Passengers headed for Zambo still stranded in NAIA
MANILA – After a 10-day suspension, two flights were allowed to fly again to Zamboanga City Thursday due to the improving situation in the area.
Cebu Pacific flight 5J849 was the first to take off at 8:30 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 with 18 passengers on board, including Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director General John Andrews.
However, some passengers remained stranded in NAIA after they failed to secure a seat in the said flight.
They claimed they were told that the flight was already fully-booked, but were dismayed to find out later that the flight only had 18 passengers on board.
Other passengers were informed they could not be accommodated if they had more than one hand carry luggage.
Some of these passengers appealed for some consideration since many of them are overseas Filipino workers who arrived more than a week ago and are very eager to come home to their families.
They brought with them several pieces of luggage filled with things they bought for their loved ones.
Meanwhile, Philippine Airline Express flight 2P995 had more than a hundred passengers when it left for Zamboanga City at 12:30 p.m.
It was the second and last flight for the day. CAAP said it will add two more flights tomorrow.
Passengers in Zamboanga City used the same planes that flew to Zamboanga International Airport today.
They recounted the tight security inspections in Zamboanga before they were allowed to board. According to the passengers, they had to go through physical inspection twice, removing shoes, buckles and watches.
Their luggage were also opened for visual inspection on top of the usual X-ray.