NAIA flights, ground ops resume as MIAA lifts red lightning alert

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MANILA, Philippines — Flight and ground operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City have resumed following a brief temporary suspension on Sunday afternoon.

It was temporarily suspended at 2:04 p.m. after the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) issued a red lightning alert.

“The MIAA Airport Ground Operations and Safety Division (AGOSD) has lowered the Lightning Red Alert to Yellow as of 3:32 PM / 1532H. Flight and ground operations at NAIA have resumed,” MIAA said in an advisory.

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A red lighting alert is a “safety measure” taken to prevent untoward incidents from happening when lightning is prevalent in the immediate area and may endanger the personnel, passengers, and even flight operations.”

In a thunderstorm advisory issued by the state weather bureau at 2:57 p.m., it said that moderate to heavy rain showers with lightning and strong winds are expected over Pampanga, Bataan, and Batangas “within the next 2 hours.”