Some airports affected by storm resume operations

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Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Saturday some airports affected by the storm are now back in normal operations.

At the same time, the aviation agency also lifted the notice-to-airmen on eight airports that had been affected by the storm.

CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss said that it had mobilized its provincial airport personnel since 5 a.m. Saturday to expedite the clearing of runways of Iloilo, Caticlan, Romblon, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Masbate, Legaspi and Surigao.

However, Roxas airport is still closed until Sunday, while Kalibo airport is expected to resume operations on Monday, while Tacloban and Busuanga airports were severely damaged by Yolanda when the storm directly hit the areas on Friday.


Some 96 flights, including four international, were earlier cancelled by its respected airlines due to the effects of super typhoon Yolanda.

The airlines—Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and PAL Express – stated that they will soon resume their respective flights once the affected provincial airports had fully cleared from damage.

“The CAAP is checking the extent of damage in other airports in the Visayas region. We may have to cancel more flights should additional time be needed by the authorities,” the airlines earlier said.

PAL/PAL Express and CEB had issued updates on further changes to flight schedules to hundreds of affected passengers.

Meanwhile, CAAP Deputy Director General John Andrews flew to Tacloban on board a Philippine Air Force C-130 cargo plane to personally assess the damage of the airport.

Andrews also brought with him needed supplies, food, medicine and another set of CAAP communication equipment while Bayantel volunteered to install VSAT equipment at Tacloban airport.

Hotchkiss said that he will also fly to Tacloban along with other CAAP personnel on Sunday to also assess the situation.

According to latest report from Tacloban CAAP area manager Efren Nagrama, the communications in the area are limited because of power outage. He added that his team have started clearing the airport runway.

The Tacloban CAAP report also added that around 100 presumed dead bodies are littered on the streets near Tacloban airport with around 100 more injured.

The CAAP said that it has requested for medical evacuation and additional medical personnel in the area. BENJIE L. VERGARA

 

 

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