Utilizing a 295-seater Airbus A350, Philippine Airlines flew to Barbados carrying 252 seafarers of the Royal Carribean of the Sea Cruise line. Before taking the PAL flight on May 20, the seafarers—composed of US nationals and Latin Americans—were in quarantine for several weeks at the cruise ship which was docked in Manila. They were finally given the green light to return home.
After touching down at Bridgetown, Barbados, the seafarers took flights to their respective home-countries: Jamaica, Honduras, Sta. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Chile, Panama, El Salvador, Haiti, Grenada, Nicaragua, Guyana, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Peru, Panama, Bahamas, Uruguay, and the US.
Since the start of the enhanced community quarantine period, PAL has been carrying out sweeper flights and international special flights to ferry the stranded home, in coordination with foreign embassies and shipping lines.
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Apart from this trip to Barbados, these repatriation flights also include milestone journeys to Maldives, Milan, and Miami.