TAGBILARAN CITY – Bad day for Air Asia? Practically, all flights to and from this narrow city airport yesterday were grounded to a halt. The cause: flat tire of Air Asia plane that just landed in city airport yesterday morning, according to an airport worker whose name is withheld. The source said that the incident (flat tire) caused the diversion of other air travels coming in here from Manila, two flights of Philippine Airlines, one each of Tiger/AirAsia and Cebu Pacific. Cebu Pacific en route here had to make landing in Mactan-Cebu airport, he said.
Waiting passengers at the city airport are stranded following the incident. The passengers appeared no options since they were not be able to take the sea transpo since no fast craft or vessel was allowed to sail as Bohol is placed under signal number one yesterday due to typhoon tropical depression “Seniang,” reports from city port said. When there’s a plane that experiences technical causes, no other plane can land the city airport until the “defective” plane is fixed.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has imposed one-plane landing at a time considering the narrow runway and limited space for “apron” of the city airport.
This was not the first time that a plane is stranded at the airport. There were two others for other causes in past months, report said.
The source said company workers tried to fix the flat tire until past four PM yesterday. If they did, then it may take off early morning today.
Another unfortunate scenario is that AirAisa jet en route to Singapore from Indonesia has disappeared yesterday, news reports said. Air Asia along with other airlines is the newest in local and international aviation trade.