The new Cat III 420 Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and a Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) intended for runway 06 and 24 of Manila International Airport finally arrived Sunday night after two months of delay.
The instrument should have been installed last May 29 to replace one that went out of commission a year ago but because of the closure of European Airspace there were delays on cargo shipment from the continent.
Had they been installed on time, they could have prevented the repeated closure of Manila airport due to bad weather. The new instrument will replace the old ILS at runway 06 and 24 and they are scheduled to be up and running by the middle of August.
“The ILS was late in coming because the European airspace was closed for weeks during the eruption of Iceland volcano, cutting off all European flights to Manila,” Manila International Airport Authority chief Melvin Matibag had explained prior to his replacement on July 9.
Matibag was replaced by retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Jose Angel Honrado, who took over the post Friday.
Thales Philippines, a local subsidiary, said that it would take at least four weeks for the contractor to install and calibrate the ILS.
"They would be installed by Integrated Energy Systems & Resources, Inc., in cooperation with Thales ATM Project Engineers" Thales statement said.
Asia- Pacific countries utilizing Thales equipment include: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.