Clark Airport prepares for Tagaytay radar shutdown


By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

CIAC, AIRLINE OPERATORS MEET TO DISCUSSS FLIGHT DIVERSION WITH RADAR SHUTDOWN – Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (center) meets with members of the Airline Operators’ Council-Manila (AOC-MNL) to discuss plans for the possible diversion of flights from Manila to the Clark International Airport (CRK) due to the temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay radar for maintenance and upgrading on March 6 to 11. The AOC-MNL is composed of airport managers of all airlines flying at NAIA. With Cauguiran are CIAC VP for Airport Operations Dan Bautista and CIAC Terminal Operations Manager Hilarion Ritche Nacpil. Also on hand were ground handlers operating at the Clark airport.

Clark International Airport (CRK) is ready in case flights are diverted from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Clark next week when the Tagaytay radar shuts down temporarily for upgrading and maintenance between March 6 to 11, 2017.

The CRK can accommodate at least 33 aircraft during the day and 26 aircraft at night.

Although two radars will remain operational during the maintenance of the Tagaytay radar, the latter’s temporary shutdown will reduce flights at the NAIA.

The radar upgrading will include a new technology called the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM), a system that ensures safer and more efficient air traffic flow.

“Clark airport is ready should there be flight diversions,” confirmed Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran during his meeting with the Airline Operators’ Council Manila (AOC-MNL) the other day.

CRK has ample aircraft parking slots, hotel accommodations, transportation services, emergency and technical services, he added.