Cebu Pacific cancels flights after mishap at Iloilo airport

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2017 08:42 AM

The runway of Iloilo International Airport will be temporarily closed after a Cebu Pacific aircraft veered off the tarmac Friday night.

As a result, some 33 domestic and international flights of Cebu Pacific to and from Iloilo province were cancelled, the airline announced Saturday.

"Cebu Pacific is working with the authorities to re-open the runway as soon as possible," the statement read.

The affected Cebu Pacific flights are: 

Oct. 13, 2017

-5J 467 Manila-Iloilo

Oct. 14, 2017 

-5J 468 Iloilo-Manila 
-5J 449/450 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 453/454 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 721/720 Iloilo-Davao-Iloilo 
-5J 255/256 Iloilo-Singapore-Iloilo 
-DG 6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu
-5J 447/448 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 467 Manila-Iloilo 
-5J 457/458 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 247/248 Iloilo-General Santos-Iloilo
-5J 165 Iloilo-Cebu

Oct. 15, 2017 

-5J 451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 453/454 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 457/458 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
-5J 468 Iloilo-Manila
-5J 348/347 Davao-Iloilo-Davao
-DG 6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu

Cebu Pacific said customers on these flights may rebook their flights within 30 days, reroute to alternate stations, or opt for a full refund or travel fund.

All affected passengers will be entitled to a free one-way travel voucher.

"We sincerely apologize to all our guests on these affected flights, as well as all other passengers affected by the runway closure, for the inconvenience this incident has caused, and appeal for your patience and understanding," Cebu Pacific added.

Late Friday night, Flight 5J 461 had flown from Ninoy Aquino International Airport but failed to stop when it landed at the runway in Iloilo. The aircraft carrying 180 passengers and six crew members overshot and ended up on the grassy field. All were safe.