Mactan-Cebu Airport partially opens after runway accident, says CAAP
MANILA, Philippines — The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has been allowed to partially open to flights after an accident involving a widebody jet that overshot at the runway while trying to land safely amid inclement weather.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in a statement, the airport partially opened to flights from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, accommodating a Jeju Air flight (JJA2406) bound for Incheon.
“A notice to airmen (NOTAM) (B3339/22) has also been released by [CAAP] effective today until tomorrow evening (25 October, 6:00 p.m.) declaring the partial operability of the airport under day Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) or conditions wherein pilots have sufficient visibility, as well as the airport runway’s allowed temporary distance,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, CAAP gave assurance that it is now coordinating with the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) to work the extraction of the Korean Airlines A330 aircraft.
In an earlier statement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said that a total of 112 foreign nationals, 32 balikbayans, and 18 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were affected by the delay, as well as another 530 outbound international.
All affected passengers, however, have already been accounted for by Korean Air officials and were booked at nearby hotels.
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