MANILA, Philippines – Several flights at the Manila Domestic Airport (MDA) were either delayed or diverted on Sunday due to heavy rains brought about by a low-pressure area in Luzon.
The MDA said that as of 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 2 flights were cancelled, 20 were delayed, and 15 flights were diverted.
Among those diverted were flights of Seair and Zest Air from Caticlan and Kalibo in the Visayas, and Busuanga, in Mindanao were diverted to the Clark international airport in Pampanga.
Cebu Pacific cancelled its Manila-Legaspi and Legaspi-Manila. The airline also delayed flights coming from Dipolog to Cagayan, and Iloilo to Cagayan.
On the other hand, Zest Air flights from Manila to Tagbilaran, Bohol, Kalibo, Virac, Cebu and Caticlan were delayed.
Seair flights from Caticlan to Manila or DG 022 was re-routed to Clark due to the bad weather, while two Manila to Caticlan flights (DG 131 and DG 039)left after being delayed for several hours.
Philippine Airlines flight 392 from Tacloban finally landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 5:45, while flight 168 from Dipolog touched down at 6:05 p.m.
At the NAIA Terminal 1 and 2, several international flights were also either delayed or diverted.
Cathay Pacific 906 bound for Hong Kong, was late for an hour and 25 minutes before departing at 12:30 in the afternoon.
Singapore Airlines 910 bound for Manila, was diverted to Clark airport and arrived at 5:35 p.m. Malaysian Airlines flight 704 on its way to Manila from Kuala Lumpur, was diverted to Kota Kinabalu due to bad weather.
Philippine Airlines flight 301 from Hong Kong to Manila was re-rerouted to Clark and arrived at 5:45 p.m.