CAAP to investigate flight cancellation last Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2017 11:54

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is going to hold an investigation on the cancellation of morning flights last Saturday due to a broken paver which blocked the airport runway.

This was revealed by Reynaldo Alforte, CAAP Region 9 Officer in Charge who also apologized for the cancellation of flights.

At least 300 passengers were affected after flights by Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines were diverted to Manila and Cebu respectively.

Thousands of pesos in losses were reported by passengers due to their failure to reach their intended destination on time.

Athletes from the Zamboanga Polytechnic University baseball and softball teams were said to have incurred losses of more than P20,000 after they failed to take the bus they hired to go to Lipa, Batangas, the venue of the sporting event.

“The matter will be investigated thoroughly by CAAP and we have to call the contractor,” said Alforte.

The paver is used to repair the airport runway due to potholes in the area which pose danger to air transportation.

The repair of the runway started three weeks ago and will be completed in about a month, said Alforte.

No flights were affected during the construction which was regularly undertaken from 9pm to 5am.

Last Saturday however, a paver bogged down in the middle of the runway causing the cancellation of flights.  (Liza Jocson)