By Rizal Obanil
The spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Monday that domestic flights will only be allowed in areas that are under general community quarantine (GCQ).
In an interview over Dobol B sa News TV, Eric Apolonio said “Pwede lang po sila mag-operate sa GCQ. Kung ang flights galing GCQ, pero kung ‘yung airport na pupuntahan nila ay under enhanced community quarantine, may problema. (They can only operate in areas under GCQ. If the flight is coming from a GCQ area and the airport it is heading to is under enhanced community quarantine, then there will be a problem).”
Apolonio explained that both the destination and the area where the flight came from must be under GCQ for it to be allowed.
The CAAP spokesperson said that CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco was ordered by Department of Transportation’s Arthur Tugade to consider the possibility of the gradual opening of domestic airports.
Because of the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), many flights were temporarily suspended.
Under the ECQ, sea, air, and land travel to the areas under quarantine were banned with some exemptions, particularly in the delivery of essential goods.
With the country slowly shifting from ECQ to GCQ, some commercial activities will be allowed to help the economy.