MANILA - Philippine Airlines said on Wednesday it will be mounting special flights on Feb. 10 for passengers stranded because of the cancelation of all PAL flights to and from mainland China this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The special flights will serve the Manila-Xiamen and Xiamen-Manila routes and will be staffed with pilots and cabin crew who volunteered for the service.
"The inbound flight from Xiamen will enable Filipino citizens and holders of Philippine permanent resident visas to fly back to the Philippines," PAL said.
The outbound flight from Manila will allow Chinese and other non-Filipino nationals to return to mainland China, the flag carrier said.
"Flight PR 334 will depart Manila for Xiamen at 7:30 a.m. on February 10, arriving at 9:55 a.m. The return PR335 leg will depart Xiamen at 11:05 p.m. and arrive in Manila at 1:50 p.m. on February 10," PAL said.
The special flights, however, are subject to final government approvals, including the waiver of the Filipino travel ban for concerned pilots and cabin crew, PAL said.
The volunteer pilots and crew will also have to submit to home quarantine for 14 days after their return to the Philippines.
PAL and other local carriers suspended flights to China after the Philippines imposed a travel ban to China, Hong Kong and Macau.