Authorities closed Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, yesterday to repair the runway after holes were found in the wing of an EVA aircraft, CNA reported. The damage to the EVA airplane was claimed to have been caused by loose stones on the poorly-maintained runway.
As EVA flight BR271 landed in Manila around noon yesterday, the tires sent pieces of the runway into the wings, causing severe damage. The airport was shut down at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Arriving and departing flights last night were diverted to Clark International Airport over 100 km (62 miles) north of Manila, frustrating travelers who were stranded at the Manila airport.
According to Sleeping in Airports‘ annual list of the world’s worst airports, Manila ranked 8th worst in Asia in 2015. Meanwhile, Taipei Taoyuan International Airport ranked 4th best in the world in the survey.