PAL flights back to normal paths after failed NoKor rocket

Posted at 04/13/12 4:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Friday that flights affected by a rerouting scheme due to North Korea's rocket launch have returned to their normal paths.

PAL said flights went back to normal operations at 9:30 a.m. after North Korea's much hyped rocket launch failed.

"The return to normal flight paths covering an estimated 12 flights of PAL is a result of the rescinding by the CAAP or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines of the NOTAM (Notices To Airmen) which contained the alternative flight paths to be followed by flights traversing the eastern section of Luzon as well as the no-fly zone," the airline said in a statement.

North Korea defied international pressure from the US and member countries of the UN to push ahead with its long-range rocket launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the deceased founder of the state.

The country said it wanted to put a weather satellite into orbit, although the US and other critics believed it was designed to enhance its capacity to design a ballistic missile to deliver a nuclear warhead.

Several countries laid down contingency plans in preparation for the rocket launch.

The Philippines implemented a ban on flying and sailing that started April 12 and was supposed to end on the 16th. However, authorities lifted the ban early Friday after North Korea's mission failed.

Meanwhile, a "red alert" for local government agencies in the north, requiring them to be on standby to provide aid and assistance for an emergency, were also lowered.