NAIA flights diverted to other airports
Almost 22 international and domestic flights bound for Manila were diverted on Saturday, due to poor visibility, to other airports in Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark and Cebu International Airport. There were also some flights diverted in iloilo in a statement made by Philippine Air lines.
“The almost zero visibility” at the NAIA was blamed to the thick haze – normally a result of air pollution, that came too close to the ground, about one kilometer, causing the pilots to miss the runway, Lito Casual, technical assistant of CAAP, said in an interview. He also added that airplanes are only allowed to land on airport with a three or four kilometer visibility.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) clarified that the incident had nothing to do with the failure of navigational system that was reported last month.
8 PAL flights, one Royal Brunei flight, 2 Jetstar flights, 2 Air Philippines flights, 4 Zestair flights, one KLM flight, one Sea Air flight, 4 Cebu Pacific flights, 2 China Air flights, and one from Air Micronesia were some of the aircrafts that were diverted in Diosdado International Airport.
Despite the diversion, no flight would be canceled, adding that airport authorities are just waiting for the skies to clear up. For flight inquiries, Manila International Airport Authority can be reached through the following numbers: 854-0015 and 877-1109.