Friday, March 11, 2011

Civil Aviation Authority to install Precision Approach Path Indicator in Catarman airport

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Mar 10 (PIA) – Governor Paul Daza is elated over the assurance of Director Andrew Basallote, chief of Air Navigation Services of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) of putting up a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) in Catarman Airport. This was learned from the Provincial Information Office.
A PAPI is a visual aid system or light arrayed alongside the runway which provides guidance for the pilot with a safe and accurate glide slope in its final approach to the runway. This will also help the pilot in approaching a runway with very poor visibility.
In a report taken from Sylma Lutao of Northern Samar Provincial Information Office, Daza stressed the importance of installing a PAPI for the safety of travelers as well as of the community, to reduce cancellations of flights in the future.
Report from Provincial Tourism Office disclosed that on its Monthly Actual Load Factor data, 38 of 624 flights to Catarman from January to December 2010 were cancelled while 149 were delayed due to lack of PAPI installed in the Half-a-Century old runway of the capital town of Northern Samar.
There are three airlines carrying passengers that fly Catarman-Manila and vice versa route: Air Philippines (Daily) , Cebu Pacific every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Zest Air on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with Air Philippines also flying to Cebu-Catarman route and vice versa during Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The people of Northern Samar gladly welcome this new development in the Air Transportation.

Neha Jain

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