Pampanga's Clark Airport closed for 24 hours after 6.1 quake
MANILA, Philippines — Clark International Airport in Pampanga will be closed for 24 hours as airport authorities assess the damage on facilities following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake Monday.
The quake, whose epicenter was located in neighboring Zambales province's Castillejos town, caused some parts of the airport's structure to collapse as seen in viral photos by Twitter user @lancelauren_. The photo were subsequently confirmed by Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran of the Department of Transportation as accurate.
While no casualties were reported in the scene, the airport's officials' advisory notes that the 24-hour closure of the international gateway is a pre-emptive measure.
Flights that were immediately canceled following the earthquake were:
- 5J 120 Clark-Hong Kong
- 5J 121 Hong Kong-Clark
- 5J 370 Clark-Macau
- 5J 371 Macau-Clark
- 5J 608 Clark-Cebu
- 5J 609 Cebu-Clark
While fflight delays are also expected at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport, authorities said take off and landing procedures are not affected.
Ed Monreal, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority which runs NAIA, said he already ordered an inspection of the airport's runway, as reported by ABS-CBN.