NAIA operations to 'normalize' in next 2 days: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2019 12:07 PM

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MANILA - Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are expected to return to normal in the next two days, an official said Wednesday, after some 480 flights were affected by its 7-hour shutdown due to Typhoon Tisoy.

Some 153 flights, of which 121 were arrivals and 32 were departures, were mounted in the country's main gateway since it reopened at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to Ed Monreal, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

"We will try our best, hopefully in the next 2 days mag-normalize na (it will normalize), in the sense na wala nang additional flights na iooperate (that there won't be additional flights to operate)," he told radio DZMM.

MIAA is "coordinating closely" with the airlines to accommodate their additional or recovery flights, he added.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was closed at 11 a.m. Tuesday to protect aircraft from anticipated "destructive" winds of the country's strongest storm so far this year.

MIAA earlier said it would 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.