April 04, 2012 11:25
Philippine authorities have ordered ships and planes to avoid eastern parts of the country during North Korea's rocket launch, which is expected in the morning of April 12 to 16, the country's Civil Aviation Authority said on Tuesday.
Around 20 flights connecting South Korea, the U.S., Japan and the Philippines are apparently affected.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines met with officials from related government ministries and designated skies around Luzon Island off limits to planes during the expected period of the rocket launch. Council officials said they discussed steps to respond to the North Korean rocket should it stray off its intended course.
Meanwhile, an official at the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs here said no Korean passenger planes will be affected during the timeframe of the expected North Korean rocket launch. "All passenger flights by Korean flag carriers will operate normally," he added.
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