FOUR international and 14 domestic flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were cancelled while four domestic flights were diverted to Clark International Airport in Pampanga on Friday due to heavy rains brought about by the tail end of typhoon Butchoy.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said China Airlines flights CI711 and CI712 (Manila-Kaoshiung-Manila), Eva Air flights BR277 and BR278 (Manila-Taipei-Manila) were cancelled as a precaution after heavy rains battered the runway and visibility came close to zero.
Also cancelled, according to the MIAA, were Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express flights 2P2084/2P2085 (Manila-Basco-Manila), 2P2077/2P2078 (Manila-Tablas-Manila), SkyJet M8-816/M8-817 (Manila-Basco-Manila), CebGo DG6041/DG6042 (Manla-Busuanga-Manila), Air Asia Z2-300/Z2-301 (Manila-Kalibo-Manila), Z2-775/Z2-776 (Manila-Cebu-Manila), and Z2-430/Z2-431 (Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila).
The airport authority added that four Cebu Pacific domestic flights from Visayas and Mindanao en route to NAIA were diverted to CIA due to the bad weather at the airport.
In another story, the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) on Friday temporarily cordoned the right curbside road of the NAIA Terminal 1 after an unattended luggage was found in the area.
Avsegroup personnel said a close and careful inspection of the bag shows that it contains several Pomelo fruits and personnel belongings. Apparently, the bag was inadvertently left it in the area.
The bag was found by an airport security guard who immediately reported his find to the police.
Responding policemen cordoned the area while K-9 units inspected the bag. After several minutes of inspection, the police declared the area safe because no explosive device was found in the bag and nearby areas.
The luggage was eventually brought to the lost and found section of the MIAA.
Airport authorities recently has stepped up security at the NAIA following last month’s terrorist attacks at a Turkey airport which left 45 people killed and more than 230 people injured.