THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued an updated Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) to inform and alert flying aircraft of the current alert levels and associated risks in light of the ongoing unrest at the Taal, Mayon volcanoes, including Kanlaon.
NOTAM B1957/23 has been issued to address the current alert level of Kanlaon Volcano. The volcano is currently on alert level 1, indicating an abnormal condition.
Flight operators are strongly advised to avoid flying in close proximity to the volcano’s summit due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions.
Such eruptions may pose a significant hazard to aircraft from the surface up to 10,000 feet. Additionally, entry within the 4km radius of the permanent danger zone of Kanlaon Volcano has been prohibited.
NOTAM B1958/23 has been issued to highlight the alert level status of Taal Volcano. The volcano is presently on alert level 1, indicating low-level unrest.
Flight operators are advised to steer clear of the volcano’s summit as airborne ash and ballistic fragments resulting from sudden explosions can pose significant hazards to aircraft from the surface up to 10,000 feet. In relation to this, entry to the island where Taal Volcano is situated has been prohibited.
NOTAM B1959/23 has been issued to address the increasing unrest at Mayon Volcano. The volcano is currently on alert level 2. Flight operators are strongly advised to avoid flying near the summit of Mayon Volcano and entry within the 6km radius of the permanent danger zone of Mayon Volcano has been prohibited.
The CAAP operates seven airports in the Bicol Region, namely: Bulan Airport, Sorsogon Airport, Daet Airport, Masbate Airport, Naga Airport, Virac Airport, and Bicol International Airport.
The CAAP stressed the significance of following the updated NOTAMs to guarantee the security of all air travel.
The aviation authority continues closely monitoring the volcanic activities and will provide further updates as necessary.