CAAP suspends Tacloban flights during Papal visit


Posted at Dec 14 2014 02:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2014 10:07 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Airlines (PAL) advised passengers flying to and from Tacloban on January 17 to rebook their tickets due to Pope Francis’ visit there.

In an advisory, the flag carrier said this is due to an order from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) suspending all airline operations in Tacloban on January 17 for security reasons.

Passengers with tickets to Tacloban on Jan. 17 are advised to call PAL Reservations (02-855-8888) for rebooking or refund. Affected passengers will be accommodated on the next available flights.

PAL is the official papal carrier and will bring Pope Francis to Tacloban, where he is set to visit victims of typhoons Yolanda and Ruby.

PAL will also fly the Roman Pontiff directly to Rome, non-stop, at the end of his four-day visit to the Philippines, which will begin in the afternoon of January 15.

The regulator earlier ordered a no-fly zone in all venues where Pope Francis will visit in January next year.

The no-fly zone covers a two-nautical mile radius and 18,000-feet vertical distance, CAAP deputy director general Rodante Joya said.

Violators of the no-fly zone face a penalty of P300,000 to P500,000.

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