Tacloban Airport now fully operational, says transport dept


TACLOBAN Airport is now fully operational, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced.

The DOTr said the airport reopened at 5 a.m. on Sunday after it suspended operations on Friday, December 15, when Tropical Storm “Urduja” felled trees that blocked the access road leading to the airport.

Aside from reinforcing the building’s ceiling that was partially damaged by the storm, airport personnel also installed portable floodlights at the parking area of the airport, according to DOTr.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Philippine Air Force and Army took charge of clearing the affected areas.

“The immediate assistance provided by the Air Force and Army soldiers enabled airport personnel to swiftly and efficiently restore the damaged cyclone perimeter fence and replaced the shattered wind cone within hours,” CAAP Director General Jom Sydiongco said in a statement.

CAAP also reported that all airports in the region — Calbayog, Catarman, Catbalogan, Borongan, Guiuan, Tacloban, Biliramn, Ormoc, Maasin, and Hilongos — were now operational, sustaining only minor damage from the storm. REICELENE JOY N. IGNACIO




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