MANILA (22-Feb-2013) – A total of 19 domestic flights have been cancelled and three international flights diverted due to heavy rains brought by the northeast monsoon affecting Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) and Metro Manila.
As of 12:00 noon Friday, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) media affairs division received advisory that Cebu Pacific Airlines, AirPhil Express, Zest Air and Sky Jet have already cancelled their respective flights in the Visayas and Palawan.
Cebu Pacific, the country’s premier budget airline, suspended two round-trip flights 5Js 893-894 and 895-898 Manila-Caticlan as well as two flights 5Js 892 and 908 from Caticlan to Manila.
Cebu Pacific also canceled two round-trip flights to Cagayan (5Js 838-834) and Busuanga (5Js 529-530).
Air Phil Express also canceled its round-trip flights 2Ps 039-040 Manila-Caticlan and 2Ps 031-032 to Busuanga.
Zest Air cancelled flight Z2 410 from Manila to Busuanga and its return Z2 411 while Sky Jet also suspended its round-trip flight SJ 5525 between Manila and Busuanga.
Also, three international flights have been diverted to Clark International Airport in Pampanga as the weather bureau issued a yellow alert warning for heavy rains in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
The diverted flights include China Airlines flight CI 711 from Kaohsiung; Cathay Pacific Airways flight CX 907 from Hong Kong; and, Jetstar Asia flight 3K 761 from Singapore. (PNA)