The “fog” that forced the diversion and cancellation of several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Sunday was due to the smoke from firecrackers lighted during the New Year revelry, state weather forecasters said Sunday.
In a post on its Twitter account, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the weather had been calm last night.
“The weather was calm since midnight so the smoke was not dispersed; then before dawn the air temperature and continuing calm wind conditions (were) cool enough for fog formation,” it said.
It added that the contribution of smoke to the fog particles to obscure visibility resulted in a very thick “smog.”
PAGASA’s tweet was in response to netizens’ questions on whether the fog at NAIA came from the lighting of firecrackers.
The smog forced the cancellation of some air carriers’ flights, or at best, their diversion to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
Earlier, Cebu Pacific issued advisories that some of its flights were diverted while others were canceled due to the smog at NAIA.
For its part, flag carrier Philippine Airlines also advised its passengers to expect flight delays since the NAIA “opened late due to poor runway visibility.”
“We are anticipating some delays. Departures/arrivals were on hold due to poor runway visibility. Runway reopened at 9 a.m.,” PAL tweeted. — LBG, GMA News