MANILA — (6TH UPDATE) Hundreds of flights inbound and outbound the Philippines airports were put on hold on New Year’s Day for almost six hours.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a statement, saying the issue was due to a technical problem experienced by the agency’s Air Traffic Management Center.
The air navigation system is used by the aviation authorities to monitor the location of planes and man the traffic airspace capacity entering or leaving the Philippine air space. The upgraded system was inaugurated in 2018. The issue was detected around 10 a.m., or 2 a.m. international time.