Several flights diverted to Clark over thunderstorms in Manila

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Monday said multiple flights originally set to land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were diverted to the nearby Clark International Airport due to thunderstorms.

According to Flight Advisory No. 1 as of 6:30 PM, the MIAA released the list of diverted flights comprising of six domestic and three international flights.

AirAsia Philippines (Z2)
Z2 224 Caticlan-Manila
Z2 328 Tacloban-Manila

T6 143 El Nido-Manila
T6 149 El Nido-Manila

PAL Express (2P)
2P 2046 Caticlan-Manila

Cebu Pacific (5J)
5J 658 Tacloban-Manila
Cebu Pacific (5J)
5J 5039 Nagoya-Manila

Philippine Airlines (PR)
PR 101 Honolulu-Manila

Singapore Airlines (SQ)
SQ916 Singapore-Manila

MIAA Airport Ground Operations and Safety Division (AGOSD) issued a red lightning alert at 4:21 PM, halting all ground movement at the aerodrome. The issuance of the alert also prohibited take-off while only allowing landings.

“This alert is a safety measure taken to prevent untoward incidents from happening when lightning is prevalent in the immediate area and may endanger personnel, passengers, and even flight operations,” the MIAA said.

The airport eventually lowered the alert level to yellow at 6:10 PM, allowing the resumption of flight and ground operations at NAIA.

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