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Philippine airspace to shutdown on May 17

Therdy Mendoza

May 3, 2023

  • The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the entire Philippine Airspace will be shut down on May 17, 2023 for 6 hours, to give way for the maintenance of the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) of the country’s air traffic management system.

    MIAA senior assistant general manager Bryan Co said that the closure on May 17 will be from midnight to 6AM.

    Co also urged the airlines to inform the passengers early. “The earlier the airlines can advise the passenger, because of the planned changes in the itinerary. What will happen there is for six hours, there will be no activity in our airspace,” he added

    He also added that the maintenance hours may be shorter than 6 hours but they plan to fully utilize the whole 6 hours. 

    According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the chosen hours for the maintenance are the “least disrupted.” CAAP also issued a public advisory. Saying a maintenance will undergo today May 3, and on the 17th of May conducted at the air traffic management center.

    The CAAP further added that maintenance activity will affect flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport and Mactan-Cebu International Airport, as well as several flights at the other 42 CAAP commercially operated airports.



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