At least seven commercial aircrafts of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Zest Air were diverted early morning yesterday (Friday) at Clark International Airport in Pampanga due to bad weather in Metro Manila brought about by Typhoon Butchoy. (international name: Nepartak)
As of this time, several and domestic flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have remained suspended due to bad weather brought about by typhoon Butchoy.
Ding Aranas, CIAC Airport Terminal Manager said that Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight 321 from Davao, and Cebu Pacific flight 319 from Cebu arrived at Clark Airport starting at six o’clock in the morning (Friday) after Manila Airport authorities suspended several international and domestic flights at NAIA.
Aranas also said that an additional aircrafts arrived at Clark Airport, among them PAL Airbus 340 flight from San Francisco, domestic flights of Cebu Pacific from Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod and Zest Air flight from Cebu.
He said that all passengers of the diverted flights landed safely at Clark Airport.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III had said that Clark Airport is always ready to accommodate diverted flights especially during times of calamities, adding that Clark Airport can accommodate as many as 20 aircrafts in its wide parking space.
The Duterte administration has already made plans to decongest Metro Manila that included Clark Airport to possibly accommodate the transfer of several domestic and international flights of NAIA as part of the program to decongest Metro Manila.