LOOK: Passengers cramped in NAIA due to canceled flights


Posted at Aug 17 2018 11:03 AM | Updated as of Aug 17 2018 03:46 PM

MANILA - Throngs of passengers remain stranded at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after a runway closure forced the cancellation of several flights on Friday. 

Several international and domestic flights have been suspended after a Xiamen Air flight MF 8667 carrying 157 passengers and 8 crew from Xiamen, China went off the runway before midnight.

As of 9 a.m., authorities have yet to remove the plane from the runway, leaving thousands of passengers stuck in NAIA's terminals.

"Galing pa kami Bulacan. Dalawang connecting flights pa to Texas, USA. Nakaka-dismaya," said Lilibeth Villafuerte, who had to rebook all her flights due to the delay in Manila.

(We came all the way from Bulacan. We have 2 connecting flights to Texas, USA. It's disappointing.)

"Sabi sa'min maghintay lang so di ako aalis," said Crystal Labrado, an overseas Filipino worker bound for Japan.

(We were told to just wait so I won't leave.)

Passengers from other airports were also affected by the closure.

Jocelyn Roberts, who was Manila-bound for a connecting flight, was among the disappointed travelers who scampered at a ticketing office in the Mactan Cebu International Airport to make necessary flight adjustments.

"They told me I can book a business class flight tomorrow for Manila. It’s so expensive, I won’t pay for business class," Roberts said.

Airport authorities said Friday the runway will remain closed until 7 p.m. 

Here's a look at the situation in NAIA due to the incident

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

David Salvan, ABS-CBN News

David Salvan, ABS-CBN News

- with a report from Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News