By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The Sayak Airport in Siargao Island is back to its normal operation, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Wednesday.
Caraga Region CAAP Area Manager Evangeline F. Dava told the Manila Bulletin on Wednesday that the operation of Sayak Airport located in Del Carmen, Siargao island, Surigao del Norte, is already back to normal, after a plane runway overshoot on Tuesday.
“The operation here is already back to normal as flights coming in and out from this airport have already resumed,” said Ms. Dava, in phone interview with The Manila Bulletin on Wednesday.
The operation of Sayak Airport was temporarily halted on Tuesday after Skyjet RP-C3855 overshot by a few meters the end of the runway at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, the Caraga Region CAAP Area Manager said.
However, she said no one was hurt among the 73 passengers. “Thanks God at walang nasaktan,” she said.
She said the cause of the incident is still under investigation by the CAAP.
“However, in our initial talk with the pilot of the Skyjet, he said that he saw a bird ahead but that it was too late to pull up the plane,” Ms. Dava said.
“Our investigation is still ongoing,” she added.
Meanwhile, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas said she was grateful that none of the passengers was hurt during the Sayak Airport incident. “Salamat sa Diyos that none of the passengers was hurt,” she said in phone interview on Wednesday.
The provincial government is eyeing to expand, make bigger and wider the Sayak Airport to accommodate the increasing number of tourists, both foreign and domestic, she said.
“Along with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Jose F. Matugas ll, we are already closely coordinating with Department of Transportation Sec. Art Tugade for the opening of a full-blown Siargao International Airport, that is why we are expanding the roads leading to the Sayak airport terminal,” Gov. Matugas added.