Following a strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake near Angeles City in the Philippines, Clark Airport serving the region north of the capital Manila as an important domestic and international airport has been severely damaged.
Pictures on social media are showing that parts of the roof have collapsed into the check-in hall. Seven people were reportedly injured in the incident. The airport is currently closed until further notice and all flights which were in the air during the quake have been diverted to nearby Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport or have returned to their departure city.
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Clark serves as a smaller-sized focus airport for various airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Philippines Air Asia. Qatar Airways and Emirates also provide daily non-stop services from their respective hubs in the Middle East, alongside several other Asian carriers serving cities in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. More than 2.6 million passengers travelled through Clark Airport in 2018.
It is currently not known when the airport will be reopened.
Jan-Hendrik is an aviation enthusiast from Germany, loves to travel the world and fly on as many aircraft as possible. His first flight was with a Condor 757 to Spain and has been interested in aviation ever since. His fields of expertise are aircraft accidents and passenger experience (PaxEx).