The Clark International Airport (CRK) has accommodated 28 international and domestic flights after the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) suffered a 5-inch deep crack on Monday (July 18, 2016).
Various foreign and local carriers started arriving at Clark Airport at about nine o’clock in the morning after Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Manila issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to the CAAP Clark Tower for the repair of the damage portion of the runway 06/24 until it was declared by late afternoon closed to all air traffic for emergency repairs, prompting airport authorities to divert 28 flights at Clark Airport
By 10:45 pm, the NAIA runway was opened to air traffic following the completion of the repair. Several air carriers departed Clark to return to Manila. Other airlines opted to disembark their passengers at Clark that were provided with Bus transportation to Manila.
All of the diverted flights at Clark have returned to Manila early Tuesday morning.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III was on hand Monday night assisting thousands of disembarking passengers at the Clark Airport Passenger Terminal Building.
He said that the situation at Clark was normal despite the emergency diverted flights from Manila and CIAC did everything in coordination with airlines to assist the needs of the passengers.
Meanwhile, Leandro Aranas, manager of the CIAC Terminal Operations said that regular flights at Clark Airport were not affected by the diverted Manila flights.
“All regular flights were not affected, no cancellation and delay.” He stressed.
“We understand the predicament of the passengers, we did our best to provide them the utmost care,” he added.
Among the diverted flights were from Airphil, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific, Air Juan, Asian Aerospace, Emirates, Saudia Airlines, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airline, and Oman Air.
The Clark International Airport is located within the 2,367 hectare Civil Aviation Complex with a 3.2 parallel kilometer runway built by the United States Air Force military until they pulled out of Clark in 1991.