DOTr: Domestic flights allowed between GCQ areas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2020 01:22 AM | Updated as of May 29 2020 10:21 AM

Planes of domestic carriers in Pasay City remain grounded amid the air travel ban for domestic flights to and from Metro Manila and other airports in Luzon under the enhanced community quarantine on March 20, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA – Domestic commercial flights will be allowed between areas under the general community quarantine, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Thursday night, as the country further eases restrictions following a 2-month coronavirus lockdown.

Aviation authorities would also expand international air travel to Clark, Cebu and Davao, he told President Rodrigo Duterte in a a briefing, as operations are concentrated in the Philippine capital.

These international gateways will have testing laboratories for arriving passengers, he added.

“”Pag nagawa ito, mahalaga ito, kasi kung darating ‘yong mga pasahero from international sa mga primary gateways na ito, kailangan ‘yong testing facility nandodoon,” Tugade said.

Aviation authorities have also tapped local hospitals to conduct tests for passengers for possible coronavirus infection

The DOTr chief also revealed they would open up more international gateways in the coming weeks. This will include airports in Zamboanga, Iloilo, Bacolod and Bohol.

“It’s imperative we spread aviation operations to other parts of the country,” he said.

Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay and Davao City will shift to general quarantine on June 1.