Tacloban flights to resume December 10
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Philippine Airlines said it hopes to normalize operations by noon, Tuesday (December 9), although 13 domestic flights are still cancelled.
The seven cancelled round-trip flights include:
Manila-Ozamiz-Manila flight 2P2889/2890;
The following six one-way flights will also not operate:
Manila-Cebu 2P2841 & 2P2845;
PAL said several aircraft that were ferried to seven other provincial stations to escape the strong winds brought by typhoon "Ruby" will be able to return to Manila starting 7 a.m., Tuesday.
However, these planes will still be repositioned for their flight assignments, causing the planned cancellations.
“The reason why it was cancelled is because dito sa mga areas na ito sa Mindanao sinecure ang mga eroplano. Under normal weather conditions, these aircraft flying to those routes would be flying but because it was secured, ito ang repositioning, ‘yung flight back to Manila pa lang,” PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna told dzMM Monday night.
Due to "Ruby," PAL had cancelled more than 110 flights, affecting 13,000 passengers. Passengers of cancelled flights may rebook for travel within 30 days from original flight date, with rebooking fees/charges waived.
If passenger is unable to rebook on the same fare class, rebooking on a higher booking class will be allowed, with fare difference also waived.
Meanwhile, PAL said its international flights, including those leaving December 8 for Los Angeles and San Francisco, will operate according to schedule.
Two trans-Pacific flights are also expected to arrive at 8 a.m., Tuesday.
PAL said flights to Tacloban are expected to resume December 10, Wednesday, using turboprop aircraft, as the airport and passenger terminal undergoes repairs.
Villaluna noted that six Tacloban flights that were earlier cancelled for that day have been reinstated. These are:
Flights to Tacloban for December 9 remain cancelled to allow for the unhampered relief operations to the city.
Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting Tacloban airport to military and general aviation operations from 6:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.