Tacloban Airport reopens to jet operations after runway rehabilitation

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has reopened the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban for jet operations. The four-month runway rehabilitation project, which addressed pothole damage, is now complete.

Ramp of Tacloban Airport. Photo by Renz Bulseco.

The airport can now accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus A320-200 and the Boeing 737-800, commonly used by Tigerair Philippines, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine Airlines.

William K Hotchkiss III, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said:

As of 4 p.m. Monday, 22 December 2014, the Tacloban airport runway reverts back to AIP Philippines (Aeronautical Information Publication), lifting the Notam and opening the 2138 x 45 meter runway to single-aisle jet aircraft like A320 or B737 to operate at the airport.

During the closure, CAAP worked with all affected airlines to temporarily modify their routes and aircraft choices. PAL Express Flight 2P 1987, an Airbus A320-200 from Manila, was the first jet to land at the reopened Tacloban airport, carrying 153 passengers and an infant.

Cebu Pacific has announced that it will reinstate its Manila-Tacloban flights using Airbus A320-200 aircraft as of December 24-25, 2014. Passengers with existing bookings can rebook onto these flights without additional charges. Contact Cebu Pacific for rebooking or visit their ticket offices.

The timely completion of the runway rehabilitation is particularly significant given Pope Francis' scheduled visit to Tacloban on January 17th. The Pope will lunch with victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda at the Archbishop's Residence in Palo, Leyte.