Aviation officials have declared Ninoy Aquino International Airport open to partial operations on Tuesday after the country’s main gateway was shut down due to the risks posed to planes by Taal Volcano ash explosion.
The Manila International Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced that the partial resumption of operations for departures and arrivals began 10 a.m. and 12 noon on 14 January respectively. Priority will be given to departure flights so the NAIA ramps may be cleared of planes parked there since Sunday night, while second priority will be given to regularly scheduled flights for today.
The partial operations, however, will be subjected to the terminal capacity of the four NAIA terminals and to airline consent.
“Under the situation, separation time between flights will be longer, in order to give MIAA and CAAP better capability to manage terminal and runway capacities,” aviation authorities said.
Airline operators were asked to submit their flight cancellations for Monday to give the slotting committee more room to allocate slots to airlines wishing to mount recovery flights.
Ed Monreal, MIAA general manager, appealed to passengers to “make sure their flights can leave before proceeding to the airport.”
Clearing of NAIA’s runways, taxiways and ramps of ashfall is still being carried out.
The restive Taal remains under Alert Level 4, which means that “hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.” Over 40,000 people in the area have been evacuated with many schools and offices also closed on Tuesday.
(Source: The Philstar)