Tacloban airport partially open for light planes

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The Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport in Tacloban City was partially open on Monday for light planes to ferry relief supplies and equipment to the devastated province.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General William Hotchkiss said that airport ground personnel are working double time to expedite normalization of operations.

Hotchkiss also said that they lifted the notice-to-airman on all domestic airports affected by Yolanda except the DZR airport.

He noted that it will take days or weeks for Tacloban airport to accept bigger commercial aircraft like Airbus A320 or Boeing B737 type because of limitations of service for passengers at the terminal which was totally damaged by the typhoon including communications, tower and radar equipment.


“We would like to inform the public that in as much as we wanted to bring back normal operations, the airport terminal itself was totally damaged and we are now building a temporary terminal to service the needs of the passengers,” Hotchkiss said.

Philippine Airlines, PAL Express and Cebu Pacific have operated commercial flights  to Tacloban via Cebu Monday to help passengers whose flights were cancelled as a result of super typhoon Yolanda.

PAL also said that a special flight left from Manila to Tacloban to ferry relief supplies to the hardest hit city.

Air Asia Zest whose flights had also been cancelled in view of the recent typhoon is mounting rescue flights in partnership with NGOs and humanitarian groups to Kalibo, Tacloban and other affected areas starting Monday and the days to come. BENJIE L. VERGARA

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