PH airports affected by typhoon ‘Tisoy’ resume normal operations – CAAP
Robie de Guzman • December 6, 2019 • 550
MANILA, Philippines – All airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) that were affected by the onslaught of typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri) last Tuesday resumed normal operations on Thursday.
CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco reported that area center managers in airports in the Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon have been sending positive updates on the resumption of commercial operations since December 3.
“Minor damages were already repaired bringing back immediate resumption of normal operations,” Sydiongco said in his report submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
He added that even the Legazpi Airport, which sustained major damage due to the typhoon, had resumed commercial operations on December 4, Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Sydiongco, together with CAAP’s chief engineer, the chief of the Air Traffic Service, and a team of aerodrome engineers from the CAAP Central Office, conducted an inspection of the Legazpi Airport and met with CAAP personnel and representatives from the Office of the Transportation Security (OTS), Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.
During their discussion, the officials determined that a full rehabilitation of the Legazpi Airport would take between 30 to 40 days as the pre-departure area was badly damaged by Tisoy.
He added that in order to accommodate full commercial operations while the rehabilitation is ongoing, the international arrival area of the Legazpi Airport has been converted into an interim pre-departure area.
Based on evaluation made by the engineers, the damaged areas of the airport can be repaired and made operational by Monday, December 9.
“We are aiming that through this interim measure, the passenger terminal building (PTB) still can and will be able to accommodate 400 passengers at any given time in case PAL and Cebu Pacific operate at the same time,” Sydiongco said.
In terms of security at the Legazpi Aiport, Sydiongco said the OTS has agreed to do a manual inspection as only one X-ray machine is operational.
To support the OTS personnel, the CAAP official said they will be augmenting its landside and airside security personnel.
As of Wednesday, December 4, the airport was restored to its capacity as a night-rated airport, he said.
Meanwhile, the Calbayog Airport in Eastern Visayas, which was also hit by Tisoy, has resumed full operation after the reinstallation of all markers and wind cones.
Sydiongco said debris from the airport’s passenger terminal, the fire station, and at the vertical path angle were removed by the airport firefighters, maintenance and security personnel.
“In fact, a CebGo flight from Mactan was able to successfully land in the airport on December 3,” he noted.
Todong paghahanda ang ginagawa ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) para sa inaasahang pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga paliparan sa Western Visayas sa June 16.
Kasabay ng pagbubukas ng mga paliparan, papayagan na rin ang commercial flights bagama’t limitado lang ang kapasidad nito.
Ngayong Lunes, nagsagawa ng simulation ang CAAP sa Roxas Airport sa Capiz para sa mga bagong protocol na ipatutupad sa paliparan.
Kabilang na dito ang pag-check sa temperature ng lahat ng papasok sa pasilidad; pagsusuot ng face mask, pagpapatupad ng physical distancing at malimit na disinfection upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Magpapatupad rin ng non-contact system para sa security check; at maglalagay ng decontamination areas, hand-washing spaces at foot baths sa airport terminals at parking areas.
Kahalintulad na hakbang rin ang planong ipatupad sa Godofredo P. Ramos Airport sa Aklan, Evelio Javier Airport sa Antique, at sa Iloilo International Airport.
Sa Bacolod-Silay Airport naman, ilang thermal scanners na ang inilagay upang mas mabilis ang pagkuha ng temperatura sa mga pasahero.
Gagawin ring regulated ang flights upang maiwasan ang crowding o pagdagsa ng mga pasahero sa airport terminals.
Ayon sa CAAP, isang simulation rin ang isasagawa nila bukas ng umaga sa Kalibo International Airport.
Sinabi ng ahensya na ang bagong prosesong ito ay upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng COVID-19 cases lalo na at inaasahan ang paguwi ng maraming overseas Filipino workers na sumailalim sa quarantine pati na ng mga residenteng inabutan ng community quarantine sa ibang lugar.
Simula noong June 1, nasa ilalim na ng modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) ang ilang lugar sa Western Visayas, kabilang na ang Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental at Bacolod City.
Sa ilalim ng MGCQ, pinapayagan na ang pagbubukas ng mas maraming negosyo at opisina ngunit limitado lamang ang operasyon at workforce at dapat ay nakakasunod sa minimum helath standards na itinakda ng pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)
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