Jets allowed at Tacloban airport again May 6
MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) lifted the notice to airmen (NOTAM) at the Daniel Z Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City effective 7 am on Wednesday, May 6.
The announcement was made 4 days earlier than its originally scheduled lifting that was supposed to take place on Sunday, May 10.
This means that single-aisle jets are now cleared to operate at the airport.
Prior runway limitations only allowed turbo propeller-driven aircraft to land.
“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 Airbus A320 or Boeing B737 to operate at the airport,” said CAAP Director General William K Hotchkiss lll.
PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Air, and AirAsia operated single-aisle jets at the Tacloban airport prior to the runway rehabilitation.
The CAAP advisory said daily airport operations starting from 5 am to 9 pm allow bigger aircraft to mount flights that bring in more passengers per flight.
The recent round of runway repair was the third for the airport. The first was from September to mid-December 2014, when 1,400 meters were paved. The second round was from February 9 to April 13, for the resurfacing of 300 meters.
Jet flights were not disrupted on the second phase since the work was concentrated on the northernmost tip of the runway.
The airport damage was largely caused by submersion of runway to seawater and frequent use of big aircraft during the post-Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) emergency phase.
The Tacloban airport has 14 inbound and 14 outbound flights daily from and to Manila or Cebu. Of the 14 aircrafts, 12 are Airbuses and only two are turbo propeller planes. – Rappler.com