PAL resumes flights to Cotabato City after runway repairs

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  • Philippine Airlines will resume regular flights to and from Cotabato City starting October 1, following the completion of repair work on the runway at Cotabato (Awang) Airport
  • PAL will operate three domestic flights to and from Cotabato Airport
  • Flight operations at Cotabato Airport were suspended on June 21 for runway repairs, affecting both PAL and Cebu Pacific
  • The Department of Transportation invested P340.55 million to upgrade the Cotabato Airport runway and expand the passenger terminal building

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume regular flights to and from Cotabato City starting October 1, following the completion of repair work on the runway at Cotabato (Awang) Airport.

Effective October 1, the flag carrier will operate the following domestic flights to and from Cotabato Airport:

  • Manila-Cotabato-Manila – daily
  • Cebu-Cotabato-Cebu – Monday and Thursday
  • Cotabato-Tawi-Tawi-Cotabato – Monday and Thursday

“We welcome the reopening of Cotabato’s Awang Airport for full operations by larger aircraft,” PAL Express (PALEx) president Rabbi Vincent Ang said in a statement. PALEx is the sister airline of PAL.

“We look forward to serving the people of Cotabato and our passengers traveling to and within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with our flights from Manila, Cebu, and Tawi-Tawi, and we congratulate the aviation authorities and the BARMM government for their efforts to upgrade infrastructure in the interests of safety and efficiency,” Ang added.

Flight operations at Cotabato Airport were suspended on June 21 after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines issued a Notice to Airmen that prohibited take-off and landing at Runway 28 to expedite the repair works on the runway. PAL and Cebu Pacific cancelled flights at the airport starting June 22.

The Department of Transportation has downloaded P340.55 million to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the asphalt overlay of the Cotabato Airport runway. The airport’s passenger terminal building was also expanded to increase its capacity to 360 passengers at any given time from the previous capacity of 250 passengers.

On August 19, the airport resumed morning flights from 7 to 11:59 a.m. daily after DPWH and its contractor partially completed the asphalt overlay works two days before to have the airport ready to accommodate commercial flights.

READ: Cotabato airport morning flights back as runway works continue

Located in Barangay Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Cotabato Airport serves the general area of Cotabato City and municipalities near Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. It is under the management of the Ministry of Transportation and Communication in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.