To comply with government restrictions on inbound travel, which takes effect today (March 18), Philippine Airlines (PAL) canceled 40 international flights.
Transport authorities capped international arrivals to 1,500 passengers daily for the next 32 days to prevent the spread of new COVID-19 variants in the country.
For today, March 18, the flag carrier canceled nine international flights:
PR 658/659, Manila-Dubai-Manila; PR 684/685, Manila-Doha-Manila; PR 5682/5683, Manila-Dammam-Manila; PR 116, Manila-Vancouver; PR 102/103, Manila-Los Angeles-Manila.
For tomorrow, Friday, March 19, it canceled 16 flights: PR 117, Vancouver-Manila; PR 507/508, Manila-Singapore-Manila; PR 100/101, Manila-Honolulu-Manila; PR 102/103, Manila-Los Angeles-Manila; PR 126, Manila-New York; PR 300/301, Manila-Hong Kong-Manila; PR 427/428, Manila-Tokyo (Narita)-Manila; PR 425/426, Manila-Fukuoka-Manila; PR 411/412, Manila-Osaka (Kansai)-Manila.
For Saturday, March 20, PAL canceled five international flights:
PR 127, New York-Manila; PR 5682/5683, Manila-Dammam-Manila; PR 104/105, Manila-San Francisco-Manila.
For Sunday, March 21, the flag carrier canceled four flights:
PR 427/428, Manila-Tokyo (Narita)-Manila; PR 535, Manila-Jakarta; PR 110, Manila-Guam.
For Monday, March 22 PAL canceled six flights:
PR 536, Jakarta-Manila; PR 111, Guam-Manila; PR 421/422, Manila-Tokyo (Haneda)-Manila; PR 437/438, Manila-Nagoya-Manila.
PAL will announce additional flight cancellations for the remainder of the 32-day period once the details are confirmed, the airline stated last night.
For its part, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is cancelling all its flights from Manila – Narita (Tokyo) – Manila and its Manila – Nagoya – Manila flights from March 18 to April 18, 2021.
On the other hand, AirAsia Philippines does not cater to international flights at the moment, so there are no cancellations and affected passengers, according to Spokesperson Steve Dailisan.
“However, we continue to partner with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and yhe Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the various repatriation efforts of Filipinos stranded abroad,” he noted.
“Meanwhile, for domestic passengers, the unlimited rebooking and flight change is still in effect for bookings made until March 31, 2021. New travel dates can be moved up to 30 June 2021.”