PAL offers discount, baggage allowance to Marawi troops

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2017 08:25 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2017 08:33 PM

MANILA- Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Friday said it would offer a 40-kilogram baggage allowance to government forces traveling to defend Marawi City from Maute group militants.

In a statement, the flag carrier said the baggage allowance is available to all state forces traveling on all domestic routes on “official or personal capacity” until December 31.

“My heart goes out to our country's heroes and heroines who have sacrificed their lives in the battlefield and to all those who continue fighting to save Marawi and other critical areas. You deserve the country's highest honor,” PAL Chairman Lucio Tan said in a statement.

A 20-percent discount is also available for all government troops on regular domestic fare brands, excluding budget economy.

PAL will also give family members of fallen state forces two free domestic tickets to Manila to attend ceremonies in Malacañang on July 25, where President Rodrigo Duterte will honor the slain troops.

The airline has also donated P2 million to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to honor militiamen who have joined the battle in Marawi.

Military and police personnel must present a valid identification card upon booking a ticket and checking-in at the airport.

Earlier, AirAsia announced it was providing a baggage allowance of up to 40 kilos and a free in-flight meal to soldiers who could present a mission order and proper identification.

Cebu Pacific has also said it would provide airlift and additional baggage allowance to wounded state forces in Marawi City. It will also provide cargo transport for relief goods headed to Marawi City and nearby areas.

Firefights between state forces and Islamic State-linked terrorists have been ongoing in Marawi City for nearly two months, leaving at least 571 dead, including 99 state forces.