MANILA - The Bacolod-Silay Airport’s runway 03/21 will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 9, to give way to a full-scale emergency exercise to be held during that period.
“This is a requirement for the airport’s aerodrome certification, a certification for its navigational equipment," Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesperson, Eric Apolonio, said yesterday.
The CAAP said flights that may be delayed due to the runway’s closure included that of Philippine Airlines 2331/2332 Clark-Bacolod-Clark and 2131/2132 Manila-Bacolod/Manila; and Cebu Pacific’s (5J) 484 Bacolod-Manila, 5J 125 Bacolod-Cebu, and 5J 486 Manila-Bacolod.
Meanwhile, PAL will cancel a number of its domestic and international flights from Nov. 14 to 19 in response to the government’s call to reduce the number of flights while the CAAP works on an enhanced air navigational system.
Apolonio said the request was addressed to all airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“Flights from Nov. 15 to 20 will be affected by this request. NAIA caters to 40 flights per hour. With the reduction of flights, at least four arrival flights will be canceled per hour," he said.
PAL’s canceled domestic flights include PR 2131/2132 Manila-Bacolod-Manila, PR 2145/2146 Manila-Iloilo-Manila, and PR 2880 Cebu-Manila on Nov. 15; 2545/2546 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila, 2521/2522 Manila-Cagayan de Oro-Manila, and 2143/2144 Manila-Iloilo-Manila on Nov. 15-18;
PR 2545/2546 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila, 2133/2134 Manila-Bacolod-Manila, 2143/2144 Manila-Iloilo-Manila, and PR 2145/2146 Manila-Iloilo-Manila on Nov. 16; 2135/2136 Manila-Bacolod-Manila on Nov. 17-18; PR 2545 /2546 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila, 2133/2134 Manila-Bacolod-Manila, and 2145/2146 Manila-Iloilo-Manila Nov. 17-19; and 2137/2138 Manila-Bacolod–Manila on Nov. 19.
Passengers may opt to rebook, reroute, or refund their tickets.
The Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system is expected to enhance the safety and efficiency of air traffic, airport authorities said. The system would enable a more definite aircraft identification and better airspace management.*PNA
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