MANILA, Philippines- The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (DZR), also known as the Tacloban airport, is set to resume normal operations on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Wednesday.

CAAP made the announcement after reporting that runway repairs were finished three days ahead of the targeted completion.

The airport was initially supposed to open on May 10.

“Effective 5 am of May 7, 2015, Tacloban Airport will be back to normal operation that caters Airbus flights,” CAAP’s notice to the public relayed by Tacloban Airport Manager Antonio Alfonso, showed.

The notice also stated that the airport’s hours of operation will be 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Management has meanwhile requested passengers to coordinate with their respective airlines to further flight details and arrangements.

With the resumption of normal operations at Tacloban Airport, bigger aircraft will already be allowed to mount flights that bring in more passengers.

To recall, operations at the airport were limited due to efforts of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to rehabilitate what was among the most heavily damaged airports by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) which hit the country on Nov. 8, 2013.

DOTC said that improvements for the damaged Tacloban Airport cost about Php 43.65 million. (PNA)

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