MANILA (UPDATED) - Passengers of a Cebu Pacific flight bound for Roxas, Capiz on Saturday had to return to Manila due to bad weather.
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 375 left Manila at 4:51 p.m. on Saturday. It was around 10 miles from Roxas airport when passengers were told they could not land because it wasn't safe, some passengers recounted.
They were on standby in the air for about 10 minutes before turning back to Manila, they added. The return flight from Roxas, 5J 376, was also cancelled.
Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta-Lagamon told ABS-CBN News that "unfavorable weather conditions caused by Tropical Depression 'Usman' created a situation where landing at the Roxas Airport posed a risk to the safety of the flight and passengers."
The plane landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at around 6:30 p.m. and the passengers were immediately given snacks, but the assistance did not satisfy some of the passengers. A number of them reportedly had to spend the night at the airport.
Passengers were given the option to refund their ticket or re-book their flights, but the next trip to Roxas was scheduled on January 2 or after the New Year celebrations.
Flights between Roxas and Manila are "fully booked" since it is "peak season," said Lagamon.
Another option available for the passengers is to re-route to another destination to reach Roxas before the start of the new year. They can also place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund for future use, she added.
"We regret the inconvenience caused by the unfavorable weather conditions," Lagamon said.
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- report from Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News