Flights to Haneda resume after runway collision

Flights to Haneda resume after runway collision

Jan 3, 2024, 8:30 AM
Benjamin Lim

Benjamin Lim


Some commercial flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), bound for Haneda International Airport, have resumed regular operations on Wednesday, January 3, following a runway collision at the Haneda airport the previous day.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that Haneda International Airport in Japan has reopened for commercial operations after several hours of closure following a collision between a Japan Airlines Airbus A350 and a small Japan Coast Guard aircraft.

According to MIAA, Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR424 (Manila to Tokyo Haneda) started accepting passengers for boarding at 8:55 p.m. on Tuesday after Haneda airport runway reopened for commercial flights.

Some Haneda-bound passengers who were stranded for several hours at NAIA, were able to leave past 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.

PAL management on Tuesday night said, "Due to temporary closure of all runways at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, PR424 was earlier put on hold. After receiving the latest briefing from Haneda airport authorities on the opening of certain runways, PR424 is now targeted to depart at 9:30 p.m."

PAL added that "PR423, our flight from Tokyo to Manila, is now scheduled to depart from Haneda at 3:30 a.m., local time on January 3."

On Wednesday, flights belonging to PAL and Japan Airlines left NInoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 8:40 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., respectively, bound for Haneda.

MIAA stated that the flight operations at Haneda airport do not have a significant impact on passengers because the airport uses four runways.

Japan Airlines Flight JL516, carrying 379 passengers, reportedly collided with a Japan Coast Guard Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft as it landed at Haneda Airport Tuesday night.

All passengers and crew aboard the Airbus 350 were able to evacuate to safety while five out of the six passengers inside the Coast Guard plane perished in the accident.

Haneda International Airport serves as the main hub for Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Skymark Airlines, Air Do, Solaseed Air, and Star Flyer.

It was the primary international airport serving Tokyo until 1978. From 1978 to 2010, Haneda handled almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo as well as "scheduled charter" flights to a small number of major cities in East and Southeast Asia, while Narita International Airport handled the vast majority of international flights from further locations.

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