CAAP closes Tacloban Airport for emergency repairs


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Wednesday temporarily suspended flight operations at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban due to emergency runway repairs for three hours.

Based on the latest Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), the closure of Tacloban’s Runway 18/36 is set on April 3 from 1:05 PM until 4:00 PM (estimated) for emergency asphalt repairs.

As a result of the closure, Cebu Pacific announced the cancellation of several flights to and from Tacloban.

The low-cost carrier cancelled the following flights on Wednesday, April 3:

  • 5J 651/652: Manila – Tacloban – Manila
  • 5J 653/654: Manila – Tacloban – Manila
  • 5J 655/656: Manila – Tacloban – Manila
  • 5J 659/660: Manila – Tacloban – Manila
  • DG 6579/6580: Cebu – Tacloban – Cebu
  • 5J 657/658: Manila – Tacloban – Manila

Additionally, Cebu Pacific has also extended the flight cancellations going into Thursday, April 4:

  • DG 6569/6570: Cebu – Tacloban – Cebu
  • 5J 649/650: Manila – Tacloban – Manila
  • 5J 2901/2902: Manila – Tacloban – Manila

According to Cebu Pacific, affected passengers on these cancelled flights may opt to rebook free of charge, to store ticket value in a travel fund, or to request for a full refund.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. CEB is working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines regarding this matter,” said Cebu Pacific in a travel advisory.

Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines (PAL) has also announced the cancellation of its flights to Tacloban. The following flights are cancelled on April 3:

  • 2P2987/2988 MNL-TAC-MNL
  • 2P4985/4986 MNL-TAC-MNL
  • 2P2238/2239 CEB-TAC-CEB

Similarly, affected PAL passengers may contact the airline for rerouting, converting of ticket to travel credits, or issuing of full refund.

Airlines are advising passengers to view their flight’s status before proceeding to the airport.

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