Many Airline passengers Stranded in Visayas and Mindanao due to Tropical Storm Seniang (Jangmi)

Many Airline passengers  Stranded in Visayas and Mindanao due to  Tropical Storm Seniang (Jangmi)

THOUSANDS of ship and Airline passengers who will be celebrating New Year in the provinces were stranded in various seaports and Airports in Visayas and Mindanao due to the effects of Tropical Storm Seniang (Jangmi).

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) public affAirs chief Commander Armando Balilo said that as 4 a.m. Tuesday, a total of 14,747 passengers were stuck in different sea ports particularly in areas where storm signals are hoisted.  Most of the stranded passengers came from ports of Cebu and Bohol with 7,738 passengers, followed by Iloilo and Bacolod with 3,765 passengers.

Stranded passengers were also recorded in Northern Mindanao (1,668 passengers), Eastern Visayas (1,148) and in Bicol region (155). Balilo said that sea voyage even in some areas without typhoon warning signal was also suspended due to rough sea condition brought by the weather disturbance.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said that some domestic Flights were suspended due to the storm.  In the advisory released by the Philippine Airlines (PAL) and their budget carrier PAL express, Flights affected by the suspension were 2P 2771 / 2772 (Manila-Tagbilaran-Manila); 2P 2021 / 2022 (Manila-Masbate-Manila); 2P 2201 / 2202 (Manila-Roxas-Manila); and 2P 2079 / 2080 Manila-Catarman-Manila.

The country’s flag carrier noted that affected passengers will be automatically rebooked on the next available Flights once weather clears.  They added that passengers have the option to rebook their Flights to their preferred dates without penalties/charges as long as this is carried out within 30 days from the original Flight date.  Budget carrier Cebu Pacific also suspended several Flights from Manila to parts of Visayas and Mindanao.