The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday announced the closure of certain runways during the visit of Pope Francis from January 15 to 19.
On January 15, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) primary runway 06/24 and secondary runway 13/31 will be closed for all arriving flights while departing flights will be allowed to operate from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. From 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., a no-fly zone will be implemented and no air traffic will be accommodated because of the arrival of the aircraft carrying the pope at the NAIA runway at 5:45 p.m.
On January 17, when Pope Francis flies to Tacloban City (Leyte), the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport will be closed to all air traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. except aircraft carrying the papal entourage. Meanwhile, NAIA runways will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. when the pope’s aircraft will land at NAIA from Tacloban.
On January 19, during Pope Francis’ departure for Rome, a no-fly zone will be implemented from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.