Cebu Pacific seeks clarity on 'essential travel' ahead of restart


Posted at Jun 02 2020 12:51 PM

Cebu Pacific seeks clarity on 'essential travel' ahead of restart 1
Cebu Pacific. Gigie Cruz

MANILA - Cebu Pacific said Monday transport authorities must define what qualifies as "essential travel" that is allowed under a looser pandemic lockdown that took effect this week.

Locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos workers are among those considered to have "essential" reasons for travel, Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta-Lagamon said.

The country's largest carrier has yet to resume domestic flights, pending the approval of the country's coronavirus task force and local government units, she said.

"We have to define what is leisure and what is not leisure...more or less we need to establish what is not leisure and therefore essential travel," Lagamon said.

Lagamon said no snacks would be served on board when flights resume, except for bottled water to minimize removal of face masks. 

All planes will undergo strict cleaning and disinfection to protect passengers and crew from COVID-19, she said.