No general aviation flights in Metro Manila – DOTr

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Dhel Nazario 

No general aviation flights will be available within Metro Manila, diverting all flights to Sangley Airport in Cavite or to Clark International Airport in Pampanga during the 30-day community quarantine period.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade gestures during the Senate inquiry on the August 16 Xiamen Air accident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at Senate Building in Pasay city, August 29,2018. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We all have to bear the burden, carry personal inconveniences and sacrifices for the common good and our nation’s interest. These protocols are temporary,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

Cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies, government/military flights, weather mitigation flights, and maintenance and utility flights will still be permitted.

For international flights, the aviation sector stressed that there will be special airport-to-airport trips arranged by the airlines in coordination with airport authorities.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will also encourage local airlines to operate sweeper flights out of Manila and into other airports.

The aviation sector will also implement the one meter social distancing measure. Signages reminding its stakeholders to observe proper social distancing will also be posted in strategic points.

Moreover, only passengers and essential personnel can enter and exit the airport terminals.