Tacloban airport to be closed for repairs

Posted at 09/01/14 7:52 PM

MANILA – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is scheduled to temporarily close the Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City to repair potholes on the runway, which was caused by typhoon “Yolanda” in November last year.

CAAP has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on the airport’s closure starting 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3 to 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 4.

CAAP deputy director Rodante Joya said upon completion of the repair, only turbo propeller aircraft will be allowed to take off and land at the airport.

Airlines using Airbus A320 or Boeing B737 will only be allowed to resume flights after the complete rehabilitation of the whole runway.

“The continuing deterioration of the runway surface had to be addressed immediately for the safety of all aircraft landing in Tacloban,” Joya said.

Representatives from Philippine Airlines Inc., Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Tiger Airways have informed CAAP that they will halt flights to Tacloban because of the potholes, which pose risks to both passengers and aircraft.

A total of 24 flights to and from Tacloban will be affected by the closure.

The public is advised to monitor updates from airlines operating at the Tacloban airport for flight cancellations and flight arrangements.