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Officials in Manila have announced that the entire airspace in the Philippines will be closed for approximately six hours on 17 May 2023 due to major maintenance activities. The shutdown will begin at 12 AM and end at 6 AM on the same day, with some buffer periods included in the plan.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has warned that over 100 flights at the country’s main gateway may be affected by the airspace closure, and some of these flights may be cancelled. The officer-in-charge of MIAA, Bryan Co, estimates that around 130 flights carrying roughly 20,000 passengers could be impacted.

In anticipation of the shutdown and potential flight cancellations, airport officials in Manila plan to hold a meeting with all 43 airlines operating at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). During this meeting, they will discuss how to reschedule the affected flights and carry out “recovery flights” to minimize the impact of the airspace closure.