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PAL flights to continue amid May 17 radar maintenance

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The country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), said it will strive to maintain normal flight schedules as the government carries out its corrective maintenance from 2 a.m.to 4 a.m. at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center on May 17, 2023, in order to replace the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and upgrade the air traffic management system (ATMS).

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said that PAL flights departing from Manila within the 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. period will be allowed to take off and land, utilizing one of the two Manila runways which will remain open for flight departures.

As a precaution, PAL worked with aviation authorities to put in place contingency plans in order to ensure that flight departures and arrivals within said period are supported with the necessary air navigation guidance for safety and operational efficiency.

“Possible flight delays are expected, given the restrictions. We recommend that passengers check the status of your flight by logging on to Flight status. A flight’s status is updated in real-time, and there is no need to call the PAL Contact Center to verify the information or their hotlines (+632) 8539-0000/(+632) 8855-8888 or Messenger: Messenger and their viber: search for Philippine Airlines,” Villaluna said.

Villaluna also encourages the traveling public to make sure that before proceeding to the airport, they check the status of their flights.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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