More than 400 flights cancelled due to Yolanda


The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Friday, that as of 3 p.m., some 458 flights, including eight international, to and from Visayas and Mindanao had been cancelled due to typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

MIAA officials said Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia Zest, and Tiger Air has grounded their flights.

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.

The CAAP meanwhile, also advised airline operators on the issuance of notice-to-airmen (Notam) due to super typhoon Yolanda that have affected the country.

CAAP Deputy Director General Capt. John C. Andrews said the aerodrome services in Roxas, Caticlan, Legaspi, Iloilo and Roblon was suspended until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Latest report said that Surigao and Tacloban airports are abandoning tower due to strong winds which forced them to suspend aerodrome operations, and airport closure until further notice. Benjie L. Vergara



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