Airlines race for recovery flights after ashfall woes

THE Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) on Tuesday suspended for the second day its daily maintenance activity, requiring the closure of the main international runway 06-24 to allow for the recovery flight operations to commence.

“Runway 06-24 undergoes derubberizing and degreasing everyday from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.,” said airport manager Ed Monreal.

A total of 516 flights were affected by the suspension of the main gateway’s operations starting at 6 p.m. last Sunday (January 12) to 9 a.m. Monday (January 13).  Of this, 283 are arriving flights while 233 account for departures.

Since the resumption of operations from 10 a.m., Monday until 7 a.m., Tuesday (January 14), 360 flights have already left and arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

“We began accepting recovery flights from 10pm last night to 4am this morning. We lifted the daily maintenance closure. We will do it again tonight until airlines are able to fully recover,” Monreal added.

The airport chief explained that Naia is back to operations with daily scheduled flights able to land and take off as expected.

Monreal appealed once more to passengers of affected flights to keep checking with the airlines or travel agents the status of their flight before peoceeding to the airport.

For updates, passengers may call the following Naia passenger information numbers:

■ Terminal 1 (88771-109 local 2181)

■ Terminal 2 (88771-109 local 2182)

■ Terminal 3 (88777-888 local 2183)

Terminal 4 (88771-109 local 2184)

MIAA SMS Hotline:

■ 0917-8396242

■ 0918-9186242

MIAA Hotline 88771-111, or check the MIAA Facebook Page and Twitter @MIAAGovPh.

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