By Emmie V. Abadilla
In the wake of the government’s extended lockdown, Philippine Airlines (PAL) the other night announced that all domestic flights to and from its hubs in Manila, Cebu and Clark will remain cancelled up to May 31, 2020.
However, the flag carrier is evaluating the possibility of flying international routes, as well as domestic routes, to and from its Davao hub, in coordination with concerned government authorities.
“We will announce any planned flights once these are finalized,” according to PAL’s statement. The continued pause in the airline’s Manila, Cebu and Clark hub operations is in compliance with the Philippine government’s declaration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine and related local restrictions from May 16 to 31.
“We are in the process of notifying affected passengers by e-mail,” according to PAL.
The current ticket of passengers booked on a cancelled flight remains valid, the flag carrier clarified.
Starting June 1, 2020 onwards, PAL plans to operate reduced number of weekly flights on most domestic routes and on selected international routes.
However, this will still depend on COVID-19 conditions, such as community quarantine restrictions, travel bans imposed by various governments and their impact on passenger demand and the public health and safety situation in each of the countries that PAL serves.
The airline will announce the list of operating flights and routes for June 2020, once the details are finalized.
PAL will continue to operate occasional special flights to repatriate stranded passengers and to transport urgent cargo such as medical equipment and supplies to help sustain critical supply chains across the Philippines and on selected international routes.