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DUE TO BAD WEATHER: Mindanao flights cancelled

Posted by Abi Kwok on January 13, 2009

By Abigail Kwok

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 3) Bad weather forced the cancellation of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific flights to and from the Mindanao cities of Cagayan de Oro and Butuan on Tuesday morning to early afternoon.

However, PAL said the weather had started to clear over Cagayan de Oro and PR 184 from there was expected to arrive at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 2) in Manila at 3:18 p.m., a delay of about an hour.

PR 183 was also delayed by about an hour and left Manila at 11:17 a.m. PR 185 departed Cagayan de Oro at 1:58 p.m. but was forced to return after weather conditions became worse in the area, PAL said.

Replacement flights PR 1837 left for Manila at 2:55 p.m. but was also forced back. PR 1857 from Cagayan de Oro was cancelled.

The other cancelled PAL flights were 181 for Cagayan and its return trip, PR 182, PR 1817 and 1818, which were supposed to be replacement flights for flights cancelled on Monday, and PR 281 and 282.

PAL announced that flights to Cagayan de Oro will resume at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday with PR 1817.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific canceled the round-trip Manila-Butuan flights 5J785 and 5J786, the replacement flights 5J787 and 5J788, and Cebu-Butuan flight 5J223.

Cebu Pacific announced that flights to and from Butuan City will resume Wednesday. The following are the flight schedules:

5J787 – departing Manila at 11:50 a.m.
5J789 – departing Manila at 1:55 p.m.
5J790 – departing Butuan at 3:50 p.m.
5J785D – departing Manila at 6 a.m.
5J786D – departing Butuan at 7:55 a.m.
5J787D – departing Manila at 10 a.m.
5J788D – departing Butuan at 11:55 a.m.

In Manila, Cebu Pacific uses NAIA’s Terminal 3.

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