PH airports affected by typhoon ‘Tisoy’ resume normal operations – CAAP

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2019   •   1023

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.

DOTr inaugurates upgraded Kalibo International Airport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr), along with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated the completed development of Kalibo International Airport (KIA) on Friday (June 4).

Dubbed as the gateway to the majestic Boracay Island, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the KIA will be able to accommodate more passengers and help boost the economy and tourism in Aklan.

Tugade said the airport’s International Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) now has the capacity to handle 406 passengers from the previous 344 passengers volume, while the Domestic PTB has a total of 400 passenger capacity.

He added that the finished upgrades can generate local employment. At least 236 local construction workers were employed during the expansion works of the KIA’s International PTB.

“Mas lumaki na ang covered exterior lobby para sa mga pasaherong pumipila sa labas ng terminal. Mas pinalaki na rin ang pre-departure area, upang komportableng makaupo ang mga kababayan nating nag-aabang ng kanilang flight. Mas malaki na rin ang space para sa Customs, Immigration at Pre-Screening ng mga pasahero. Mas pinalaki rin ang espasyo para sa airline check-in counters upang makatulong sa pag-cater sa mas maraming biyahero,” Tugade said.

(The covered exterior lobby was expanded for passengers queuing outside the terminal. The departure area was also extended to accommodate more passengers. There is also more space in Customs, Immigration, and Pre-Screening. The space for airline check-in counters has also been expanded to cater to more passengers)

The Kalibo International Airport is an integral part of the regional transport infrastructure development under the massive “Build, Build, Build” program. AAC

CAAP reports no serious damage caused by Typhoon Bising

Maris Federez   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday (April 18) reported that Typhoon Bising has not caused any serious damage in Regions 5, 8, and 12.

CAAP said that the aerodrome in Legazpi, Albay is on normal operations, with precautionary measures implemented days before typhoon landing in preparation of its effect.

Personnel reported for duty in accordance with their regular work schedule (on standby alert), while offices were secured and had been fortified with plywood.

CAAP added that airport employees were instructed to be on standby alert.

Meanwhile, the Airport Manager in Virac, Catanduanes reported that they have installed typhoon guards at the terminal building.

The report said that offices were secured and fortified with plywood and other available materials and that office equipment and documents were secured by personnel. They were also instructed to be on standby alert.

The airport management also said that NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was filed regarding the suspension of aerodrome operations due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In Region 8, CAAP stated that due to the strong crosswinds experienced by Tacloban, airport authorities have canceled all inbound and outbound flights.

In Region 12, CAAP said that Butuan, Siargao, and Surigao airports are under normal operations.

It added that, as of Sunday evening, there have been no reported flight cancellations as the weather in the region remains relatively fair.

Given the precautionary measures that the aforementioned airports have set up in preparation for Typhoon Bising, CAAP said they have not received any reported damage to airport facilities as of Sunday night.

CAAP said that it is continuously monitoring airport status per strict instructions from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and CAAP Director-General Jim Sydiongco. —/mbmf

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

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