Some domestic flights canceled anew due to LPA

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MANILA – Some domestic flights and sea voyages were called off on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall brought by a weather disturbance.

In the 8 a.m. advisory released by budget carrier Cebu Pacific, canceled flights include 5J-391D (Manila – Cagayan de Oro); 5J-392D (Cagayan de Oro – Manila); 5J-821 (Manila – Virac); 5J-822 (Virac – Manila); 5J-397 (Manila – Cagayan de Oro); and 5J-398 (Cagayan de Oro – Manila).

The airline management advised passengers booked in those mentioned flights that they may avail of rebooking or re-routing of flights within 30 days for free; conversion of full value of fares in a travel fund; or full refund.

Weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that a low pressure area (LPA) was last spotted 100 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar around 4 a.m. of January 15.

Meanwhile, 348 passengers were stranded in Central Visayas and Bicol Region particularly in the areas of Cebu City and Camarines Sur as of 8 a.m. of Wednesday.

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Public Affairs chief Commander Armando Balilo said that the continuous rough sea condition affecting the Visayas and Mindanao regions due to the effect of LPA, Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) and easterly winds caused some sea trips to be postponed.

Balido said that though there is no typhoon warning signal, a gale warning was hoisted by Pagasa over the provinces affected by the LPA while the Northeast Monsoon and easterly winds also caused the sea condition along the eastern seaboard of the country to be rough.

He said that the maritime law enforcement agency is advising all fishermen along those areas to temporarily postpone their fishing ventures until the sea and weather condition improves. (Sunnex)

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