By Dhel Nazario
Inbound international flights for repatriating Filipinos may resume on Monday, after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released on Friday a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) announcing the lifting of the suspension that was recently imposed.
This was done in adherence to the directive of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19.
The NOTAM states that inbound international charter flights will only be allowed to land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Mondays and Thursdays, provided that necessary clearances are secured from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and CAAP for slotting purposes.
Meanwhile, scheduled inbound international commercial flights will be allowed to land at the NAIA on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, provided that they secure approval from CAAP 48 hours before their scheduled departure from the airport of origin.
This is to properly coordinate the necessary slotting and rescheduling of flights to subscribe to the 400 passengers per day capacity of NAIA, as imposed by the IATF.
The restrictions, which will run from May 11 to June 10, 2020, shall only apply to NAIA. Other international airports in the country may have imposed their individual restrictions, upon coordination and approval by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
Meanwhile, emergency en route flights, ferry flights/cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies flights, government/military flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, and outbound ferry flights/cargo flights with passengers, as authorized, will remain unrestricted.
Further, entry restriction on foreign tourists and non-residents will continue to be enforced, until further notice.