Laoag Airport closes due to quake-damaged runway

Aviation Updates Philippines – Laoag International Airport (ICAO: RPLI) has been closed since 7:27 am (UTC +8) on Wednesday due to the closure of its only runway.

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing of the suspension of landing and take-off operations on the airport's Runway 01/19.

The runway suffered cracks and damages caused by the recent earthquake; therefore, it would need to undergo inspection and repair. As of latest estimates, the closure will extend until October 27 at 10:00 pm.

National flag carrier Philippine Airlines announced today the temporary suspension of flights to Laoag until Thursday evening.

To give way for the repairs, PAL announced the cancellation of six flights from October 26-27.

October 26

  • PR2196 Manila - Laoag
  • PR2197 Laoag - Manila
  • PR1198 Manila - Laoag
  • PR1199 Laoag - Manila 

October 27

  • PR1196 Manila - Laoag
  • PR1197 Laoag - Manila

PAL passengers may opt for a rebook within 60 days from the date of travel, reroute within three days to an alternative destination, convert ticket value to a travel fund, and refund the cost of their ticket.

Affected guests may contact PAL for details of their flight.