CAAP: 3 major airlines commit to aid evacuation of Filipinos from Middle East

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2020   •   673

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday that three airlines in the country have pledged their commitment to provide aid to Filipino workers in the Middle East who may be repatriated should tensions escalate between the United States and Iran.

In a statement, CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco identified these airlines as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia.

“Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have agreed to accommodate free of charge stranded Filipinos in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) or in any of its available Middle East flights, once the plans for the repatriation has been outlined. Air Asia on the other hand has agreed to the possible allocation and free accommodation of repatriated Filipinos that need to go back to their respective provinces in their domestic flights,” Sydiongco said.

CAAP said the airlines made the commitment after they met with officials from the Department of National Defense, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Transportation to draft plans for the possible evacuation of Filipinos affected by the current US-Iran tension.

The same meeting also mapped-out actions currently being undertaken by concerned government agencies, as well as future strategies that the government will initiate should the events in the Middle East escalate, in order to secure the safety of Filipinos there.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, said the air sector guarantees the swift and effective implementation of the repatriation plan.

“When needed, our aviation sector, and the whole of DOTr, will fully support the government’s efforts in this repatriation. We will ensure that there will be no delays in getting our OFWs home and safe,” Tugade said.

CAAP likewise expressed readiness to comply with the government’s requirements to facilitate air movement.

“CAAP will be doing its part and will be more than willing to support air operations that will ensure the safety of the Filipino people in this crucial time,” Sydiongco said.

Bicol region airports hit by Typhoon Rolly undergoing repairs — DOTr

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020

Airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in the Bicol region are undergoing repairs after being hit by Typhoon Rolly, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Cynthia Tumanut, area manager of CAAP Area Center 5, reported that communication lines at airports operated by the CAAP in the Bicol region have been restored.

Based on the agency’s situational report, Virac Airport’s electric power and mobile and internet signal has also been restored on Tuesday (November 3) and is now operating from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The airport is catering to military and humanitarian flights from both the public and private sectors.

The Catanduanes province, meanwhile, has requested for a 2-week suspension of Cebu Pacific flights to Virac while the province recuperates from the typhoon’s onslaught.

CAAP airports that were critically damaged, especially in Area 5, are also undergoing assessment and processing of reports for GSIS insurance claims. AAC

Typhoon Rolly damage in Naga Airport pegged at P5.5 million, CAAP says

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several airports in the Bicol region have sustained damage due to the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Monday.

In its latest report, CAAP said Naga Airport’s passenger terminal building, fire station building, administration building, and vehicular parking area sustained serious damage estimated at P5.5 million.

“The damage was mostly in the form of dismantled ceilings and blown away roofing and window panels caused by the strong winds of Typhoon Rolly,” CAAP said.

Flights in the airport have commenced at 7:45 a.m. Monday after it was suspended on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m.

Legazpi Airport was also reported to have sustained minimal damage in its ceiling boards and runway lights in the passenger terminal building, according to CAAP.

Bicol International Airport also reported damage to glass wall panels at the second floor of its passenger terminal building; Sangley Airport with damage at glass windows in the hangar and two spans of old CHB fence collapsed at general aviation area; and Marinduque Airport where breakwaters at Runway 16 Runway End Safety Area (RESA) collapsed due to storm surges.

“As early as Friday, October 30, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Airports have secured its powerplant and runway equipment, boarded its facilities, coordinated with the local DRRMC offices, and has activated its procedures for typhoon disaster response as per instructions from DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade,” CAAP said.

“At present, CAAP airport managers are still on high alert and are closely monitoring and conducting inspections at their respective airports,” it added.

LIST: Airports allowed to resume commercial flights as of July 19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 32 airports in the country have received clearance from their respective local government units (LGUs) to resume commercial flight operations as of Sunday (July 19).

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reminds travelers, however, some airports, while allowed to open for commercial flights, are still subject to different documentary and passenger restrictions set by the LGUs.

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