DUE TO TAAL ERUPTION
Due to the eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines, Skymark Airlines Inc.’s flight from Saipan to Narita, Japan was cancelled yesterday, while United Airlines flights between Guam and Manila were cancelled Sunday.
Skymark Airlines International Flight Preparation Office assistant general manager John Furuya told Saipan Tribune that they cancelled yesterday’s Saipan-Narita flight and that they are now planning an extra (rescue) flights, subject to the final weather check this morning, Tuesday, for those passengers that were originally coming in yesterday from Narita, and for those passengers originally going out yesterday for Narita.
Furuya said two flights for today, Tuesday, will be operated as normal and on schedule, but subject to the final weather check.
Furuya said he was just lucky enough to arrive on Saipan last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Corporate Communications of United Airlines said the airline’s Guam-Manila 183 flight and Manila-Guam 184 flight were cancelled Sunday due to the volcanic eruption.
“We continue to monitor the situation and protect the affected customers with the first available flights,” according to a United statement.
Thousands of residents were evacuated from municipalities near Taal as the volcano reportedly continued to spew lava and ash early morning yesterday, with ash clouds reaching the Metro Manila area.