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80 flights affected by air traffic computer glitch

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By Ariel Fernandez

A total of 80 flights, both domestic and international, were delayed due to a glitch that affected the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) computer system on Tuesday morning, resulting in reduced arrival and departure rate of aircrafts for about 30 minutes.

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CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the incident required contingency standard procedures, which will space out flight sequences while maintaining safe control of air traffic flow.

“We have already coordinated with the airlines, as well as relevant authorities, who are now addressing the issue. An investigation is likewise ongoing to determine the cause of the incident. Updates will be provided once available,” Apolonio said.

“We appeal for your patience and understanding as we work towards normalizing our operations as soon as possible,” he added.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade ordered CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco to investigate the cause of the glitch.

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