Crowds gather at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines on January 1, 2023.


Philippines to shut down airspace on May 17, flights suspended in 44 airports

Flights to and from Philippine airports are expected to be suspended on May 17 as the country shuts down its airspace for six hours of maintenance work.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the airspace shutdown will run from 12am to 6am, suspending operations at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center.

The move will affect flights to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and several flights in 42 other airports in the country. MIAA expects flights to resume by 6am, with the arrival of inbound flights at 7am.

Speaking to, representatives of UAE-based airlines Emirates and Etihad said that passengers who have booked flight tickets within the affected period on May 17 will be notified via email of any change in their flight schedule.

The scheduled maintenance work on the Philippines’ air traffic system comes after a technical glitch on January 1 affected more than 56,000 passengers and more than 300 flights.

That day, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system failed, leading to a massive disruption of operations at the country’s main gateway of NAIA. ICA/Expat Media

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