Clark airport resumes operations

PAMPANGA. Forty-eight hours after the earthquake, the Clark International Airport Corporation resumes operation Wednesday afternoon, April 24, after putting up safety nets and removing the collapsed ceiling. (Chris Navarro)

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport has resumed operations Wednesday, April 24, after shutting down because of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that caused its check-in counter building ceiling to collapse.

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) stated that the airport terminal is now "safe and business as usual."

CIAC announced its resumption of operations less than 48 hours after parts of the terminal building were destroyed by the tremor.

"Clark airport is business as usual, from counters to manifest to boarding gates," said Jaime Melo, CIAC president.

The clearing operations and repairs immediately started Tuesday morning, April 23, inside the pre-departure area after a huge portion of its ceiling collapsed, according to Melo.

"May we remind the riding public to kindly check or coordinate with their respective airlines for confirmation of their flight schedules via Clark beginning April 24," the airport head added.

Power, flight information systems, and closed circuit television cameras were fully restored in time for the resumption of flights.

Melo said the return of flights in Clark will be gradual since airlines cancelled their respective flights and transferred to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport following the airport temporary shutdown.

Cargo carriers FedEx and UPS already started flying in and out of Clark Tuesday night, April 23.

Melo said there were no substantial damage on the buildings inside the aviation complex.

"We already checked the building, tower, taxiway. Everything po is deemed safe. No substantial damage, superficial lang po," he added.


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