No Fly Zone During Pope's Visit

20 December 2014

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) has announced that it will close the runway and the airspace in Manila and Tacloban during arrival and departure of His Holiness Pope Francis next month.

CAAP advised airlines, cargo and general aviation operators that on January 15, NAIA primary runway 06/24 and secondary runway 13/31 would be closed beginning 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. for all arriving flights, while departing flights would be allowed to operate from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

A no-fly zone would also be implemented and no ground air traffic movement would be accommodated in NAIA from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive from Sri Lanka on board SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330 around 5:30 p.m. He will fly Philippine Airlines A321 aircraft to Tacloban City in the morning of January 17.

CAAP also said the Tacloban airport would be closed to all air traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 17, except aircraft that carries the papal entourage. NAIA runways would be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Only aircraft departing from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. would be allowed at the NAIA on Jan. 19.

A no-fly zone would also be in effect on Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as the pope is scheduled to leave for Rome on board a Philippine Airlines Airbus A330-300 plane.


  1. Tacloban is closed from morning to night on Jan 17?

    Also, what in the world is "ground air traffic movement"?