Cebu Pacific halts online check-in for international flights due to virus


Posted at Feb 27 2020 09:19 AM

MANILA -- Cebu Pacific said it temporarily suspended online check-in for international flights to give way to checks aimed at preventing the spread of a deadly coronavirus strain.

The travel history of passengers on international flights will be checked in airport counters before they are allowed to check in and given boarding passes, the Philippines' largest airline said late Wednesday.

Online check-in is still available for domestic flights, Cebu Pacific said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Philippine Airlines earlier said self-printed and digital boarding passes would be temporarily unavailable for both international and domestic flights, according to its official Twitter account.

The Philippines has temporarily banned inbound travel from mainland China to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cebu Pacific and PAL also suspended flights to the mainland.

On Wednesday, Manila announced travel restrictions to South Korea, home to one of the largest outbreaks of the disease outside of China.