Tacloban airport closed to private jets
MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a memorandum circular, barring private jets from using the airport in Tacloban City, one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan).
CAAP deputy director general Capt. John Andrews said that starting Wednesday, November 13, only flights carrying relief goods and equipment, military flights and commercial flights using turboprop planes will be allowed to land at the airport.
"It's negative for private jets," Andrews told Rappler in a text message when asked to confirm the order.
Andrews issued the memorandum, arguing that even President Benigno Aquino III boarded a PAL Express Q400 flight, not a private jet, when he inspected airports severely damaged by Yolanda Sunday.
But the airport in Tacloban can only accommodate small planes as its passenger terminal building, communication facilities, tower and radar equipment were totally damaged by the typhoon. – Rappler.com