Clark airport accommodated 28 Manila flights

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga — Clark International Airport (CRK) accommodated on Monday 28 international and domestic flights after the main runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was temporarily closed for repair due to a crack in its asphalt overlay.

Various foreign and local carriers started arriving at Clark Airport at about 9 a.m. Monday after Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Manila issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) to the CAAP Clark Tower for the repair of the five-inch deep damage portion of the runway 06/24 until it was declared by late afternoon closed to all air traffic for emergency repairs, prompting airport authorities to divert 28 flights at Clark Airport.

By 10:45 p.m. Monday, the NAIA runway was opened to air traffic following the completion of the repair.

Some air carriers departed Clark to return to Manila while other airlines opted to disembark their passengers at Clark that were provided with bus transportation to Manila.

All of the diverted flights at Clark airport have returned to Manila on early Tuesday morning.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III was on hand Monday night assisting thousands of disembarking passengers at the Clark Airport Passenger Terminal Building.

He said the situation at Clark was normal despite the emergency diverted flights from Manila and CIAC did everything in coordination with airlines to assist the needs of the passengers.

Meanwhile, Leandro Aranas, manager of the CIAC Terminal Operations, said regular flights at Clark Airport were not affected by the diverted Manila flights.

“All regular flights were not affected, no cancellation and delay. We understand the predicament of the passengers, we did our best to provide them the utmost care,” Aranas said.

Among the diverted flights were from Airphil, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific, Air Juan, Asian Aerospace, Emirates, Saudia Airlines, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airline and Oman Air.

The Clark International Airport is located within the 2,367-hectare Civil Aviation Complex with a 3.2 parallel kilometer runway built by the United States Air Force military until they pulled out of Clark in 1991. PNA/
He said that from July 1 to July 19 this year, 596 persons were arrested in actual anti-drug operations, 60 were killed and “shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride weighing 701 grams and marijuana with a weight of 27 grams were seized.

In addition to this, Aquino said, there were 14 high powered firearms, 59 low powered firearms, two hand grenades and ammunition confiscated.

“We continue to intensify the conduct of operations against illegal drugs personalities and drug syndicates in line with the PNP NHQ’s directives and we will have no let-up in eradicating illegal drugs in the region,” he added. PNA/