Surigao airport to resume operations next week

Richmond Mercurio - The Philippine Star
Surigao airport to resume operations next week
People queue up to board a humanitarian flight out of Siargao airport in Del Carmen, Siargao island on December 21, 2021, days after Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) hit the island.
AFP / Roel Catoto

MANILA, Philippines — The Surigao Airport in Surigao del Norte, which was damaged by Typhoon Odette, is expected to resume operations by next week.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said airport officials committed a one-week window after he instructed them to expedite rehabilitation works.

The Surigao Airport is currently open only to government, emergency, cargo and humanitarian flights.

“We cannot cry forever. We have to work. We have to bounce back. With this, I instructed airport officials to expedite rehabilitation works to ensure commercial operations in 10 days,” Tugade said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines had earlier said many of the airports that were affected by the typhoon are experiencing power outage and telecommunication signal loss.

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