By: AirTravellerPH Staff
In a joint statement, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have announced that all flights inbound and outbound Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) remain suspended until further notice. This was after the authorities have initially announced that the NAIA will be closed from 7:00pm to 11:00pm due to the ashfall in Metro Manila brought by Taal Volcano phreatic eruption.
In a briefing to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, MIAA chief Ed Monreal and CAAP director general Capt. Jim Sydiongco were instructed to do whatever is necessary in the interest of public safety.
CAAP has announced that the suspension will be in effect until further notice. Capt Sydiongco has also been monitoring the track of the ash cloud through the Volcanic Advisory Center of Japan.
On the other hand, MIAA's Ed Monreal reported that NAIA runways and ramps have ash accumulation. A joint assessment with the CAAP will be done early tomorrow morning.
Monreal has appealed to passengers not to proceed to the NAIA and to check the status of their respective flights directly with their airlines. He also advised to shut down some of the air handling units to avoid ash ingestion. MIAA firetrucks are on standby for runway cleaning.
Both the CAAP and MIAA have appealed to the airlines to attend to their passengers and to have ground staff ready to provide assistance.