Clark Airport eyes Wednesday reopening after earthquake


Posted at Apr 23 2019 10:18 AM | Updated as of Apr 23 2019 10:34 AM

MANILA -- The Clark International Airport could reopen on Wednesday, authorities said, as they assessed damage from a powerful earthquake.

The tower is operational and sustained no substantial damage. The runway, apron and taxi way are "sound," airport CEO Jaime Melo said Tuesday.

There was "big damage" in the check-in counters and cracks were reported in the second floor, Melo told reporters.

"Most probably ang assessment ko, bukas kami puwede magbukas," he said. 

(Most probably, my assessment is we could open tomorrow.) 

Some 104 flights were cancelled Tuesday. Fourteen flights were cancelled on Monday after the earthquake struck.

"Sisiguraduhin muna namin safety bago kami mag-operate," he said.

(We will ensure safety first before we operate.) 

Six passengers and an airport worker suffered scratches, he said.

Partial operations can resume as early as Tuesday, he said.

Monday's earthquake jolted large portions of Central Luzon, including Metro Manila, leaving at least 11 people killed.

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