PAL issues new flight advisory

Published July 9, 2020, 10:00 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has resumed both its international flights and domestic flights (effective July 7, Tuesday).

However, its flight schedule is highly subject to change for reasons beyond the airline’s control. 

It can cancel, add or adjust planned flights, based on international and provincial entry restrictions as well as COVID testing and quarantine limitations at specific airports. 

Certain flights may be re-routed to land in Cebu or in Clark instead of Manila, due to limited COVID testing slots in Manila. 

If so, passengers will undergo testing and hotel quarantine at their gateway point in Cebu or Clark. 

PAL will arrange for transfer to Manila for those who receive negative test results, usually within 24 to 48 hours of testing.

Todate, PAL flies Manila- Los Angeles- Manila 3x a week (Wed / Fri / Sun).

Today’s (July 10) flight will operate as Los Angeles- Cebu.

Its Manila- San Francisco- Manila flight is 2x a week (Wed/Sat) effective July 11.

The flight on July 8 operated as San Francisco to Cebu arriving today, July 10. (Arrival gateway was changed to Cebu instead, due to challenges in processing facilities at Clark and Manila airports.)

PAL flies Manila- New York once a week (Friday) effective today, July 10 and New York- Manila, once a week (Saturday) effective July 11.

Its Manila- Honolulu- Manila flight is once a week (Monday); Manila- Toronto- Manila, once a week (Thursday); Manila- Vancouver- Manila, 2x a week (Tue/Sun), effective July 12; Manila- Guam, once a week (Saturday); Guam-Manila, once a week (Sunday); Manila- London (Heathrow)- Manila, once a week (Thursday) and Manila- Sydney, July 24.

Today’s (July 10) Manila-Sydney flight was cancelled due to major quarantine and testing capacity restrictions in concerned Australian airports.

PAL will fly Sydney- Manila on July 25. Its July 11 flight was cancelled due to Australian quarantine/testing restrictions.

The airline flies Manila- Singapore, 4x a week (Mon / Wed / Sat), except for tomorrow, July 11 and July 13. Its Singapore-Manila is also 4x a week (Mon / Wed / Sat), except for July 11 and 13.

PAL flies Manila- Kuala Lumpur- Manila once a week (Sunday)but its flight on July 12 will operate as Kuala Lumpur to Cebu.

Its Manila- Jakarta flight is once a week (Saturday)  except July 18; Jakarta- Manila, once a week (Sunday) except July 19; Bangkok- Manila, once a week (Wednesday)  effective July 15; Manila- Tokyo (Haneda)- Manila  2x a week (Wed/ Sun); Manila- Tokyo (Narita)- Manila, 2x a week (Tue/ Fri).

However, the Manila-Tokyo flight today (July 10)will operate as Tokyo (Narita) to Cebu.

PAL also flew Cebu- Tokyo (Narita)- Cebu on July 2.

The airline will serve Manila- Fukuoka- Manila once a week (Sun) but the flight on July 12 will operate as Fukuoka- Cebu.

It will fly Manila- Osaka (Kansai)- Manila 2x a week (Tue/ Fri) although today’s flight (July 10) will operate as Osaka (Kansai) to Cebu.

The airline flies Manila- Nagoya- Manila 2x a week (Wed/ Sat) although its flight on July 11 will operate as Nagoya- Cebu.

It will also have a Manila- Hong Kong- Manila today and on July 12 and afterwards, will fly Manila-Hong Kong 2x a week (Tue/ Fri) effective July 14.

Today (July 10) the flight will operate as Hong Kong to Cebu.

PAL will also fly Manila- Taipei- Manila 2x a week (Wed/ Sun). Flights on July 12 will operate as Taipei to Cebu.

The flag carrier will likewise serve Manila- Dubai- Manila once a week (Tuesday); Manila- Dammam- Manila  once a week (Saturday) and Manila- Riyadh- Manila once a week (Saturday).

Its domestic flights (effective from July 6) include: Manila- Basco- Manila from July 16, and 31;Laoag- Manila 1x a week (Mon); Manila- Legaspi- Manila 4x a week (Mo/ Wed/ Fri/ Sun); Manila- Puerto Princesa- Manila 2x a week (Wed/ Sat); Manila- Cebu- Manila 2x daily; Manila- Catarman- Manila 4x a week (Mon/ Wed/ Fri/ Sun) effective July 13; Bacolod- Manila 4x a week (Mon/ Wed/ Fri/ Sun) effective July 13.

For Iloilo- Manila, PAL will have occasional sweeper flights in coordination with the LGU.

For Manila- Kalibo- Manila, PAL flies 2x a week (Fri/ Sun) effective today, July 10; Manila- Caticlan- Manila 3x a week (Wed/ Fri/ Sun) effective July 22; Manila- Roxas- Manila 3x a week (Tue/ Thu/ Sat) effective July 16; Manila- Tagbilaran(Panglao)- Manila4x a week (Mon/ Wed/ Fri/ Sun) from July 17; Manila- Butuan- Manila2x a week (Mon/ Fri) effective July 13; Manila- Cotabato- Manila, 3x a week (Wed/ Fri/ Sun); Manila- Cagayan de Oro- Manila4x a week (Mon/ Wed/ Fri/ Sun); Manila-Dipolog- Manila3x a week (Wed/ Fri/ Sun) except today July 10; Manila- Davao- Manila 2x a week (Mon/ Thu); Manila- General Santos- Manila 2x a week (Mon/ Thu); Manila- Ozamiz-Manila 3x a week (Mon/ Wed/ Fri) effective July 13; Manila- Pagadian- Manila,3x a week (Tue/ Thu/ Sun); Manila- Zamboanga- Manila, 2x a week (Mon/ Thu);Clark- Davao- Clark1x a week (Fri);Cebu- Cagayan de Oro- Cebu 2x a week (Wed/ Sun); Cebu- Davao- Cebu 1x a week (Tue); Davao- Iloilo- Davao 1x a week (Fri) effective July 17 and Davao- Tagbilaran(Panglao)- Davao 1x a week (Thu) effective July 16.

PAL plans to increase the number of routes and flights in the coming weeks and months, if allowed by aviation authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment.

Passengers should check with the local government offices of both their origin point and final destination on travel requirements, such as mandated documents or health certifications. 

These requirements differ from province to province, and are revised and updated constantly in line with the anti-COVID-19 arrangements of each locality.

All of PAL’s international flights from Manila will depart from NAIA Terminal 1. Arrivals will be at NAIA Terminal 2.

Departure and arrival of all domestic flights will be at NAIA Terminal 2.

Passengers should bring theirown face masks or facial coverings, as they are now required to wear face masks at all times – at the airport and throughout their flight.

PAL likewise encourages passengers to check-in online and arrive early at the airport to allocate extra time for new safety procedures– at least 3 hours prior to departure for domestic flights; and 4 hours prior to departure for international flights.

PAL’s cabin crew would have undergone medical evaluation prior to their duty, and will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on board the flight.

A modified meal and snack service will be offered on board, using sealed packaging instead of traditional meals.

All PAL aircraft are equipped with high-technology systems that continuously infuse fresh air across the cabin (cabin air is replaced every 2 to 3 minutes), as well as HEPA filters that trap viruses, bacteria and other contaminants with 99.9% efficiency.

The onboard air creates a cleaner environment that is safer than most enclosed public spaces and comparable to hospital operating rooms.