An unexpected travel crisis and its impact on the Philippine maritime industry...
Find out how ATPI Marine & Energy's 24/7 support team helped clients to manage travel when a key travel hub was closed
On 16th August 2018, Xiamen Airlines flight MF8667 crash-landed at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the Philippines.
Fortunately, none of the 165 people on board were seriously injured, but the accident did cause major disruptions at the airport. During the landing, the plane’s left engine was ripped off, creating tremendous debris that blocked the runway and forced its closure until the morning of 20th August.
This resulted in 269 flight cancellations, hundreds of delayed journeys and thousands of stranded passengers from 16th – 20th August. For travelling maritime personnel, the paralysed operations of the country’s main gateway created a domino effect – compromising crew rotations, project deadlines, productivity and trading.