Commercial flights not a priority in Iloilo, Capiz

Published June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The resumption of commercial flights for non-essential travel is not a priority in Iloilo and Capiz provinces as the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues.

Only flights carrying locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are allowed at Iloilo Airport. (OWWA Region 6 / MANILA BULLETIN)
Only flights carrying locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are allowed at Iloilo Airport. (OWWA Region 6 / MANILA BULLETIN)

Governors Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo and Esteban Evan Contreras II of Capiz both emphasized that flights that would be allowed into their provinces will be those that will cater to repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs).

“For the meantime, we want to maintain it so we can focus on managing the number of people coming in,” Defensor said Wednesday.

“We want to make sure that it should only still only for our residents so we can protect Capiz and Panay Island,” Contreras added.

Regular commercial flights at the Iloilo Airport and Roxas Airport have been suspended since middle of March, and only flights catering to OFWs and LSIs have been allowed since May. There are also flights for humanitarian causes.

Both governors, who were attending a region-wide meeting in Iloilo City Wednesday, could not ascertain if there will be any changes after June 15, which marks the day the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is supposed to end.

Both Defensor and Contreras are worried that allowing non-essential travelers can cause a wave of COVID-19 transmission.

Contreras particularly noted that many repatriated OFWs test positive for COVID-19 after arriving from Manila or Cebu.

 
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