By Jeffrey Damicog
Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced on Monday (Feb. 10) that it has decided to extend up to March 28 its cancellation of flights to and from China and its special administrative regions (SARs) Hong Kong and Macau due to outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
“We are compelled to cancel these flights until March 28 in view of the continuing travel restrictions imposed by the Philippine government as a public health and safety measure, related to the novel coronavirus situation,” PAL said in a statement.
“Our Filipino flight and cabin crew members are likewise included in this ban, and thus we are unable to operate these flights.”
The canceled flights also cover those coming to and from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, and Quanzhou.
PAL said the current travel restrictions include: the ban on Filipinos from traveling to mainland China and its SARs, and the ban on the entry of foreigners who came directly from mainland China and its SARs, except those with permanent resident visas.
“As there is no definite end date to the travel ban and thus no certainty that we may resume flying after March 28, we are unable to carry out automatic flight re-accommodations for passengers of canceled flights,” the airline said.
“Once the travel ban is lifted and we reinstate our flights to and from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, you may rebook, reroute, or refund your ticket within your ticket’s validity period, with rebooking, rerouting or refund serve fees waived.”