DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020   •   1326

An ash column from erupting Taal Volcano looms over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said flight suspension due to the effects of Taal eruption will “remain until further notice”.

The CAAP along with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced on Sunday (January 12) that the suspension of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will have to go beyond the initial 11:00 p.m. scheduled re-opening.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal reported that runways and ramps in NAIA have already accumulated ash due to the Taal volcano eruption.

He also appealed to passengers not to proceed to NAIA, and to check with their respective airlines about updates of flights. He further advised that the MIAA will be shutting down some air handling units to avoid ash ingestion.

Airline operators were also tasked by the CAAP and thr MIAA to attend to their passengers and make sure that there are ground staff to assist them.

There are a total of 172 flights have been affected with 169 cancelled flights and three diverted flights.

Passengers may call the following NAIA Flight information numbers:

Terminal 1 (88771-109 local 2181)
Terminal 2 (88771-109 local 2182)
Terminal 3 (88777-888 local 2183)
Terminal 4 (88771-109 local 2184)
MIAA SMS Hotline 0917-8396242
0918-9186242
MIAA Hotline 88771-111
Or check our Facebook Page and Twitter @MIAAGovPh

Pangambang sumabog ang Mt. Taal matapos ang malakas na lindol sa Batangas, pinawi ng Phivolcs

Robie de Guzman   •   December 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pinawi ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) ang pangamba hinggil sa muling pagsabog ng bulkang Taal kasunod ng magnitude 6.3 na lindol na yumanig sa Calatagan, Batangas pasado alas-7 Biyernes ng umaga.

Ayon kay PHIVOLCS director, Undersecretary Renato Solidum, maliit ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng epekto sa bulkan ang malakas na lindol bagaman patuloy pa nila itong inoobserbahan.

Binigyang-diin rin ni Solidum na sumabog na ang bulkan ngayong taon at malalim ang naramdamang lindol kaninang umaga.

Siguro pagdating doon sa fault baka wala, kasi hindi naman ito ganoon kalaki at malalim siya masyado. Pero pagdating sa Taal Volcano, kasi katatapos lang ng kanyang eruption, oobserbahan natin kung may epekto talaga ito,” ang pahayag ni Solidum.

“Titingnan natin kung magre-react ang Taal Volcano, pero dapat nating maaalala, matandaan, na nasa alert level 1 pa lang naman siya,” dagdag pa niya.

Magugunitang noong buwan ng Enero 2020 ay itinaas sa alert level 4 ang Taal matapos itong magbuga ng abo.

Sa ngayon ay nasa alert level 1 ang bulkan na ang ibig sabihin ay bahagyang pagtaas ng volcanic activity gaya ng gas o steam emission at mga pagyanig. Ipinagbabawal din ang pagpasok sa permanent danger zone ng bulkan.

Paliwanag ng ahensiya, gumalaw ang Manila trench kaya’t naramdaman ang pagyanig sa Metro Manila.

Tiniyak din ng PHIVOLCS na walang direktang epekto ang lindol sa Batangas sa West Valley Fault.

Bukod sa Metro Manila, Batangas at Laguna, naramdaman rin ang lindol sa ilang bahagi ng Rizal at Northern Luzon.

Bicol region airports hit by Typhoon Rolly undergoing repairs — DOTr

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020

Airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in the Bicol region are undergoing repairs after being hit by Typhoon Rolly, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Cynthia Tumanut, area manager of CAAP Area Center 5, reported that communication lines at airports operated by the CAAP in the Bicol region have been restored.

Based on the agency’s situational report, Virac Airport’s electric power and mobile and internet signal has also been restored on Tuesday (November 3) and is now operating from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The airport is catering to military and humanitarian flights from both the public and private sectors.

The Catanduanes province, meanwhile, has requested for a 2-week suspension of Cebu Pacific flights to Virac while the province recuperates from the typhoon’s onslaught.

CAAP airports that were critically damaged, especially in Area 5, are also undergoing assessment and processing of reports for GSIS insurance claims. AAC

Typhoon Rolly damage in Naga Airport pegged at P5.5 million, CAAP says

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several airports in the Bicol region have sustained damage due to the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Monday.

In its latest report, CAAP said Naga Airport’s passenger terminal building, fire station building, administration building, and vehicular parking area sustained serious damage estimated at P5.5 million.

“The damage was mostly in the form of dismantled ceilings and blown away roofing and window panels caused by the strong winds of Typhoon Rolly,” CAAP said.

Flights in the airport have commenced at 7:45 a.m. Monday after it was suspended on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m.

Legazpi Airport was also reported to have sustained minimal damage in its ceiling boards and runway lights in the passenger terminal building, according to CAAP.

Bicol International Airport also reported damage to glass wall panels at the second floor of its passenger terminal building; Sangley Airport with damage at glass windows in the hangar and two spans of old CHB fence collapsed at general aviation area; and Marinduque Airport where breakwaters at Runway 16 Runway End Safety Area (RESA) collapsed due to storm surges.

“As early as Friday, October 30, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Airports have secured its powerplant and runway equipment, boarded its facilities, coordinated with the local DRRMC offices, and has activated its procedures for typhoon disaster response as per instructions from DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade,” CAAP said.

“At present, CAAP airport managers are still on high alert and are closely monitoring and conducting inspections at their respective airports,” it added.

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