MANILA - Some flights were cancelled on Sunday, August 19, due to excessive delays caused by a Chinese plane that slid off the runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, authorities said.
As of 7 a.m., the following 7 international and 44 domestic flights have been cancelled, according to the Manila International Airport Authority:
PR 104/105 Manila - San Francisco - Manila
PR 654 Manila - Riyadh
PR 418/419 Manila - Pusan - Manila
2P 2519/2520 Manila - Cagayan - Manila
2P 2151/2152 Manila - Iloilo - Manila
5J 110/111 Manila - Hong Kong - Manila
5J 651/652 Manila - Tacloban - Manila
5J 991/992 Manila - General Santos - Manila
5J 703/704 Manila - Dipolog - Manila
5J 483/484 Manila - Bacolod - Manila
5J 995/996 Manila - General Santos - Manila
5J 196/197 Manila - Cauyan - Manila
5J 321/322 Manila - Legazpi - Manila
5J 637/638 Manila - Puerto Princesa - Manila
5J 504/505 Manila - Tuguegarao - Manila
5J 821/822 Manila - Virac - Manila
5J 623/624 Manila - Dumaguete - Manila
5J 781/782 Manila - Ozamiz - Manila
5J 385/386 Manila - Cagayan
5J 551 Manila - Cebu
5J 562 Cebu - Manila
2P 2967/2968 Manila - Butuan - Manila
2P 2921/2922 Manila - Legazpi - Manila
2P 2993/2994 Manila - Zamboanga - Manila
2P 2889/2890 Manila - Ozamiz - Manila
2P 2557/2558 Manila - Dipolog - Manila
2P 2203/2204 Manila - Roxas - Manila
Philippine Airlines said affected passengers may refund or rebook their flights at its ticket offices nationwide that will open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Passengers may also call PAL Hotline (+632) 855-8888 or visit www.philippineairlines.com's ManageMyBooking portal, the airline said.
Some 165 flights on Friday and Saturday were cancelled after a Xiamen Airlines aircraft's bumpy landing, according to airport media officer Connie Bungag.
The plane landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass, ripping off its left engine and blocking the runway late Thursday evening.
The 157 passengers and 8 crew aboard were able to disembark without suffering any major injuries.
Moving the plane was complicated by heavy rains that softened the ground, making it difficult to install the 2 cranes needed to lift the aircraft, officials said.
By noon on Saturday, flights had resumed their normal schedule, but some passengers were not impressed by the speed of the recovery operation.
"At last," tweeted one disgruntled observer. "That's a record 36 hours."
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio said investigators had recovered the plane's black box and flight data recorder and would be summoning the pilots next week to find the cause of the mishap. -- With a report from Agence France-Presse