Thursday, September 04, 2014

Tacloban runway now good for propeller-driven aircraft

MANILA - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has announced that operations at Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban resumed on Thursday (Sept.4) but will be only be limited to propeller driven aircraft, such as the Bombardier Dash 8 Q300/400, ATR 72-500 or lower category aircraft (turbo prop) operated by inter-island carriers.

Palexpress flight 2981 was the first to land at the airport at 6:10am on Thursday.

Runway 18/36 of Tacloban airport was closed for 24 hours on Wednesday because potholes that might endanger passengers and aircraft safety during takeoffs and landings had to be repaired by CAAP with asphalt overlays.

Jet aircraft, however, line B737s and A320s types will have to wait for a few weeks until the runway is fully rehabilitated with a 5-inch thick asphalt pave-over.

The asphalt overlay is done only during night time after the airport has closed operations for the day.

PAL has increased its flights between Manila and Tacloban due to public clamor and also to make up for the reduced flights of other carriers.

As mandated by CAAP, only turboprop aircraft will be allowed to operate to and from Tacloban airport in the meantime.

This means that PAL will have to forego its A320 flights to TAC and instead utilize its smaller 76-seater turboprop Q400s.

PAL said it will continue its 'all-turbo' flights until December 2014 as it expects to resume A320 service in early January 2015.

Cebu Pacific, on the other hand, said that it cancelled six Manila-Tacloban-Manila flights Thursday and only operated its 4 round trip flights between Cebu and Tacloban.

CEB is arranging additional flights to re-accommodate affected passengers, or they may avail of any of the following options, for free:
Rebook their flight within 30 days from original departure date;
Reroute their flights to the alternate station (Cebu) within 30 days from original departure date or full refund.

Affected passengers may call +(632) 7020888 or +(6332) 2308888 for their preferred option.

Cebu Pacific will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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