Foreigners stranded in NAIA by travel ban finally get flights out

Published February 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ariel Fernandez

Some foreign passengers who were stranded were able to fly back to their countries on foreign commercial flights after local carriers canceled their flights to and from China, Hong Kong, and Macau after the government imposed a travel ban on Feb. 2.

Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval (PCOO)
Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval (PCOO)

Among the passengers were 300 Chinese who took special flights.

Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said some 120 Chinese passengers boarded a Cathay Pacific flight back to Hong Kong on 5 a.m. Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Sandoval also said another 86 Chinese passengers were flown back to Pudong, China on China Eastern Airlines also on Tuesday morning, while 96 Chinese passengers boarded a China Southern flight past 9:00 p.m. on Monday.

She added that the Bureau if Immigration (BI) is closely coordinating with Chinese embassy officials who expressed their intention to assist their nationals who might wish to travel home but were having difficulty securing flights.