By: AirTravellerPH Staff
These Philippine Airlines jets carried passengers to different domestic destinations but have remained parked there as Typhoon Tisoy (international codename Kammuri) battered the Bicol region and the Southern part of the Luzon area. Aside from the dangerous weather conditions prevailing in Manila, airlines were allowed to implement a preemptive aircraft evacuation from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna shared, "before Typhoon Tisoy ('Kammuri') hit Manila, our planes carried passengers to different parts of the country and have remained parked in the outlying station up until now (03Dec). This is our way of keeping them from harm's way."
For safety reasons, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced the suspension of operations in NAIA from 11:00am to 11:00pm today, December 3. Based on existing aviation safety regulations, airport operations are automatically suspended once surface wind speed reaches 65 knots. It was forecasted that Typhoon Tisoy packed wind speed of more than 120kph. Typhoon signal no. 3 was raised over Metro Manila.
PAL's preemptive evacuation of aircraft from NAIA are in accordance with aviation safety standards. All precautionary measures are undertaken to ensure the utmost safety of passengers, crew, and airport personnel.
"Soon, these workhorses will fly back to Manila carrying passengers, once weather clears," said Cielo Villaluna.
In the airline industry, the safety of all passengers, crew, personnel, and equipment are always paramount.
Attribution: Cielo Villaluna, PAL Spokesperson