Xiamen Airlines added to congestion with uncoordinated flights, MIAA says

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2018 11:07 AM | Updated as of Aug 20 2018 12:10 PM

A Cebu Pacific Airbus A320-200 passenger aircraft takes off above a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 pictured next to airport perimeter fence after it overshot the runway at NAIA Friday. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA -- China's Xiamen Airlines deployed 4 recovery flights to the Philippine capital's main airport without coordinating with local authorities, adding to the congestion caused by one of its jets that overshot the runway, a Filipino official said Monday.

Some 200 flights were cancelled after the stalled Boeing 737 forced the closure of the runway from late Thursday to Saturday noon. The jetliner's left engine was ripped off during a bumpy landing.

The recovery flights were brought in "without seeking clearance," said Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal.

"This resulted to additional congestion at the parking base, which we did not anticipate for that particular time frame," he told ANC.

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Xiamen Air representatives will meet with Filipino authorities about on Monday, he said.

Airport authorities are investigating the incident. The Senate and the House of Representatives are planning separate inquiries.

It will be the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Philippines' air regulator, to determine possible penalties against the Chinese airline, Monreal said.

Passengers can file complaints against Xiamen Airlines before the CAB, said its officer in charge and deputy executive director, Wyrlou Samodio.

Sixteen more domestic flights were cancelled on Monday. Philippine Airlines said it assisted 80 percent of its 28,000 affected passengers and operations were expected to "normalize" this week.