NAIA runway clear of 'Glenda' debris

Posted at 07/16/2014 3:25 PM
A Singapore Airlines plane was damaged after being dragged by strong winds due to 'Glenda.' Photo by Raoul Esperas

MANILA, Philippines – The runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been cleared of foreign object debris brought by winds of typhoon "Glenda," the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) suspended NAIA runway operations at 7 a.m. Wednesday due to the typhoon, but later resumed operations at 10:40 a.m.

MIAA said the first flight to land at NAIA on Wednesday was an Eva Air flight at 11:13 a.m.

Airport general manager Jose Angel Honrado has directed the four terminal managers of NAIA 1, 2, 3, and 4 to immediately conduct an inspection of possible damages.

“A cursory assessment must be made so that corrective action can be instituted right away to ensure unhampered operations once flights resume,” he said.

Initial reports said the airport’s glass panels were damaged and several construction scaffolding and fixtures gave way due to winds.

Boarding bridges 101 to 106 in Terminal 3 were also reported to have suffered slight damages.

Other terminals also sustained minor damages.

Two parked aircraft owned by Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines were also damaged.

“Due to very strong winds, we have 2 plane incidents. First involving an aircraft of Singapore Airlines on the ground damaging its left wing after it hit one of the air bridges of Terminal 1. Another is Malaysian Airlines plane which fuselage was damaged after it turned some 45 degrees to its side hitting a service stairs stationed nearby while it was parked at remote parking of the cargo terminal,” said Honrado.

He noted that no injuries have been reported, as of posting.

He is reminding passengers whose flights were affected by the typhoon to contact the airlines for flight updates and schedules.