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Cebu Pacific Cancels Flights to Tacloban Due to Runway Rehabilitation

Aviation Updates Philippines - Largest budget air carrier in the Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air, cancelled its domestic flights to Tacloban due to the ongoing runway rehabilitation in preparation for the upcoming Papal Visit in January next year. However, Cebu Pacific arranged additional flights from Cebu to Tacloban using its 72-seater ATR 72-500.

Cebu Pacific's ATR 72-500 taking off.
(PHOTO) Cebu Pacific Air

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines recently issued a Notice to Airmen or NOTAM to advise commercial airlines that the only usable length of the runway is 1,300 meters from December 17 to December 25, 2014. Turbo-prop aircraft such as the Bombardier Q400 and the ATR 72-500 are the only ones allowed to land due to runway limit.

The limited usable length of the runway forced Cebu Pacific to cancel its flights. The cancelled flights are the following: 5J 651/652: Manila-Tacloban-Manila, 5J 653/654: Manila-Tacloban-Manila, 5J 657/658: Manila-Tacloban-Manila, 5J 659/660: Manila-Tacloban-Manila and 5J 428/429: Cebu-Tacloban-Cebu.

In addition, Tigerair Philippines also cancelled its flights. The cancelled flights of the said airline are the following: DG 7042/7043 Manila-Tacloban-Manila, and DG 7044/7045 Manila-Tacloban-Manila.

However, passengers may rebook their flights within 30 days from original departure date, or request for a full travel fund or refund. The affected passengers may call +(632)7020888 or +(6332)2308888 (for Cebu Pacific passengers and Tigerair Philippines passengers) to specify their preferred option.

For affected passengers, Cebu Pacific arranged additional flights to and from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban.

Additional Flights added by Cebu Pacific

Effective on Dec 23 and 25 (Tuesday and Thursday)

           Flight No.                                    ETD       ETA

5J2922       Cebu-Tacloban                    1110H   1200H      
5J2923       Tacloban-Cebu                    1220H   1310H      
5J2924       Cebu-Tacloban                    1340H   1430H      
5J2925       Tacloban-Cebu                    1450H   1535H

Effective on Dec 22 to 24 (Daily)

5J2918       Cebu-Tacloban                    0545H   0635H
5J2919       Tacloban-Cebu                    0655H   0745H      

Effective on Dec 25

5J2916       Cebu-Tacloban                    0600H   0650H
5J2917       Tacloban-Cebu                    0710H   0800H      
5J2920       Cebu-Tacloban                    0740H   0830H      
5J2921       Tacloban-Cebu                    0850H   0940H      
5J2926       Cebu-Tacloban                    1520H   1610H      
5J2927       Tacloban-Cebu                    1630H   1720H

Tacloban Airport is now being prepared by the authorities as the Pontiff, Pope Francis, will visit the families of Super typhoon Yolanda's victims on January 17. The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport will be closed for all air traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. except aircraft that carries the papal entourage, while both runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. when his aircraft landed at NAIA from Tacloban.

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