CAAP sees minimal flight disruptions during May 17 air traffic system maintenance

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) — The two-hour maintenance work on the country's air traffic management system is expected to affect just a few flights, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

At Mactan-Cebu International Airport, CAAP said there will be no flight disruptions, while only four regional flights will be affected at Clark International Airport.

It added that AirAsia Philippines has rescheduled 12 flights on May 16. Two more were also rescheduled while 6 domestic flights were canceled on May 17.

CAAP said shutting down the Philippine airspace during the maintenance activity is no longer necessary as its contractor, P2RO, will provide standby uninterruptible power supply.

But the agency still issued a notice to airmen prohibiting aircraft to fly within Philippine airspace on May 17 from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. as a precautionary measure.

CAAP also said layers of security measures are in place as a contingency. It has coordinated with neighboring countries as well to help monitor the airspace during the maintenance period.

READ: PH airspace shutdown on May 17 shortened to 2 hours

CNN Philippines’ Senior Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.