads.

    Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines advised the general aviation area as well as commercial airlines to remove their aircraft from the NAIA in case Yolanda hits Manila and transfer them to Clark or Subic. Benjie L. Vergara

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