NAIA runway reopens after more than 24 hours of closure

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Cranes lift the Xiamen Air aircraft from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after it skidded off the runway Thursday evening.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 18) — The main runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was reopened Saturday, after authorities cleared it of the debris left by a plane which skidded off late Thursday evening.

The Xiamen Airlines aircraft went off the runway around 11:55 p.m. Thursday , but all 157 passengers and crew of the flight were evacuated safely, MIAA said. The runway was closed since Friday morning to remove the plane off the vicinity.

But the runway closure led to over a hundred local and international flights cancelled or diverted on Friday. Some flights were also cancelled Saturday.

READ: NAIA runway closure extended until 5 a.m. Saturday after plane skids off

Airport officials have identified 74 flights cancelled on Saturday.

Here are the list of flight cancellations as of 12:30 p.m.

Terminal 2

Philippine Airlines

  • PR 453/454 MNL-GES-MNL
  • PR 408 MNL-KIX
  • PR 1845/1846 MNL-CEB-MNL

Terminal 3

Cebu Pacific

  • 5J 381 CGY-MNL
  • 5J 804 SIN-MNL
  • 5J 040 SYD-MNL
  • 5J 049/050 MNL-MEL-MNL
  • 5J 929/930 MNL-BKK-MNL
  • 5J 5054/5055 MNL-NRT-MNL
  • 5J 110/111 MNL- HKG-MNL
  • 5J 599 CEB-DVO
  • 5J 792 BXU-MNL
  • 5J 991/992 MNL-GES-MNL
  • 5J 590/551 CEB-MNL-CEB
  • 5J 963/964 MNL-DVO-MNL
  • 5J 649/650 MNL-TAC-MNL
  • 5J 771/772 MNL-PAG-MNL
  • 5J 323/324 MNL-LGP-MNL
  • 5J 187 ICN-MNL

  • 5J 791 MNL-BXU
  • 5J 561/562 MNL-CEB-MNL
  • 5J 963/964 MNL-DVO-MNL
  • 5J 771/772 MNL-PAG-MNL
  • 5J 323/324 MNL-LGP-MNL
  • 5J 567 MNL-CEB
  • 5J 553 MNL-CEB
  • 5J 975 MNL-DVO
  • 5J 639/640 MNL-PPS-MNL
  • 5J 375/376 MNL-RXS-MNL
  • 5J 377/378 MNL-CGY-MNL
  • 5J 447/448 MNL-ILO-MNL
  • 5J 861/862 MNL-ZAM-MNL
  • 5J 793/794 MNL-BXU-MNL
  • 5J 703/704 MNL-DPL-MNL
  • 5J 468 ILO-MNL
  • 5J 382 CGY-MNL
  • 5J 791/792 MNL-BXU-MNL
  • 5J 562 CEB-MNL
  • 5J 389/390 MNL-CGY-MNL
  • 5J 487/488 MNL-BCD-MNL
  • 5J 627/628 MNL-DGT-MNL
  • 5J 657/658 MNL-TAC-MNL
  • 5J 506/507 MNL-TUG-MNL
  • 5J 565/566 MNL-CEB-MNL

Officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are probing the incident, including the possible liability of the pilot. CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco refused to name the pilot. Chinese counterparts are expected to help in the probe.

CAAP also apologized to thousands of affected passengers. Monreal said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered them to "open the runway safe" for the public.