PAL eyes April 15 resumption of flights, last international departure March 25


Posted at Mar 25 2020 09:37 AM | Updated as of Mar 25 2020 10:12 AM

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MANILA -- Philippine Airlines said its last international flight would depart Manila for the US on Wednesday before it suspends operations until April 14, as the country rides out a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The flag carrier set an April 15 target to resume operations. The last departing flight PR 104 is bound for San Francisco. Incoming flights from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco will arrive from Thursday until Friday, PAL spokeswoman Cielo Villaluna said.

"Whether it will be a full-blown resumption or a calibrated resumption, that will be subject to announcement," Villaluna told DZMM.

Domestic flights were suspended from March 17, the start of the enhanced quarantine in Luzon, Villaluna said.

Luzon, home to half the country's 100 million people, is on lockdown until April 12, during which people are required to stay at home and most businesses are shut except banks, groceries and pharmacies. Public transport is also suspended.

Travel demand is down because of the lockdown, Villaluna said. Many countries have also closed their borders, she said.

"We anticipate this kind of scenario in the next few days," she said.