Dipolog Airport resumes operations after removal of Cebu Pacific plane
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Dipolog Airport in Zamboanga del Norte resumed operations on Thursday, February 15, a day after its closure due to a Cebu Pacific plane.
The Cebu Pacific plane had encountered technical difficulties on the runway on Wednesday, February 14.
"On or about 12:15 pm... Cebgo Flight DG 6603 Cebu-Dipolog developed technical difficulties upon landing at the Dipolog Airport," Cebu Pacific said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The pilots detected unusual vibrations from the nose landing gear of the aircraft during the landing rollout. As a safety precaution, the aircraft stopped on the runway where all passengers were deplaned from the runway and then guided to the terminal building."
The airline said the flight was carrying 60 passengers and "all are safe and accounted for."
In a separate statement on Thursday, Cebu Pacific announced the airport's resumption of operations, saying its plane had been removed at 9:30 pm on Wednesday.
Flights to and from Dipolog City for Wednesday had been canceled, including:
- 5J 703 Manila-Dipolog
- 5J 704 Dipolog-Manila
- DG 6604 Dipolog-Cebu
Cebu Pacific said additional flights have already been mounted on Thursday for the affected passengers.
"All passengers were also given a free travel voucher to compensate for the inconvenience," the airline added.
Cebu Pacific earlier offered affected passengers the following options:
- Rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from the original departure date.
- Reroute to alternate stations.
- Get a full refund.
- Place the value of the ticket in a travel fund.