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12-hour NAIA closure today


In anticipation of the possible onslaught of Typhoon "Tisoy" (Kammuri), all the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be closed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, its management announced last night.

"I will accept if people (would) say we made a wrong decision. I will accept if people would say we are overreacting. I will not risk the people's lives," said Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal in a press briefing.

He urged the airlines to lessen the burden of their passengers, and announce flight schedules early.

More than 100 domestic and international flights were canceled as of yesterday afternoon. Majority of these are domestic flights.

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have already canceled a number of their flights supposedly scheduled for today and tomorrow.

AirAsia Philippines, on the other hand, has re-scheduled a number of its flights set on Tuesday.

Monreal said that upon the resumption of airport operations, priority will be given to flights that were originally scheduled from 11 p.m. onwards.

Then recovery flights will be accommodated, he added.

Monreal said this is the second time he would close the airport due to weather disruption. The first time was in December 2016, he said.*PNA


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