More airlines to resume trips using Naia — DOTr
MANILA, Philippines – More airline companies are set to resume making trips to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
DOTr relayed on Monday night that several international airlines like Malaysia Airlines would resume flights on Tuesday — a day after Naia resumed partial operations after being shut down due to the ash fall brought by the Taal Volcano’s eruption.
“Following the reopening of Manila International Airport today, Malaysia Airlines will resume its operations into and out of the city on 14 January,” Malaysia Airlines said in an official statement.
The company said that canceled flights for January 13 and 14 would be reallocated into the following flights:
MH806 Kuala Lumpur (8:30 am) – Manila (12:20 pm)
MH807 Manila (1:15pm) – Kuala Lumpur (5:15pm) (Aircraft Upgrade from B737-800 to A330-300)
MH704 Kuala Lumpur (12:45 pm) – Manila (4:30 pm)
MH705 Manila (5:20pm)- Kuala Lumpur (9:22pm) (*Aircraft Upgrade from B737-800 to A330-300)
MH804 Kuala Lumpur (5:35 pm) – Manila (9:20 pm)
Malaysia Airlines advised passengers to arrive early at the airports to avoid congestion, especially as several other airlines are also now making trips using the various Naia terminals.
“Passengers who have not received SMS or email notifications on their reallocation are advised to update their contact details at the ‘Manage Your Booking’ page on Malaysia Airlines website,” the airline company said.
“Passengers can then fill in their 6 digit alpha-numeric booking reference numbers to receive the latest updates,” they added. “Alternatively, passengers may also call our Contact Centre at 1 300 88 3000 (in Malaysia) and +603 7843 3000 (for outside Malaysia) for information on their flights.”
As of 9:53 p.m. of Monday, DOTr said that there are 29 arrival flights and 47 departure flights delayed, including those from flag carrier Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Cebu Pacific, Cathay Pacific, AirAsia, Cebgo, AirSWIFT, and SkyJet.
5J 114 MNL/HKG
QR 933 MNL/DOH
5J 288 MNL/CAN
5J 362 MNL/MFM
5J 678 MNL/PVG
— DOTrPH 🇵🇭 (@DOTrPH) January 13, 2020
Due to the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano last Sunday, ashfall was experienced in various parts of Metro Manila and other Central Luzon and Northern Luzon province.
At Naia, flights were placed on hold as volcanic ash covered the runways, even if the volcano was located around 65 kilometers away from the National Capital Region.
Due to the volcano’s activity, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised Alert Level 4 in Taal Volcano, ordering people inside the 17-kilometer radius to evacuate.