Power Failure shutdowns Airport

Blackouts paralyzed airport

March 24, 2012

Zamboanga International Airport became the latest victim of the power outages that plagued Mindanao as it shut down airport operation Friday night due to power failure.

CAAP managed to restore power to the airport's control tower but the power that run its Instrument Landing System (ILS) equipment was fried by intermittent and changing power, report from the the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

“We don't have a working ILS and power for our runway lights are busted, so we have to suspend night operations for safety concerns,” said Zamboanga airport manager Celso Bayabos.

Zamboanga City had been experiencing a three-hour rotational brownouts for the past weeks due to the shortage of power in Mindanao.

Two regular daily flights from Manila to Zamboanga City are affected by the closing of the airport after sundown. They are flights operated by Airphil Express and Philippine Airlines.

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