Ompong shuts down several north Luzon airports

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 15 2018 02:10 PM | Updated as of Sep 15 2018 03:01 PM

MANILA- Several airports in northern Luzon have shut down operations until Sunday due to the impact of Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut).

Here is a list of airports and their scheduled closures:

  • Basco, Batanes- closed from Sept. 15, 7 a.m. until Sept. 16, 3 p.m.
  • Itbayat, Batanes- closed from Sept. 15, 7 a.m. until Sept. 16, 4 p.m.
  • Cauayan, Isabela- closed from Sept. 15, 8 a.m. until Sept. 16, 3 p.m.
  • Palanan, Isabela- closed from Sept. 15, 7 a.m. until Sept. 16, 4 p.m.
  • Tuguegarao City- closed from Sept. 15, 8 a.m. until Sept. 16, 4 p.m.
  • Laoag City- closed from Sept. 14, 6:29 a.m. until Sept. 16, 10 p.m.
  • San Fernando, La Union- closed from Sept. 15, 8 a.m. until Sept. 16, 4 p.m.
  • Vigan, Ilocos Sur- closed from Sept. 15, 8 a.m. until Sept. 16, 4 p.m.
  • Lingayen, Pangasinan- closed from Sept. 15, 7 a.m. until Sept. 16, 4 p.m.

Several airlines have also canceled flights until Sunday due to the typhoon.

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, Ompong made landfall in Cagayan early Saturday morning and left a trail of destruction.

In the Tuguegarao airport, the passenger terminal was closed due to extensive damage caused by the typhoon:

Typhoon Ompong destroyed parts of the Tuguegarao Airport Passenger Terminal Building on Saturday. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Typhoon Ompong destroyed parts of the Tuguegarao Airport Passenger Terminal Building on Saturday. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Typhoon Ompong destroyed parts of the Tuguegarao Airport Passenger Terminal Building on Saturday. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Ompong has since weakened after it made landfall and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility before dawn Sunday.

-- with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News