Closure of Iloilo airport runway extended due to bad weather


Posted at Oct 16 2017 01:13 AM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has extended the closure of the runway of Iloilo International Airport after a Cebu Pacific aircraft veered off the tarmac Friday night.

The closure of the runway is extended until 5 a.m. Monday, October 16.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said "inclement weather has hampered efforts to remove the damaged aircraft" from the runway.

As a result, some domestic and international flights of Cebu Pacific to and from Iloilo province were cancelled, the airline announced Sunday.

The affected Cebu Pacific flights are: 

Oct. 15, 2017

-5J 467 Manila-Iloilo

Oct. 16, 2017 

-5J 468 Iloilo-Manila 
-5J 242 Iloilo-Hong Kong
-5J 243 Hong Kong-Iloilo

Cebu Pacific said customers on these flights may rebook their flights within 30 days, reroute to alternate stations, or opt for a full refund or travel fund.

All affected passengers will be entitled to a free one-way travel voucher.

Late Friday night, Flight 5J 461 flew from Ninoy Aquino International Airport but failed to stop when it landed in Iloilo. The aircraft carrying 180 passengers and six crew members overshot the runway and ended up on the grassy field. All were safe.