CAAP reopens Tacloban airport

Posted at 09/04/14 8:43 PM

MANILA – The Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City was reopened on Thursday, but only turbo propeller aircraft will be allowed to use it in the next 3 months.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) deputy director general Rodante Joya said the limited operations of the airport, which was damaged due to typhoon “Yolanda,” will last until December 3.

Cebu Pacific, which mostly uses Airbus jets, already announced the cancellation of several flights for September.

The airline said it is currently arranging additional flights to re-accommodate affected passengers.

Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), meanwhile, said it has resumed flights to Tacloban using PAL Express’ Bombardier Dash 8.

PAL Express resumed 10 flights to and from Tacloban City using the Bombardier Q300 and Q400 aircraft.

The airline said it will allow re-routing of flights to Cebu, Calbayog or Catarman or a full refund of the fare, including taxes and fees.

CAAP announced on Monday that it has issued a notice on the closure of the Tacloban airport starting 6 a.m. of Sept. 3 to 6 a.m. of Sept. 4.

Airlines using Airbus A320 or Boeing B737 will only be allowed to resume flights after the total replacement of 5 inches of asphalt on the whole runway is completed.