MANILA, Philippines - All airports affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" are now fully operational except for Tacloban, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Tuesday,
The CAAP said a ban on other fixed wing aircraft to and from Tacloban shall be in effect till further notice.
CAAP said airports that are now in functional operations are Guiuan in Samar, Bantayan and Roxas in Cebu, Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan, Busuanga in Palawan, San Jose in Mindoro, Ormoc in Leyte Tagbilaran in Bohol, Borongan, Biliran and Calbayog in Samar, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental and Catbalogan in Western Samar.
CAAP Deputy Director General Capt. John C. Andrews said CAAP managers of the affected airports sought to clear the runways within 24 hours.
He said within 48 hours, all but Tacloban airport became operational, complete with air-ground communications.
On the third day after "Yolanda", Tacloban airport was allowed to accommodate turbo-propeller aircraft. Limited commercial operations utilizing airlines turbo prop aircraft commenced operation between Mactan-Tacloban-Mactan.
Tacloban began accommodating A-320 commercial flights on November 14, but the frequency of the flights is limited by the on-going relief operations by the USS George Washington.
The airport also holds the restriction on general aviation aircraft due to the constrained availability of space.
Daily flights of A-320 planes from Manila-Tacloban-Manila will continue with four frequencies, as well as Mactan-Tacloban-Mactan flights of nine turbo type aircraft.