BRACING for a typhoon looming as the most powerful to hit the country this year, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) placed all airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on red alert.
MIAA general manager Eddie V. Monreal yesterday said officials of the Airline Operators Council (AOC) were told all NAIA terminals and aerodrome will be closed in anticipation of typhoon Ompong (International codename: Mangkhut).
Monreal urged the AOC officials to submit their advance advisories regarding their plans of flight cancellations or delayed flights so they can disseminate the information to all passengers and employees.
“Passengers’ Bill of Rights will be strictly implemented during the closure of the airport,” Monreal said.
He also asked AOC to coordinate with them in advance if they will conduct “recovery flights.”
PAL FLIGHTS CANCELLED
IN view of the existing current path and strength of Typhoon Ompong, Philippine Airlines yesterday cancelled the following flights originally scheduled September 14 (Friday) - September 15 (Saturday):
SEPTEMBER 14 CANCELLATIONS
1. PR2688 Clark - Basco 2. PR2689 Basco - Clark 3. PR2614 Clark - Tuguegarao 4. PR2615 Tuguegarao -Clark
SEPTEMBER 15 CANCELLATIONS
1. PR2196 Manila - Laoag 2. PR2197 Laoag - Manila 3. PR2198 Manila - Laoag 4. PR2199 Laoag - Manila 5. PR2688 Clark - Basco 6. PR2689 Basco -Clark 7. PR2614 Clark - Tuguegarao 8. PR2615 Tuguegarao - Clark
“We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates should other routes be affected,” PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna, said.
PAL said heavy rains are expected in Northern and Central Luzon as well as the National Capital Region throughout the weekend until Monday.
“We encourage passengers to check the status of their flights within 48 hours to flight departure by logging on to www.philippineairlines.com’s flight status page or by downloading the PAL Mobile App. You may also check flight status by calling PAL hotline (02) (+632) 855 8888 or by visiting the nearest PAL ticketing office or partner travel agent,” Villaluna further said.
PAL added that affected passengers (with contact details on their PNRs or Passenger Name Records) shall receive notifications on their flight’s cancellations via email and/or call-out and/or SMS/text message.
Passengers of cancelled flights may rebook within 30 days from original travel date, with rebooking service fees waived. Other options include flight rerouting and refunding of ticket cost.