MANILA - Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday said it would suspend international flights from March 26 to April 14 as more countries tightened travel restrictions, travel demand collapsed, and the ongoing lockdown made staffing difficult amid measures to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
PAL earlier said it would resume some international flights during the lockdown so that it could ferry stranded foreigners and bring home OFWs.
But the flag carrier said today that it could no longer sustain even a limited number of international flights.
"Accordingly, our last flight to depart from Manila this week will be PR 104 bound for San Francisco at 10:10 PM on March 25. Several flights will continue to arrive in Manila on March 26 from Los Angeles, Tokyo Narita and Jakarta, and on March 27 from New York JFK, San Francisco and Los Angeles," PAL said.
The company said it would conserve its resources in the meantime as it aims to resume operations on April 15 "if warranted by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment."
"We understand that this pause in operations will be an inconvenience, and we hope for your understanding as we at PAL look to the safety of our colleagues and our families as we all face this global contagion," the airline said.
PAL ceased domestic flights at the start of the lockdown last week, while Cebu Pacific and AirAsia suspended both domestic and international flights.