Tacloban airport to be closed due to potholes on runway

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Monday, September 1, 2014

THE airport in Tacloban City will be temporarily closed starting this week for the repair of potholes on the runway that pose safety risk to passengers, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) said Monday.

The Caap officials met with representatives from the Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Tiger Air to discuss the situation of the Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City.

During the meeting, they agreed to stop flying "due to fast developing potholes of the runway that pose safety risk to passengers and possible damage to aircraft, particularly the engines, during takeoffs and landings," Caap said in a statement.

The Caap said it was looking to immediately repair the potholes on the runway to allow at least the propeller driven aircraft to resume operations as soon as possible.

The closure of the Tacloban airport will begin 6 a.m. this Wednesday until 6 a.m. of the following day for turbo propeller aircraft only, it said.

Jets like Airbus A320 or Boeing B737 will resume flights only after the total replacement of the five-inch asphalts on the whole runway, it added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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