PAL scraps 150 flights due to radar re­pair, upgrade

Manila Bulletin - - News - By MARTIN A. SADONGDONG

Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL) has can­celled 52 in­ter­na­tional and 98 do­mes­tic flights March 6 to 11 while a radar fa­cil­ity in Ta­gay­tay City shuts down for re­pairs and an upgrade.

In an ad­vi­sory on its of­fi­cial Face­book page last Fri­day, PAL said the flights were can­celled fol­low­ing the is­suance of a No­tice to Air­men (NOTAM) by the Civil Aviation Author­ity of the Philip­pines (CAAP) re­gard­ing the tem­po­rary closure of the Ta­gay­tay monopulse sec­ondary sur­veil­lance radar (MSSR).

The fa­cil­ity guides planes headed for the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The break­down of PAL’s can­celled flights:

March 6 - 26 (10 in­ter­na­tional, 16 do­mes­tic)

March 7 - 30 (12 in­ter­na­tional, 18 do­mes­tic)

March 8 - 28 (10 in­ter­na­tional, 18 do­mes­tic)

March 9 - 26 (12 in­ter­na­tional, 14 do­mes­tic)

March 10 - 24 (8 in­ter­na­tional, 16 do­mes­tic) March 11 - 16 (16 do­mes­tic) The CAAP said the Ta­gay­tay radar would in­te­grate into its sys­tem world-class air traf­fic con­trol.

PAL has ad­vised af­fected pas­sen­gers that they can re­book their tick­ets within 30 days from orig­i­nal date of de­par­ture with­out penalty pro­vided within ticket va­lid­ity, re­fund their ticket in full, or re-route to the next al­ter­na­tive near­est point within PAL’s net­work.

“We apol­o­gize for any in­con­ve­nience as Philip­pine Air­lines con­tin­ues to sup­port our gov­ern­ment’s drive to make air travel safe, se­cure and seam­less for all pas­sen­gers,” PAL said in its ad­vi­sory.

Af­fected pas­sen­gers were also ad­vised to: Call PAL hot­line at (02) 855-8888 to get the lat­est up­date on their flight sched­ules; go to the near­est PAL ticket of­fice or travel agent who fa­cil­i­tated the is­suance of their ticket; or email we­

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