Dumaguete airport back to normal after PAL blocks Dumaguete runway

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Dumaguete Airport resumes normal operations Wednesday morning following closure of runway 09 due to an aircraft which had tire trouble shortly after landing.

“The PAL (Philippine Airlines) plane was transferred to ramp at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Normal operations started at 6 a.m. today after our runway inspection and clearing,” Dumaguete Airport manager Mark Diamaoden told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a text message.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), PAL flight PR2541 (Manila-Dumaguete) experienced tire failure while landing, damaging the left main gear of its rubber tires.

This led CAAP to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and declared runway closure.

Several PAL and Cebu Pacific flights were cancelled due to the incident.

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio earlier told the PNA that commercial aircraft cannot be accommodated while runway 09 is closed. The runway, however, can accommodate trainer planes since these only require a small portion of the runway.

Meanwhile, both PAL and aviation authorities reported that all passengers of flight PR2541 were deplaned safely. (PNA)