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Zamboanga International Airport night operations suspended

Zamboanga International Airport
The online news portal of TV5

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has suspended the night operations of the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA), a CAAP official disclosed Saturday.

“Our operations will only be from sunrise to sundown,” said CAAP Zamboanga manager Celso Bayabos.

Bayabos said the suspension of operation came after several of their facilities stopped operating following a short circuit incident Friday evening.

Bayabos said the constant current regulator box at the main power room was damaged brought about by the short circuit incident that occurred “during change power” after a power supply interruption.

Zamboanga City had been experiencing a three-hour rotational brownouts for the past weeks due to the shortage of power in Mindanao.

Bayabos said they suspended the night operations citing the airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS) -- runway and approach lights -- were among the facilities that were affected by the short circuit.

Bayabos said that its good they have already managed to restore the airport's control tower electrical lines bringing back to life the communication facilities.

Bayabos said they already issued a “notice to airmen” (NOTAM) that ZIA's night operations had been suspended starting Friday night.

Two regular daily flights from Manila to Zamboanga City are affected in the suspension of the airport's operations at night time, Bayabos said.


CAAP Zamboanga City personnel are working double time to restore back the airport's power room, he said.