MANILA-- Stranded passengers of Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 655 originally scheduled to depart Thursday from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will arrive in Manila on Saturday morning.
According to PAL, the flight did not push through due to an aircraft condition. It was supposedly set to depart Riyadh April 6 at 6:50 p.m. (local time) and arrive in Manila Friday at 10:05 a.m.
Almost 400 passengers had to disembark. PAL said they were given hotel accommodations, except for some who were not allowed by the Immigration officers to leave the airport since they only had exit passes.
PAL Riyadh officials have coordinated with the Immigration officers in Saudi Arabia to allow the passengers to leave the airport and just return for the new flight schedule.
About 100 have remained stranded at the King Khalid International Airport.
To help alleviate the inconvenience of these passengers, PAL on Friday evening said it would accommodate them to a flight which departs from Riyadh at 8 p.m. (local time), and arrive in Manila Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
"We made a request, and passengers who originally booked for the 8 p.m. flight gave way and will just take the early morning flight that is supposed to fly the stranded passengers," PAL told the Philippine News Agency.
It added that all the stranded passengers can be accommodated in the evening flight, except for 10 who were able to rebook their flights earlier.
Earlier, the airline said the target departure was on April 8 at 4 a.m. (local time) and will arrive in Manila at 6:30 p.m. (PST). That flight will be taken by those who originally booked for the April 7 evening flight.
Hotel accommodations were provided to those passengers, according to PAL.
Source: Philippines News Agency