C130 to provide Ferry Flights out of Zamboanga

11 September 2013

The Philippine Air Force will ferry passengers out of Zamboanga City starting tomorrow using a single C-130 plane to General Santos City.

The Civil  Aviation  Authority of  the Philippines (CAAP) closed Zamboanga  International Airport Monday due  to reported firing incidents by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members to approaching civil and military aircraft landing from the east.

CAAP Director General William Hotckiss III issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airman) closing commercial air operations of Zamboanga International Airport to all carriers except military aircraft.

US and PAF Military planes are currently doing approach landing and departure at runway 09.

The lone PAF C-130 plane is currently stationed in Edwin Andrew Airbase which brought military reinforcements from other regions.

Ferry schedules are as follows:
  • 9:00 am  Philippine Airlines ticket holders
  • 1:00 pm  Cebu Pacific ticket holders
Return flights of the C-130 is expected to carry relief goods carried by airlines.

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific will provide connecting flights from General Santos to Manila.


  1. Stranded passengers were flown to Cebu instead of General Santos today. Priority for PAF flights out of Zamboanga were Hajj pilgrims who will take pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia later this week.

    Other non-pilgrim passengers affected are advised to take Manila and Cebu via the airports of Dipolog and Pagadian.

  2. PAL Express are directing Zamboanga passengers to proceed to Dipolog airport for flights to Manila while Cebu Pacific is offering the airports of Dipolog and Pagadian for connecting flights from/to Zamboanga.