Computer glitch forces airspace closure, flight delays at Manila airport

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — Manila’s airspace was locked down for about 30 minutes on Tuesday due to a computer glitch in the Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) system, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

In a statement, CAAP said the system encountered the glitch Tuesday morning, causing “reduced arrival and departing rate of aircrafts” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“The incident required contingency standard procedures, which will space out flight sequences while maintaining safe control of air traffic flow throughout,” CAAP said.

Authorities have also launched an investigation on the matter.

CAAP said that by 1 p.m., there were no more aircraft on hold as officials have resolved the glitch in less than an hour.

“The ATMC expects that the Air Traffic Flow control is are now stable and is back to normal operations,” it added.