Several domestic flights and sea voyages still canceled

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


MANILA -- Several domestic flights and sea voyages are still cancelled on Tuesday due to the non-stop rain brought by a low pressure area (LPA) affecting several provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said that 14 flights were canceled on Terminal 3 and 4 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) as several areas particularly in Mindanao area being affected by flashfloods and landslides.

In the 8 a.m. advisory released by budget carrier Cebu Pacific, canceled flights include 5J381/382 (Manila-Cagayan de Oro-Manila); 5J397/398 (Manila-Cagayan de Oro-Manila); 5J207/208 (Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu); 5J205/206 (Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu); and 5J383/384 Manila-Cagayan de Oro-Manila.

The airline management advised passengers may avail of any options for free such as rebooking or re-routing of flights within 30 days; conversion of full value of fares in a travel fund; or full refund.

Country’s flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and its low-cost airline PAL Express have also released their list of grounded flights including 2P265 (Manila-Naga); 2P266 (Naga-Manila); 2P519 (Manila-Kalibo); and 2P520 (Kalibo-Manila).

The PAL management said that passengers may rebook their flights within the next 30 days from the original flight date, with rebooking fees and fare difference waived.

Also, Zest Air said that five of its domestic flights were cancelled and these include Z2-265 (Manila-Cagayan de Oro); Z2-266 (Cagayan de Oro-Manila); Z2-972 (Cagayan de Oro-Manila); and Z2-519 (Kalibo-Manila).

Meanwhile, a total of 167 shipping passengers are currently stranded in Bicol Region due to the continuous rough sea condition affecting the Visayas and Mindanao regions due to the effect of LPA, Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) and easterly winds.

Commander Armando Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Public Affairs chief said that sea travel are temporarily suspended in various areas particularly in Visayas and Mindanao since several coastal towns are currently experiencing big waves and strong due to the LPA.

He said that a gale warning was hoisted by the state weather bureau over the provinces affected by LPA. The Northeast Monsoon and easterly winds also caused the sea condition along the eastern seaboard of the country to be rough.

Balilo explained that the agency advised all fishermen along those areas to temporarily postponed their fishing ventures until the sea and weather condition improves. (Sunnex)

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