MANILA - Cebu Pacific Air said Tuesday it has resumed partial operations at the airport in typhoon-hit Tuguegarao City to aid relief operations.
Its subsidiary CebGo mounted one round trip flight from Manila to Tuguegarao on Tuesday (Sept. 18) while another recovery flight was set for Wednesday (Sept. 19), Cebu Pacific said in a statement.
Ompong damaged electricity, phone lines, properties and crops in Tuguegarao when it roared through northern Luzon Saturday.
Cebu Pacific's flights were expected to help deliver supplies and humanitarian assistance to affected areas.
“We understand that areas severely affected by Typhoon Ompong need a lot of support and assistance. We consider it of utmost importance to resume flights as soon as possible so we can fly in supplies, resources, and much-needed humanitarian assistance at the earliest opportunity,” said Cebu Pacific vice president for Corporate Affairs JR Mantaring.
Cebu Pacific said regular operations of its bigger Airbus flights would resume once the Tuguegarao airport is fully operational.
Several gateways in Northern Luzon were closed at the height of Typhoon Ompong, including airports in Tuguegarao, Batanes, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur.
Several airlines also canceled flights due to the typhoon.