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CAAP lifts closure order on Central PHL airports, except Tacloban

President Benigno S. Aquino III personally check the condition of the families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) at the evacuation center during his visit to the province of Leyte to assess the extent of damage in the area on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda, the world's most poerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III personally check the condition of the families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) at the evacuation center during his visit to the province of Leyte to assess the extent of damage in the area on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda, the world’s most poerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on Monday lifted a notice to airman (NOTAM) issued against all airports in typhoon-hit Central Philippines, except for the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City, Leyte.

“As of 6:00 am today, only Tacloban Domestic Airport is partially open allowing limited turbo prop flights to give way to humanitarian missions ferrying relief supplies and equipment,” CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss III said.

Hotchkiss said their personnel on the ground are working “double time to expedite normalization of operations.”

The CAAP official, however, said it will take “days or weeks for Tacloban airport to accept bigger commercial aircraft like Airbus 320 or Boeing B737.”

The Daniel Z. Romualdez airport’s communication, tower and radar equipment were totally damaged, after Typhoon Yolanda battered Tacloban.

“As of 7 a.m. today, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and PALex announced that they are operating commercial flights to Tacloban via Cebu starting today, Nov. 11, to help passengers whose flights were cancelled as a result of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“We would like to inform the riding public that in as much as we wanted to bring back normal operations, the airport terminal itself was totally damaged and we are now building a temporary terminal to service the needs of the passengers,” Hotchkiss said.

Last week, CAAP issued NOTAMs on international and domestic airports in Bicol and Visayas regions ahead of Typhoon Yolanda.

On Friday, Typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history, with sustained winds of up to 313 kilometer per hour and gusts of up to 378 kph caused a deadly storm surge in Central Philippines. (MNS)

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