Clark Airport gears up for Tagaytay radar shutdown

CLARK, Pampanga — Authorities of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have ironed out contingency plans for the possible diversion of flights at the Clark International Airport (CRK) from March 6 to 11 due to the temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay radar for upgrading and maintenance.

CIAC president and CEO Alexander Cauguiran said the CRK is prepared in the event that some flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be diverted to CRK next week.

“Clark airport is ready should there be flight diversions and we are more than willing to help ease the discomfort of passengers affected by the diversion,” Cauguiran said, adding that CRK has ample aircraft parking slots, hotel accommodations, transportation services, and emergency and technical services.

Although two radars will remain operational during the maintenance of the Tagaytay radar, the latter’s temporary shutdown will result in a reduction of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Hilarion Ritche Nacpil, CRK Terminal Operations manager, said the airport can accommodate at least 33 aircrafts during the day and 26 aircrafts at night.

The upgrading of the Tagaytay radar will include a new technology called the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM), a system that ensures safer and more efficient air traffic flow.