FLIGHT operations at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) began to normalise today in the wake of typhoon Trami, which pummelled Luzon and other areas on Sunday afternoon and disrupted air travel.
Today, 13 Philippine Airlines (PAL) and two PAL Express flights from Terminals 2 and 3 have been cancelled, while another six PAL Express flights were diverted to Clark. Airport authorities said flights from Terminal 1, which handles the bulk of international air traffic in Manila, and Terminal 4, would proceed as per normal.
Other than PAL, no other cancellations were noted as of noon although passengers were advised to expect delays.
NAIA had suffered major disruption on Tuesday, when a total of 167 arrivals and departures at Terminals 2, 3 and 4 were cancelled as heavy rain flooded the runway and ramp operations had to be suspended.
Philippine Airlines scrapped evening flights to Melbourne, Denpasar, as well as PAL Express afternoon flights to Cagayan, Puerto Princesa, and Tacloban. Terminal 1’s international flights were delayed but not cancelled.
The disruption had begun on Monday with the cancellation of domestic services and delayed incoming flights, reported NAIA general manager, Jose Angel Honrado. Airport officials have tallied Monday and Tuesday’s flight cancellations to 197.
Local carriers Cebu Pacific, PAL, PAL Express and Tigerair Philippines are waiving rebooking fees for disrupted flights between August 19 and 21, subject to conditions that vary according to airline.