NAIA international flights proceed, manager reassures OFWs, foreigners


Posted at Mar 18 2020 11:14 AM | Updated as of Mar 20 2020 03:21 PM

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MANILA - International flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will continue to operate and OFWs and foreigners who wish to leave the country can do so anytime after the 72-hour window was lifted by an updated COVID-19 guideline, an aviation official said Wednesday. 

"Sa ngayon tuloy ang international flights natin sa NAIA," Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal told DZMM.

(As of now, international flights will continue at the NAIA)

"Wala na tayong problema sa 72 hours na lift na kagabi. Wala na yung 72 hours na window dahil lifted po," he added. 

(The 72-hour window is no longer a problem since it was lifted last night)

Arriving passengers will be accepted but will be subject to quarantine and immigration requirements, he said. 

Filipino tourists are still barred from leaving the country while overseas Filipino workers will be allowed to leave upon the presentation of proof of employment and residence in other country, Monreal said.

The entire Luzon was placed under an enhanced community quarantine that restricted land, air and sea travel to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Philippine Airlines and AirAsia have announced flight cancellations while Cebu Pacific has suspended all flights until April 14 due to COVID-19.