Davao International Airport set to reopen tonight

Subscribe Now June 04, 2013 at 06:46pm

Normal operation of the Davao International Airport is set to resume at 8 p.m. tonight following the retrieval of the ill-fated Cebu Pacific aircraft that overran the runway and caused the airport to shutdown since Sunday evening.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) deputy director general Rodante Joya said they have already released a notice to airmen about the looming resumption of flights going to and from Davao after Cebu Pacific personnel finally retrieved the aircraft from its landing spot.

“As of 5 p.m. today (Tuesday), the retrieval team and technical people of Cebu Pacific were able to remove the aircraft from the soft soil where it got stuck and place it in the concrete portion of the runway,” Joya said in a telephone interview.

Joya added that CAAP and Cebu Pacific personnel are towing the aircraft to the old parking ramp in the airport to eventually clear the runway from obstructions.

“As per director general William Hotchkiss, we are set to open the airport at 8 p.m.,” he said.

“We have already sent notice to airmen that Davao Airport is closed (only) until 8 p.m. (and that) airline companies can already inform their passengers that they will be landing in Davao thereafter,” Joya added.

The aviation official, however, would not like to comment when asked what penalties or fines will be imposed on Cebu Pacific for failing to meet government’s deadline to remove the aircraft from the runway at 3 p.m., saying Hotchkiss would be the appropriate person to quote on the legal matter.

But Joya confirmed that CAAP has incurred a minimum loss of P1.5 million due to the closure of Davao International Airport for the past two days. He said there is an average of 3,750 passengers that pay P200 terminal fee for departing at Davao on a daily basis.

“CAAP lost at least P1.5 million in terminal fees for almost two days. This does not even include other revenues from log in, parking fees and other charges,” he added.

On June 2, Cebu Pacific flight 5J-971 from Manila overshot the Davao airport's runway amid heavy downpour. Cebu Pacific apologized for the incident and the consequences it entailed after assuring that all 165 passengers of the aircraft were “unhurt and safely shuttled to the terminal, where their needs were taken care of.”

Source: mb.com.ph

« Cebu Pacific apologizes for runway mishap in Davao Davao loses P250M in 2 days due to runway mishap »