Philippine Airlines says operations to 'normalize' this week


Posted at Aug 20 2018 10:31 AM | Updated as of Sep 15 2019 02:27 PM

Stranded passengers wait at Terminal 1 for their flights to resume at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on August 17, 2018. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine Airlines said Monday it expected operations to "normalize" this week after a stalled Xiamen Air jet on the capital's main airport affected 28,425 passengers over the weekend.

There were no immediate cancellations on Monday as PAL deployed planes to accommodate stranded passengers. The airline assisted 80 percent of those affected, said its spokeswoman, Cielo Villaluna.

"Mag-nonormalize na po 'yan as the day unfolds (It will normalize as the day unfolds), within the week," Villaluna said.

Replacement flights included 2 to San Francisco and another 2 to Los Angeles.

Villaluna reminded travelers leaving Monday to anticipate large crowds at the NAIA, which reopened at noon Saturday.

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