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Tacloban Airport’s Runway Set to Reopen by 4 p.m. on Wednesday

By Sarwell Meniano

TACLOBAN CITY – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) aims to reopen the runway at Tacloban Airport by 4 p.m. on Wednesday following extensive emergency repairs.

According to Danilo Abareta, the area manager for CAAP Eastern Visayas, asphalt overlay work is currently underway. The runway was damaged around 7:30 a.m. during the take-off of a Philippine Airlines aircraft.

Following the incident, two commercial aircraft bound for Manila that arrived early Wednesday were permitted to depart from the airport before the complete closure of the runway around 10 a.m.

The affected area is about 12 square meters. It is located near the edge of the runway, but we must close the entire area for the safety of passengers because of the strong tailwind,” Abareta said in a phone interview.

The emergency repair has canceled 28 Tacloban-bound and Cebu or Manila-bound flights for the day, he said.

“The target is to open the runway by 4 p.m. today, but it’s up to the airlines if they will resume their operations,” Abareta said.

The asphalt, according to CAAP, was just overlayed early Wednesday as part of the long-term project to improve the airport’s 2,100-meter runway.

In January 2018, the airport was also closed for two days due to emergency runway repairs.

Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban is one of the country’s busiest, with 36 daily flights between Manila and Cebu.

The airport in the regional capital ranked as the country’s 7th busiest in 2022, with 1,489,803 inbound and outbound passengers.

Named after Daniel Z. Romualdez, former speaker of the House of Representatives, the airport serves as the main gateway from Manila and Cebu to Eastern Visayas. (PNA)

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