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CAAP: Operations at quake-hit airports normal

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Aviation Updates Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed that the 6.9-magnitude tremor that wrecked the Southern parts of Mindanao around 2:11pm on Sunday caused no major damages at quake-hit airports in the region.
OPERATIONS REMAIN NORMAL. Following the strongest quake that hit Mindanao in decades, flights were continuing as normal since no major damages were reported by the Philippine aviation regulator. Photo from Dirk Salcedo - PPSG/AUP.
In a response to an e-mail from Aviation Updates Philippines, CAAP said initial post-earthquake reports showed no signs of concern as airports in Zamboanga, Davao, Laguindingan, Cotabato, Butuan, Surigao, Pagadian, and General Santos sustained no damages from the tremblor.

However, the aviation agency noted that the General Santos International Airport reported no damages but lost electricity thereafter. It further explained that there were no commercial power available and the airport was using generator sets so as not to disrupt scheduled operations.

The Philippine Department of Transportation, through a Facebook post, reported that a strong aftershock caused cracks "on the ground near the Passenger Boarding Bridge #5 and International Baggage buildup area" at the Davao International Airport.

The cracks in Davao, fortunately, did not cause disruption of operations since it was not tagged as a major safety issue. Flights resumed shortly after the post-earthquake assessments were finished.

CAAP Operations Center said that they "shall continuously monitor the status of the airports in view of expected aftershocks."

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