A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Aviation authorities announced a 24-hour suspension in all flight operations from 10am November 1, 2020, due to the supertyphoon Goni expected to pummel the islands from Sunday. Image Credit: EPA

MANILA: Flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport here had been shut down, affecting at least 60 inbound and outbound flights from November 1 due to a supertyphoon pummeling the eastern parts of the Philippines from Sunday. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) would be closed to all types of flight operations from November 1 to November 2, 2020.

Halt in flight operations from 10am, November 1

NAIA, Manila's only international airport, will temporarily halt flight operations from 10 am on November 1 to 10 am on November 2, according to a MIAA flight advisory as of 10pm on Saturday (October 31, 2020). Weathermen said Goni (local code: "Rolly"), which packs up to 265 kph (164 mph) of gusts, is rated as Tropical Storm Signal No. 4 (equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic) now barreling through Cantanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines and Quezon provinces on Sunday morning.

Residents shared videos of the typhoon's initial landfall, taken early on Sunday:


"In order to protect the safety of air passengers and personnel from the threats of Typhoon Rolly (Goni), and as a result of a meeting this afternoon with the Airline Operators Council (AOC), the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines (ACAP), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Pagasa NAIA station, the Manila International Airport Authority announces the 24-hour closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to all typesp of flight operations from 10am of November 1 to 10am of November 2," it said in a statement.

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“Violent winds and intense rainfall associated with the inner rainband-eyewall region will be experienced over Catanduanes, Camarines Provinces tomorrow early morning through afternoon and over Quezon tomorrow afternoon through evening,” weathermen said in a statement on Saturday.

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Following is the list of cancelled flights so far, based on a social media statement from MIAA.

International Flights cancelled on October 31, 2020

  • PR105 San Francisco - Manila

(PR) Philippine Airlines, November 1, 2020

  • PR 102 Manila-Los Angeles
  • PR 110 Manila-Guam
  • PR 300 Manila-Hong Kong

NAIA Terminal 2 (PR) Philippine Airlines

International Flights:

  • PR 103 Los Angeles-Manila
  • PR 301 Hong Kong-Manila
  • PR 411 Osaka Kansai-Manila
  • PR 421 Tokyo Haneda-Manila
  • PR 425 Fukuoka-Manila
  • PR 427 Tokyo Narita-Manila
  • PR 502 Singapore-Manila
  • PR 5655 Riyadh-Manila

(PR) Philippine Airlines Domestic Flights

  • PR 1859/1860 Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • PR 2041/2042 Manila-Caticlan-Manila
  • PR 2132 Bacolod-Manila
  • PR 2132 Bacolod-Manila
  • PR 2522 Cagayan de Oro-Manila
  • PR 2784 Pagadian-Manila
  • PR 2935 Butuan-Manila
  • PR 2985/2986 Manila-Tacloban-Manila
  • PR 2970 Kalibo-Manila
  • PR 2997/2998 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila

NAIA Terminal 3 (Etihad Airways)

  • EY 424/423 Abu Dhabi-Manila-Abu Dhabi

NAIA Terminal 3 (5J) Cebu Pacific


  • 5J 787 Manila-Butuan
  • 5J 788 Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 391 Manila-Cagayan de Oro
  • 5J 392 Cagayan de Oro-Manila
  • 5J 562 Cebu-Manila
  • 5J 704 Dipolog-Manila
  • 5J 772 Pagadian-Manila
  • 5J 653 Manila-Tacloban
  • 5J 654 Tacloban-Manila

NAIA Terminal 3 (DG) CebGo

  • DG 6242 Boracay-Manila
  • DG 6024 Manila-Cauayan
  • DG 6025 Cauayan-Manila

Canceled flights November 2, 2020 (Monday) due to bad weather as of 2000H – 10/31/2020

NAIA Terminal 1 (PR) Philippine Airlines

  • PR 422 Manila – Tokyo Haneda
  • PR 438 Manila – Nagoya
  • PR 507 Manila – Singapore
  • PR 525 Manila – Kuala Lumpur
  • PR 526 Kuala Lumpur – Manila

NAIA Terminal 2 (PR) Philippine Airlines

International Flights

  • PR 111 Guam – Manila
  • PR 421 Tokyo Haneda – Manila
  • PR 437 Nagoya – Manila
  • PR 508 Singapore – Manila

Domestic Flights (PR) Philippine Airlines

  • PR 453 Manila-General Santos
  • PR 454 General Santos-Manila
  • PR 1813 Manila-Davao
  • PR 1814 Davao-Manila
  • PR 1845 Manila-Cebu
  • PR 1846 Cebu-Manila
  • PR 2141 Manila-Iloilo
  • PR 2521 Manila-Cagayan de Oro
  • PR 2934 Manila-Butuan
  • PR 2557 Manila-Dipolog
  • PR 2558 Dipolog-Manila
  • PR 2985 Manila-Cagayan de Oro

During the 24-hour closure, the NAIA Terminals would be closed, and passengers were advised not go to the NAIA during the closure. Passengers were also advised to immediately coordinate with their airlines for instructions on their new flight schedules.

Once the NAIA reopens at 10 am on November 2, priority will be given to scheduled flights on the same day. Flights affected by the 24-hour closure will be slotted in a way that would cause a minimal delay in the passengers' travel plans, MIAA stated.