Weekend flight delays at NAIA due to lightning threat: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2019 07:12 AM

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Dozens of flights were delayed or diverted from the country's main airport this weekend due to a red lightning advisory, its manager said Monday. 

The alert, which means that the airport was in "imminent danger" of lightning strikes, was raised at 6 p.m. Sunday and prompted the suspension of ramp operations for around 2 hours, said Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal. 

"Halos parang sarado ang ating airport for that matter because hindi nga tayo pwedeng kumilos. Noong nagbukas, nagkapatong-patong po iyung flights," he told radio DZMM. 

(Our airport was almost closed for that matter because we can't move. When it opened, the flights piled up.) 

Seven flights were diverted to Pampanga province's airport while 54 flights were delayed on Sunday, MIAA records showed. 

Operations at all terminals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were "manageable" on Monday morning, said Monreal. 

With a report from Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News