By Bohol Island News Staff | 01:12 AM December 03, 2019
All of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) terminals will be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, due to the effects of Typhoon Tisoy.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) made the announcement during a press conference on Monday evening that Terminals 1 to 4 will be closed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
At least 480 flights are expected to be affected by the closure covering local and international flights.
MIAA said the closure is a part of their measures for the safety of passengers amid the anticipated onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.
In a statement on Monday, MIAA said that once the surface wind strength reached 65 knots as indicated in the anemometer, airport operations are automatically suspended. This precaution is meant to ensure utmost safety for all, especially the riding public.
It said that there were instances when airport operations need to be suspended when crosswind reaches 40 knots, or once the surface wind becomes disruptive for continuous operation vis-a- vis aircraft type, length of runway, among others.
According to airline standard, at 50 knots, airlines will implement pre emptive evacuation of aircraft.
Once operations resume, priority will be given to scheduled flights while recovery flights will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Recovery flights must also have approval from the MIAA.
MIAA GM Ed Monreal appealed to air passengers to just stay in their homes and avoid going to the airports as terminals will be closed.
GM Monreal likewise advised affected passengers to closely coordinate with their airline carriers.
According to the state weather bureau’s 11 p.m. weather bulletin, Typhoon Tisoy made a landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon, at 11 p.m. on Monday, December 2.
Several areas in Luzon and Visayas were placed under tropical cyclone wind signals.