Some international flights were grounded as Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) maintained its strength and sped in the general direction of Isabela-Cagayan area.

The Manila International Airport Authority cancelled several flights:

Xiamen Air flights MF819/MF820 (Xiamen-Manila-Xiamen) and MF8667 (Xiamen-Manila).

Philippine Airlines PR346/PR347 (Manila-Pudong-Manila), PR312 (Manila-Hong Kong).

Meanwhile, some PAL flights were re-timed to arrive on Saturday afternoon. These are PR685 (Doha-Qatar), PR655 (Riyadh-Manila), PR659 (Dubai-Manila) and

PR683 (Dammam-Manila).

Earlier, the MIAA announced that airport operations will be closed if Typhoon Ompong would affect the country's main gateway.  BENJIE L. VERGARA