Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, PAL extend flight cancelations to May 31

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Posted at May 13 2020 10:15 AM | Updated as of May 13 2020 06:44 PM

The cabin of a Cebu Pacific aircraft is disinfected to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Handout photo/Cebu Pacific

MANILA - (UPDATE) Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines said Wednesday flights were canceled for the rest of May, in step with pandemic travel restrictions.

Cebu Pacific said all domestic and international flights were canceled from May 16 until May 31.

"All Cebu Pacific and Cebgo domestic and international flights remain canceled from May 16 to 31, 2020. This is in line with the implementation of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine over Metro Manila," the airline said.

Philippine Airlines' domestic flights to and from its Manila, Cebu and Clark hubs were canceled up to May 31 while flights to and from its Davao hub were being "evaluated."

"The continued pause in our Manila, Cebu and Clark hub operations is in compliance with the Philippine Government's declaration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine and related local restrictions for the period from May 16 to 31," the flag carrier said.

The enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila will be eased from May 16 for the first time in 2 months. The so-called modified ECQ will last until May 31.

The modified ECQ will also be in force from May 16 in Laguna province and Cebu City. Fewer restrictions will apply to the rest of the country which will be under general.

Depending on COVID-19 conditions, PAL said it planned to operate reduced weekly flights on most domestic and international routes starting June 1.

AirAsia on Wednesday also said all domestic and international flights were canceled until May 31 in compliance with the new quarantine guidelines.

 

Airlines in the country are preparing for the "new normal" which involves the use of personal protective equipment for flight crew and enhanced health safety protocols from check-in, boarding to flight time.