By Ariel Fernandez
Four international and domestic flights were diverted from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Parañaque City to the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga Wednesday night due to the heavy rains and lightning that hit Metro Manila.
Civil Aviation Authority Of The Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio said two international flights of Philippine Airlines (PAL) were diverted to CIA after finding it hard to land on the runway of NAIA.
PAL flight PR-113 from San Francisco California and PAL flight PR-721 from London were able to land in Clark and successfully made the trip back to Manila after the rains stopped later in the night.
Cebu Pacific flight 5J-954 from Davao also safety landed back in Manila at around 8:57, after it was also diverted to CIA. A light plane (APG-353) was also able to make it back to Manila.
Apolonio said the decision of the airlines to divert their flights to CIA was to avoid any accidents with regard sleek runways, just like what happened last when a Xiamen Air plane skidded off the runway. The accident paralyzed NAIA operations for days.