Continental strands Passengers at NAIA

As flight delays lasted 3 days

January 6, 2011

A Boeing 767-300 Continental Airlines plane failed to leave Manila at 11 p.m. on January 3, stranding at least 300 Guam-bound passengers for nearly two days due to a malfunction of the aircraft.

The passengers of Continental Airlines Flight 934 waited until 4 a.m. of January 4 at the boarding gate 5 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 for their departure while the aircraft was being repaired before they were told by the airline that the repair would take some time prompting the airline to booked them to a hotel but without providing for their food other than water, soup and a corned beef sandwich.

On the early morning of January 5, passengers were told to return to NAIA Terminal 1 at 1 a.m. for their supposed 3:30 a.m. departure but no take-off was made by the airline until later in the afternoon.

Manila International Airport general manager Angel Honrado said that since the airline is not Philippine-based, it has no spare aircraft to use.

According to Country Manager Maxima Cabantog, the next Continental Airlines flight brought the spare parts for the defective aircraft which arrived Tuesday night but finished repairing the aircraft only in the afternoon.

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