MANILA – All airports in the country are ready to accommodate passengers whose flights have been affected by Typhoon Ruby, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Monday.
“As of now, all of our airports are back to normal operations, although mayroon lang ibang airports with some damages,” CAAP deputy director for operations General Joy Joya told ANC.
Joya said that while there were minor damages in the passenger terminal buildings of the Tacloban and Catarman airports, the navigational instruments of the airports are all intact.
“Our airport personnel were able to secure essential instruments for runway operations, that’s why we were able to minimize damages,” he said.
Joya noted, however, that some of the provincial airports are running on generators due to damaged power lines in the Visayas region.
He asked for the public’s understanding as CAAP personnel conduct repairs in the damaged terminal buildings.
“We would like to request for the indulgence of our passengers na baka kulang ang upuan at habang nandoon sila ay simultaneous ang ating emergency repairs. Hindi naman natin pwede ihinto ang operations hanggang ma-repair dahil magpa-Pasko pa naman, continuous ang travel ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Several domestic and international flights were cancelled over the weekend and on Monday as the typhoon moved across Central Visayas and Southern Luzon.
Joya urged commercial airlines to arrange re-bookings of the affected passengers manually if they have to do, as several areas are still without power and thus have no access to online bookings.