PAL cancels Nov. 14-19 flights as CAAP upgrades navigation system

MANILA Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will cancel a number of its domestic and international flights from Nov. 14 to 19 in response to the government's call to reduce the number of flights while the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) works on an enhanced air navigational system.

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday that the request was addressed to all airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"Flights from Nov. 15 to 20 will be affected by this request. NAIA caters to 40 flights per hour. With the reduction of flights, at least four arrival flights will be canceled per hour," he said.

Apolonio added that it is up to the airlines' discretion which flights to cancel.

He said reducing the number of flights is a measure needed for safety reasons, since the air navigational system will have a transition phase. This is the "migration from the old Manila ACC radar, which has a limited capacity, to the CNS-ATM system, which can cover the whole country," Apolonio said.

The Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system is expected to enhance the safety and efficiency of air traffic, airport authorities said. The system, they said, would enable a more definite aircraft identification and better airspace management.

PAL's canceled flights and dates:

Domestic:

Nov. 15

PR 2131/2132 Manila Bacolod - Manila

PR 2145/2146 Manila - Iloilo - Manila

PR 2880 Cebu - Manila

Nov. 15-18

PR 2131/2132 Manila - Bacolod - Manila

PR 2545/2546 Manila - Dumaguete - Manila

PR 2521/2522 Manila - Cagayan de Oro - Manila

PR 2143/2144 Manila - Iloilo - Manila

Nov. 16

PR 2835 Manila - Cebu

PR 2557/2558 Manila - Dipolog - Manila

PR 2545/2546 Manila - Dumaguete - Manila

PR 2133/2134 Manila - Bacolod - Manila

PR 2143/2144 Manila - Iloilo - Manila

PR 2525/2526 Manila - Cagayan de Oro - Manila

PR 2987/2988 Manila - Tacloban - Manila

PR 2787/2788 Manila - Puerto Princesa - Manila

PR 2145/2146 Manila - Iloilo - Manila

PR 2997/2998 Manila - Zamboanga - Manila

PR 2529/2530 Manila - Cagayan de Oro - Manila

Nov. 16-18

PR 2880 Cebu -Manila

Nov. 17

PR 2143/2144 Manila - Iloilo - Manila

PR 2787/2788 Manila - Puerto Princesa - Manila

PR 2198/2199 Manila - Laoag - Manila

Nov. 17-18

PR 2135/2136 Manila - Bacolod - Manila

PR 2997/2998 Manila - Zamboanga - Manila

PR 2529/2530 Manila - Cagayan de Oro - Manila

Nov. 17-19

PR 2545 /2546 Manila - Dumaguete - Manila

PR 2133/2134 Manila - Bacolod - Manila

PR 2145/2146 Manila - Iloilo - Manila

Nov. 17-20

PR 2835 Manila - Cebu

PR 2521/2522 Manila - Cagayan de Oro - Manila

Nov. 18-20

PR 2969/2970 Manila - Kalibo Manila

PR 2959/2960 Manila - Cotabato - Manila

PR 2777/2778 Manila - Tagbilaran - Manila

PR 2819/2820 Manila - Davao -Manila

Nov. 19

PR 2137/2138 Manila - Bacolod Manila

Nov. 19-20

PR 2141/2142 Manila - Iloilo Manila

Nov. 20

PR453/454 Manila Gensan Manila

International flights:

Nov. 14

PR658/659 Manila Dubai Manila

Nov. 15

PR300/301 Manila Hong Kong Manila

PR318/319 Manila Hong Kong Manila

PR511/502 Manila Singapore Manila

PR336/337 Manila Pudong Manila

PR312 Manila Hong Kong

PR432 Manila Narita

Nov. 15-18

PR507/508 Manila Singapore- Manila

Nov. 16

PR313 Hong Kong Manila

PR431 Narita Manila

PR682/683 Manila Dammam Manila

PR428/427 Manila Narita Manila

Nov. 17

PR300/301 Manila Hong Kong Manila

PR318/319 Manila Hong Kong Manila

PR535 Manila Jakarta

PR732/733 Manila Bangkok Manila

PR658/659 Manila - Dubai Manila

PR654/655 Manila Riyadh Manila

PR209 Manila Melbourne

Nov. 18

PR536 Jakarta Manila

PR210 Melbourne Manila

PR511/502 Manila Singapore Manila

PR338/339 Manila Pudong Manila

PR330/331 Manila Xiamen Manila

PR535 Manila Jakarta

PR312 Manila Hong Kong

PR684/685 Manila Doha Manila

Nov. 19

PR536 Jakarta Manila

PR313 Hong Kong Manila

PR511/502 Manila Singapore Manila

PR426/425 Manila Fukuoka Manila

PR736/737 Manila Bangkok Manila

PR537 Manila Denpasar

PR654/655 Manila Riyadh Manila

PR682/683 Manila Dammam Manila

PR312 Manila Hong Kong

PR538 Denpasar Manila

PR313 Hong Kong Manila

Passengers may opt to rebook, reroute or refund their tickets. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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