Surigao airport reopens after powerful earthquake

February 23 2017 3:05 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Thursday, February 23 announced the reopening of the Surigao Airport, after a magnitude 6.7 quake damaged its run-way last February 10.

“Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued today, a notice to airmen (NOTAM- CO161/17) opening Surigao Airport for commercial operations effective today, 6:00 am. February 23,2017,” it said on Thursday, February 23.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22 Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade with other transportation officials inspected the airport, the People’s Television (PTV-4) reported.

Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP deputy director general for operations said that a 1,000-meter length out of 1,700-meter runway was declared usable and safe for operations, the report said.

Tamayo said, it would take four months to complete the renovation of the airport and nine months to fully restore the 1,700-meter runway.

Commercial flights to Surigao airport were operated by Pal Express and Cebu Pacific . The airport services turbo propeller aircraft type like Q4 and ATR’s..

Surigao Airport was closed for operations last Feb 11 after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Surigao del Norte that partially damaged the airport runway.