NAIA to Get Long-Term Fix for Runway Problems in 2018

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The problem on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway, which caused flight delays recently, will get a long-term fix in 2018, according to Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal. The runway will get an asphalt overlay to cover potholes and make it safe for airplanes to pass on.

“Once we come up with a program by the first quarter of next year, we would have a deeper asphalt overlay on the area where airplanes pass through on the center line,” said Monreal in an interview with DZMM.

Monreal said the old asphalt peeled off a portion of NAIA’s international runway that resulted to a huge pothole and lead to a 3-hour emergency repair.

He also mentioned that the NAIA runway was built 5 years ago and could only last 6 to 8 years.

On Tuesday, the runway problem diverted 17 flights to the Clark International Airport. Moreover, there was cancellation of 9 flights and a delay to 7 others.

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