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30 delayed flights have departed, arrived as NAIA 3 resumed normal operations

Connie Bungag
MIAA-PAO chief Connie Bungag after announcing that normal operations at the NAIA Terminal 3 have resumed. (JERRY S. TAN)

All the 30 flights that were delayed as a result of the power outage at the NAIA Terminal 3 on Friday have either departed or arrived in Manila on the evening of Saturday.

According to a flight status update sent at around 7 p.m. of September 17 (Saturday) by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) public affairs office chief Connie Bungag, three out of the four cancelled flights of Cebu Pacific stated in their earlier advisory, have departed for Caticlan, Cebu and Hong Kong. Only 5J-279 bound for Despansar has been rescheduled and departed Sunday.

Earlier on, the MIAA apologized to the Terminal 3 passengers and other airport stakeholders for the inconvenience brought about by a power interruption that began at about 11 p.m. Friday night until early morning of Saturday.

Bungag said the power outage disrupted airport operations as the airlines had to resort to manual check-in and loading of baggage while processing of passengers at immigration took longer than usual.

She added that the MIAA management, together with Meralco, conducted a joint probe to determine the cause of the problem which was traced to the Terminal 3 power substation.

As of 6 a.m. on Saturday, the electric power in all areas of the Terminal has been restored. A total of 16 international and 15 domestic flights were affected by the incident.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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