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CAAP Reopens 8 Airports Affected by Typhoon Yolanda, 4 Remain Closed

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has lifted its Notice to Airmen on eight airports affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda last Friday, November 8.

According to CAAP, Iloilo, Caticlan, Romblon, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Masbate, Legaspi and Surigao airports are now back to normal operations.

Roxas Airport is still closed until Today, November 10. Meanwhile, Kalibo Airport is expected to resume operations tomorrow.

Tacloban and Busuanga airports are still closed due to severe damage when Super Typhoon Yolanda directly hit this area on Friday.

In Tacloban, CAAP Area Manager Efren Nagrama reported that there are no casualties at the Tacloban Airport but communication are limited because of brown out. The report added that his team, composed of 25 CAAP, Aviation Security and other airport personnel had started clearing the airport runway since yesterday. Meanwhile, ground personnel reported that around 100 presumed dead bodies are littered on the street near Tacloban airport with around 100 more injured and requesting for medical evacuation and additional medical personnel.

CAAP Deputy Director John C. Andrews was directed to fly to Tacloban Airport bringing with him much needed supplies of food, medicine and a set of CAAP communications equipment. Bayantel volunteered to install VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) equipment at Tacloban Airport.

CAAP Director GeneralWilliam K. Hotchkiss III and his team are expected to arrive  today to assess the situation.