MANILA - (UPDATE) The Philippine capital's airport reopened at 6 p.m. Tuesday to allow airlines to bring in planes evacuated earlier due to the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.
Ed Monreal, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager, said the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be able to accommodate all scheduled flights starting at 11 p.m.
He advised passengers, however, to contact their airlines and confirm the status of their flights before coming to NAIA.
"Kami po ay nakikiusap sa lahat ng pasahero, bago sila pumunta sa paliparan ay confirmed ang booking nila," Monreal said.
(We appeal to passengers, before you come to the airport, confirm your booking first.)
Monreal said local carriers Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia can bring in their planes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. so that they can resume normal operations.
Airport authorities expect a total of 53 planes from the three main local carriers to arrive between 6 to 11 p.m.
NAIA will also be accommodating planes from foreign carriers from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday so these airlines can also mount their scheduled flights.
The airport's runways have been inspected and cleared of debris, Monreal said, and airline check-in counters have been opened.
NAIA was closed earlier and all aircraft were evacuated from the facility to prevent them from getting damaged by strong winds brought by Tisoy.
MIAA said it will suspend the regular 2-hour runway maintenance for 2 to 3 days to allow airlines to mount recovery flights so they can get back on their normal schedules.
PAL and Cebu Pacific are planning to mount recovery flights.
Both airlines also assured passengers on canceled flights that they will be transferred to the next available flight schedules.
The airlines said passengers may opt to rebook flights within 30 days from the original travel date without additional cost, or refund their tickets in full.
- With a report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News