10 NAIA-bound aircraft diverted to Clark-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- At least 10 commercial aircraft were diverted to Clark International Airport late Wednesday afternoon due to the upgrading of the radar system at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose I. Luciano said the aircraft started arriving at CIA around 4:30 p.m., with passengers landing safely.
Luciano said diverted flights were three Airphil Express aircraft from Tuguegarao, Dipolog and Cagayan De Oro, one Gulf Air aircraft from Bahrain, one Philippine Airlines aircraft from Incheon, two Tiger Air Philippines aircraft from Cebu and Bacolod, Air Asia Zest aircraft from Cagayan De Oro and two Cebu Pacific Air aircraft from Cebu.
Diverted aircraft started leaving Clark at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, after NAIA returned to its normal operations.
Clark Airport is being eyed by the government as the country's next premier gateway.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) had already submitted a study on the development of a "Dual Airport" system for NAIA and Clark Airport.
Aviation experts say that NAIA already reached its capacity.
The entry of Emirates Airlines last October 1 into the airport is expected to boost passenger volume before the end of 2013.
Emirates, which flies Dubai-Clark-Dubai daily, had promised to deliver one million passengers by next year.
Qatar Airways is set to start daily flights (Doha-Clark-Doha) on October 28.
An estimated 10 million Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East, coming from Northern and Central Luzon, will benefit from these flights.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 25, 2013.