Lightning alert halts NAIA operations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2019 06:13 PM

Pagasa on Thursday issued a red lightning alert, prompting NAIA to halt operations. File/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—State weather bureau Pagasa on Thursday issued a red lightning alert, prompting Ninoy Aquino International Airport to halt operations.

The alert, which means lightning strikes "are prevalent in the immediate area and may endanger personnel, passenger, and even flight operations," was raised at 5:17 p.m., the Department of Transportation said.

"Ramp movement for both airport personnel and aircraft is suspended for safety reasons," it said. "A prolonged lightning red alert may cause delays in flight operations."

The Manila International Airport Authority said it is monitoring the situation.

More details to follow.