More flight cancellations expected at Kalibo Airport

Published March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap 

ILOILO – The threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is expected to affect more international flights at Kalibo Airport, the gateway to the popular beach destination Boracay Island in Aklan province.


“There will be more flight cancellations starting Saturday, March 7,” said Engr. Eusebio Monserate Jr., acting chief of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) at the Kalibo Airport in Kalibo town.

Monserate told The Manila Bulletin in a phone interview that airline carriers have submitted notices to CAAP Kalibo that they will be halting some direct international flights to the airport.

The airport in Kalibo has an average of 30 international flights per day.  These flights cater to foreign tourists coming in and out of the resort island of Boracay in Malay town.

The additional flight suspensions will be coming a month after the initial order that banned flights coming and going to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Monserate said the additional flight suspensions this month will be from Philippine Airlines (PAL), Pan Pacific Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and T’Way Airlines.

Monserate clarified that the decision to temporarily stop the international flights were made by the airlines, and not by CAAP.

Monserate also noted that CAAP Kalibo was still receiving requests for the landing of chartered international flights, but these have not been approved due to the current situation.

Meanwhile, the looming international flight cancellations could become a big factor for airline companies which could lay off ground workers assigned at Kailbo Airport.