Sensationalist headline aside the Cebu-Manila flight I was on today (Sept 14) almost ran out of fuel while we were over NAIA.
Okay, still sensationalist. Let me recap.
My flight from Cebu to Manila, Philippine Airlines PR 1860, was supposed to depart at 4:30PM. Instead we left at around 6:00pm. So far, vexing but normal, end of the day flights are usually delayed around this long.
We get to Manila around 6:45pm and we keep circling and circling. Apparently Manila air traffic had not cleared us to land owing to the congested air traffic situation. Finally the pilot announces that we had reached the minimum fuel level necessary for a safe diversion and as such we were diverting to Clark Airport in order to refuel.
So we basically ran out of fuel while we were circling Manila for almost an hour waiting to land.
Traffic over NAIA is getting to be just as bad as traffic on EDSA.