NAIA operations to be suspended due to Typhoon Tisoy
Operations at all Ninoy Aquino International Airports (NAIA) terminals will be suspended from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm today (Dec. 3) due to the expected onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.
In an advisory, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said flight suspension was deemed prudent and necessary due to the expected strong winds as the typhoon nears Manila.
“Note that according to existing regulation, once the surface wind strength reached 65 knots as indicated in the anemometer, airport operations are automatically suspended,” the DOTr said.
“This precaution is meant to ensure utmost safety for all, especially the riding public,” it said.
“In fact, there were instances when airport operations need to be suspended when crosswind reaches 40 knots, or once the surface wind becomes disruptive for continuous operation vis-a- vis aircraft type, length of runway, among others,” it added.
The DOTr said, once flight operations resume, priority will be given to scheduled flights. Recovery flights will be accommodated on a “first come, first served” basis.
For an orderly succession of flights, recovery flights must have prior approval from the Manila International Airport Auhtority (MIAA).
Regular runway maintenance (1:30-3:30 am) shall likewise be suspended for three more days after resumption of flights to give way to recovery flights.
To ensure safety, MIAA general manager Ed Monreal appealed to air passengers to just stay in their homes and avoid going to the airport as terminals will be closed.
Monreal likewise advised affected passengers to closely coordinate with their airline carriers.