MANILA – Two runways at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be temporarily closed for arriving flights to give way for the arrival of Pope Francis on January 15, 2015.
In a notice to airmen (NOTAM), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the NAIA primary runway 06/24 and secondary runway 13/31 will be closed for all arriving flights while departing flights will be allowed to operate from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on January 15.
A no-fly zone and no-air traffic will also be implemented at the Manila airport from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at 5:45 p.m.
The Daniel Z. Romualdez airport in Tacloban City will also be closed to all air traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 17 to give way to the aircraft that will carry the papal entourage.
Also on January 17, the NAIA runways will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 pm.
A no-fly zone will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. as the Pope is scheduled to leave via Philippine Airlines (PAL) on January 19.
The runway at the Tacloban airport is undergoing repairs, with about 1,800 meters expected to be completed by December 26, which is enough to accommodate single aisles jet aircraft like the Airbus A320 and Boeing B737.
The CAAP issued NOTAM CO910/14 on December 18 to lift aircraft restrictions, allowing commercial carriers to decide whether they can use bigger planes for Tacloban flights.
CAAP added that aircraft type restrictions at the Tacloban airport have been lifted and the Airbus A320 aircraft will be allowed to land at the airport starting December 26.