The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced Saturday, October 31, that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) would be closed for 24 hours starting 10 am on Sunday, November 1, as Typhoon Rolly was expected to hit Metro Manila.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that all NAIA terminals would be shut as well.
Flight operations would resume on Monday, November 2 at 10 am. MIAA said that flights scheduled on Monday would be prioritized for take off.
Flights that were cancelled on Sunday "will be slotted in a way that would cause minimal delay in the passengers' travel plans," said MIAA. The airport authority added that affected passengers should coordinate with their carriers to avoid confusion.
Monreal also canceled the scheduled runway maintenance closure on Monday for recovery flights.
The decision was announced after a meeting with the Airline Operators Council, the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) NAIA station.
Earlier, PAGASA said that Metro Manila could be directly in the path of Typhoon Rolly (Goni) on Sunday, possibly bringing destructive winds. The typhoon accelerated and is now moving west southwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 15 km/h.
Current forecasts indicate that Rolly will exit mainland Luzon early Monday morning. – Rappler.com