Philippine Airlines 'ready' for restart once quarantines permit


Posted at May 27 2020 11:02 AM | Updated as of May 27 2020 11:15 AM

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MANILA - Philippine Airlines said Wednesday it was ready to operate once the easing of lockdowns in Metro Manila and travel hubs allows the resumption of commercial air travel.

The flag carrier submitted to authorities a list of domestic and international routes that can be restarted, said its spokesperson, Cielo Villaluna.

"As far back as several weeks ago, meron na tayong proposals as to the number of domestic flights and international flight to operate," Villaluna told Teleradyo.

Metro Manila and surrounding urban areas are under a modified ECQ or enhanced community quarantine, one step above the general community quarantine or GCQ, which has fewer restrictions.

All canceled tickets due to COVID-19 and resulting lockdowns are entitled to rerouting, refund and rebooking, Villaluna said. Those with tickets starting June but have apprehensions on flying, can rebook once for free, she said.

Stringent health and security protocols will be imposed once flights resume, including mandatory wearing of face masks and personal protective equipment for cabin crew, she said.

Airlines in the country earlier suspended operations in compliance with local and overseas travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.