Surigao Airport Closed Due to Earthquake Damage

PALEX Cancels Flights

11 February 2017

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has closed Surigao Airport this morning due to massive damage of its runway caused by intensity 6.7 earthquake that hit the city at 10:03pm last night. The airport closure is expected to last until March 10 as airport authorities rushes emergency repair works.

CAAP Surigao said the runway ground is still moving up to this writing due to aftershocks.

Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines subsidiary PAL Express (PAL) suspended its flights to the airport and offered free rebooking to the nearby Butuan Airport. PAL said they will accommodate Surigao-bound passengers via Butuan.

Cebu Pacific (CEB)  in its latest bulletin has also suspended flights to the airport until further notice.

PAL flies to Manila while CEB flies to Cebu from Surigao Airport.


  1. In this scenario, Surigao Airport is no longer usable due to fault line created by earthquake. New airport should be built.

  2. Very unlikely. The last major earthquake recorded in this area was 138 years ago on July 1, 1879 when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault.