By Tara Yap
Amidst the scare of the 2019 novel Coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV ARD), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) slammed reports that the airport in Kalibo town, Aklan province, was still catering flights to and from China and its territories.
“It’s not true. We have too many fake news coming out,” said Engr. Eusebio Monserate Jr., acting chief of CAAP at Kalibo Airport, which caters direct international flights for tourists visiting world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town.
This was after alleged information from www.flightradar24.com began circulating in social media sites that flights were still arriving at Kalibo Airport from mainland China and its territories.
Monserate told Manila Bulletin Thursday that flights to and from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau have ceased starting Sunday, February 2, when President Duterte extended the travel ban.
Monserate said that the last flight from China that landed in Kalibo was from Shanghai, which arrived early Sunday morning, which was before the implementation of President Duterte’s extended travel ban.
Monserate cautioned the public to stop sharing unverified flight information.
Some netizens even kept on insisting that a flight from Wuhan City, the epicenter of the nCoV ARD, landed at Kalibo Airport early morning of Thursday, February 6. Monserate also denied this.
A flight aviation enthusiast, who did not want to be named explained, that netizens were wrongly interpreting the information being provided by www.flightradar24.com when they were merely looking at flight schedules for Kalibo Airport and not on the flight status, which indicated that flights to and from China have been cancelled.