NAIA runway repairs completed

By Benjie Lim Vergara

(File photo) Ninoy Aquino International Airport Runway 6/24 (PHOTO) Brian J. McMorrow – Pbase

AIRPORT authorities has repaired the  potholes along the taxiway of the country’s premier aerodrome, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

In a statement released to the media, the Manila International Airport Authority disclosed that as early as last week, it has been attempting to conduct the runway repairs at the NAIA’s Charlie 4 taxiway but failed to do so because of inclement weather.

The heavy rains, a MIAA source said, caused a number of potholes along the length of Charlie 4.

“The general manager of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Ed Monreal and I had been planning about it since last week, but we needed good weather to do it,” said Department of Transportation for Aviation and Airports Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo.

He added that “as soon as DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade learned of this, he asked for the repair schedule and the immediate timeline.”

The repair works commenced at 2p.m. on Monday.

Monreal said the repair of three out of the six potholes have been completed. He, however, added that work is still ongoing until all the repairs are completed later in the day.

Because of the taxiway repair, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a Notice to Airmen (Notam) about the potholes and work in progress.

Monreal added that based on the inspection, no potholes where found on the other runways. He likewise assured no flights were affected nor disrupted in the course of the repair works

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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