Rainy season’s first typhoon cancels flights, claims 20

TYPHOON Rammasun sped through Manila for three hours yesterday, stripping the capital city of power and tragically taking 20 lives, while shutting down flight operations for the morning.

Airlines took quickly to social media platforms on Tuesday and Wednesday to announce flight cancellations.

Cebu Pacific Air cancelled international flights to Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok and Osaka, as well as a host of domestic flights.

Likewise Philippine Airlines announced on Tuesday that it was scrapping international flights to destinations including Riyadh, Fukuoka, Bangkok, Seoul, Los Angeles, Toronto, among others, and many domestic services.

According to Inquirer.net, the news website of the Philippines’ most-read daily The Philippine Daily Inquirer, airport operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were grounded between 07.00 to 10.40 yesterday while the typhoon passed.

The eye of the typhoon locally known as Glenda passed through the south of the city, bringing winds at up to 120kph and gusts of up to 165kph, said the Inquirer.net article.

Aircraft parked at NAIA were not spared either. A Singapore Airlines aircraft hit an air bridge, breaking its left wing, while a Malaysian Airlines airplane’s right fuselage was damaged when it rammed into service stairs at the terminal, blown by strong typhoon winds.

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