By Jelly Musico
MANILA (25-Oct-2012/PNA) – At least 24 domestic flights have been cancelled due to bad weather brought by tropical storm Ofel which is battering southern Tagalog and Bicol Region.
As of noon Thursday, the Manila International Airport Authority media affairs office has received 24 flight cancellations as advised by Cebu Pacific, AirPhilippines Express and Zest Air.
Cebu Pacific cancelled its 14 flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Caticlan and Ozamis and Legazpi.
The cancelled CebuPac flights are 5J 893, 894, 892, 920, 895, 898, 897 and 896, all going to and from Caticlan as well as flights 5J 781 and 782 to and from Ozamis and 323 and 324 to and from Legaspi.
The Air Philippines also cancelled its own flights 2P 051, 052, 055 and 055 going to and from and flights 2P 021 and 022 to Masbate.
Zest Air cancelled its morning flight Z2 260 bound for Masbate and the return flight 261 as well as its afternoon flight 202 bound to Marinduque and return flight 203.
The cancellation of flights has affected local tourists who are expected to enjoy the coming long weekend in Boracay resort island near the Caticlan airport.
According to the Office of Civil Defense, Ofel has stranded over 4,000 passengers in Bicol as people started to return to their home provinces for next week’s All Saints Day. (PNA)