Cebu Pacific plane might not get removed tonight – CAAP
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Davao airport manager Frederick San Felix said that Cebu Pacific may not meet the target time to remove the aircraft from the runway and put back the airport into operation, in a news article by the web portal of The Philippine Star.
“I already sent a notice for the extension (for the removal of the plane in the runway) by early morning tomorrow, 7 a.m.,” San Felix told The Philippine Star in a phone interview.
“We will not be able to finish it on time,” he added.
Earlier, CAAP announced that they aim to remove the aircraft in the runway by 8:00pm tonight.
This was after Cebu Pacific A320 aircraft assigned to fly the route Manila-Davao under flight number 5J-971 overran the runway after it had landed at Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Sunday night.
All 165 passengers have been catered as of press time.
As an alternative measure, both Cebu Pacific and the Philippine Airline group (including PAL Express) offered free flight cards, food, accommodation, and airport transfers from General Santos Airport and back, a four-hour ride from this city.
In a Twitter post, Cebu Pacific diverted flights bound to Davao to GenSan and have added addition flights to accommodate passengers from Davao.
“Cebu Pacific arranged for 10 extra roundtrip flights between Manila and General Santos, four extra flights between Cebu and General Santos, one extra flight between Iloilo and General Santos and one extra flight between Zamboanga and General Santos to re-accommodate affected passengers,” the company said.
Philippine Airlines, on the other hand, have upgraded their narrow-body flights in General Santos to widebody jets, to accommodate the surge of passengers from Davao. Meanwhile, sister airline PAL Express will deploy its Airbus aircraft for flights from Cebu once the airport resumes operations.
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