By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO
MANILA, PhilippinesTropical depression Egay has marooned 21 domestic flights as it gained strength and moved northwest, raising storm signals in several Luzon provinces.
This brought to 25 the total number of local flights affected by the inclement weather disturbance.
Airport officials said local carriers Cebu Pacific cancelled 16 flights and Airphils, three delayed flights with the inclement weather. There were two canceled flights to and from the Manila Domestic Terminal.
Egay earlier battered Visayas and Mindanao at 17 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near its center.
The Manila International Airport Authority justified the flight cancellation to ensure the safety of passengers.
The affected flights were from the Visayas and Bicol region, which have been experiencing heavy rains over the weekend. The tropical depression also brought cloudy skies and heavy rains in Metro Manila
The affected flights for Cebu Pacific were:
1)5J 821 (Manila- Virac);
2) 5J 822 (Virac-Manila);
3) 5J 711 (Manila- Catanduanes);
4)5J 521 (Manila- Naga);
5)5J 325 (Manila- Legazpi);
6) 5J 326 (Legazpi- Manila);
7) 5J 895 (Manila- Caticlan);
8)5J 898 (Caticlan- Manila);
9) 5J 893(Manila- Caticlan);
10)5J 894 (Caticlan- Manila);
11) 5J 196 (Manila-Cauayan);
12) 5J 197 (Isabela-Manila);
13) 5J 508 (Manila-Tuguegarao);
14)5J 509 (Tuguegarao-Manila);
15) 5J 529 (Manila-Busuanga);
16)5J 530 (Busuanga-Manila)
The three delayed flights of Airphils were 2P 045 (Manila- Caticlan); 2P 925 (Manila-Legazpi); and 2P 047 (Manila-Caticlan). At the Manila Domestic Terminal, those cancelled were DG 601 and DG 602 flights.
On Saturday, Cebu Pacific cancelled two flights between Manila and Catarman while inter-island airline SeaAir suspended a round-trip flight to Rodriguez, Palawan.
Airport officials said other flights went ahead as scheduled. They advised passengers to wait for further developments. Cebu Pacific said passengers may rebook flights within 30 days without penalties.
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